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UK forestry investment market grows by 200%, research shows

15 Mar 2016

The value of the UK forestry market has increased by more than 200% in the last five years, according to new research. Forestry remains a strong performer among all land-based investments, with more than £130 million being traded last year and a rise in the average value per hectare.

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Europe expected to plant 600,000ha of forestry to combat climate change

28 Feb 2016

Investment in forestry over the next five years will have a big impact on the environment, as it will result in the planting of 600,000 ha in Europe.

Renewables News

The end of the line for today’s wind turbines

26 Feb 2016

We need to start thinking today about the future of our wind turbines.

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Forestry: Slow growth market

11 Feb 2016

If money really does not grow on trees, someone forgot to tell the global pension fund community. Around the world, institutional investors’ appetite for timberland is rising, consultants are advising pension funds on how to add more timberland to their portfolios – and how to identify suitable strategies and managers – and the timber industry is adapting to the ESG and stewarding requirements of institutional capital.

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Sheltered from biggest risks, green fuel to ride out oil crash

11 Feb 2016

Green power is cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels and will buck the trend of falling investment in oil and gas as it can offer long-term returns sheltered from political risk, investors and industry analysts say.

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Thousands Of Christians Set To Switch To Greener Energy Suppliers

10 Feb 2016

A new initiative responding to the Christian community’s concern around climate change will see thousands of people across the UK encouraged to switch their homes and churches to electricity from renewable sources. Launched on Ash Wednesday, February 10th, the Big Church Switch, facilitated by Christian Aid and Tearfund, will start inviting hundreds of thousands of Christians to switch energy suppliers, to urge their churches to follow suit, and to celebrate those churches and individuals who have already made the switch.

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Wind generated 48% of Scotland's power needs in Jan

8 Feb 2016

Wind farms produced enough power to cover 48% of Scotland's electricity needs in January 2016, although generation was lower than in the same month of 2015, WWF Scotland said on Monday.

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Pension funds and insurers share appetite for infrastructure

3 Feb 2016

For pension funds that have not yet reached self-sufficiency and for insurance companies that leverage, squeeze and manage their balance sheet, capturing a premium above government bonds within a closely monitored asset-liability-monitoring framework is a necessity.

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US Demand for Lumber is on the Increase: Where will it Come From?

1 Feb 2016

US housing starts reached 1.1 million in 2015, 500,000 more than in 2011. US housing starts are predicted to increase in the coming three to five years, to reach 1.5 million. Higher demand for wood in the US has positive implications for UK timber prices and woodland owners.

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Norbord Announces £95 Million Reinvestment in Inverness OSB Mill

28 Jan 2016

Norbord produces oriented strand board (OSB). This is used as an alternative to plywood in construction and furniture. The £95 million investment will double capacity at Norbord’s Inverness mill. This will further enhance the UK’s timber processing capacity and ensure that the industry remains amongst the most technologically advanced globally. Furthermore, it is positive news for UK timber prices.

Renewables News

UK faces 55% power supply gap

26 Jan 2016

The UK faces a 40–55% electricity supply gap is the government implements its plans to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025 on top of retiring ageing nuclear power stations, according to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Institutional Investors to embrace illiquid assets and active management in 2016

25 Jan 2016

Large institutional investors expect to embrace active management in 2016 to combat macro-economic trends, anticipated market volatility and divergent monetary policy, a new BlackRock survey has found.

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Timber and solar funds launched

20 Jan 2016

Alternative investment manager FIM has launched two UK-focused funds, which will invest in timberland and solar, respectively. Oxfordshire-based FIM, which has more than £600 million ($850 million) of assets and mainly targets high net-worth individuals and institutions, is raising funds for FIM Timberland LP and the FIM Solar Distribution LLP. The timber fund will invest in large-scale UK commercial forests, while the solar fund will invest in operational solar farms in the country. Both funds target annualised returns of 7%.

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Scotland’s forests to generate £13m a year from renewables

15 Jan 2016

Around £13m a year is to be raised for the public purse from leasing Scotland’s national forest estate to renewable energy developers by 2020.

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Why its smart to invest in renewable energy

28 Dec 2015

One of the main advantages of renewable energy, particularly at the moment, is it is extremely cost efficient. Despite the recent controversial decision by the UK government to severely reduce financial incentives for renewable projects, both solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind are now poised to become cost-competitive with fossil fuels.

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Further confirmation that the forestry sector in Scotland makes a major economic contribution.

22 Dec 2015

A report by CJC Consulting has concluded that the forestry sector (including management, harvesting, timber processing, recreation/tourism and deer/game from forests) contributes just over £1 billion of Gross Value Added (GVA) to the Scottish economy annually, whilst supporting 28,000 full time jobs in Scotland (which is about 1.5% of the total full time jobs in Scotland – the majority of which are in remote rural locations).