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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.

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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).

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The evaporating capacity margin in the UK

11 Dec 2015

The evaporating capacity margin in the UK. On 18th November 2015, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd set out her vision for electricity security of supply in the UK amid capacity issues with the National Grid issuing its first NISM (a notice of insufficient margin). Are gas fired power stations the answer?

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How to invest in UK woodland

6 Dec 2015

The investment returns have been excellent for those who have invested in UK woodland during the past. 20 years

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Scotland's forestry sector worth £1bn

30 Nov 2015

Scotland's forestry sector is contributing nearly £1 billion to the economy through forest management, timber processing and recreation, according to a new report.

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Wind farms produce 11.2% of UK power in 24 hours

25 Nov 2015

Wind farms in the UK produced 103,276 MWh of electricity in the 24 hours to 1230 on Wednesday, local time, thus reaching an 11.2% share in the country’s total power generation.

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1.5 million new homes required in England by 2020 to resolve the housing crisis

23 Nov 2015

A study by the Town and Country Planning Association has concluded that in order to resolve the shortfall in housing in England, 312,000 homes will need to be built each year for the next five years.

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As coal use fades, renewables take center stage

11 Nov 2015

Weeks away from the UN climate change summit in Paris, major economies around the world are looking to cut pollution and invest in clean energy.

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Renewable energy investment predicted to surge

10 Nov 2015

Countries are realising the cost of their dependence on oil and coal, says International Energy Agency