Renewables News

Nothing can compete with renewable energy, says top climate scientist

9 Nov 2015

Catastrophic global warming can be avoided with a deal at a crunch UN climate change summit in Paris this December because “ultimately nothing can compete with renewables”, according to one of the world’s most influential climate scientists.

Renewables News

Scrapping support for onshore wind developments could hit energy customers

5 Nov 2015

Government proposals to block onshore wind farms could cost energy consumers at least £0.5 billion, a new report has warned.

Forestry News

US Housing starts are recovering, which is positive news for global timber prices.

3 Nov 2015

In July 2015 US housing starts rose to a near eight year high, driven by a surge in the construction of single family homes, which increased by 12.8% from June to July.

Renewables News

Goldman Sachs to invest $150bn in clean energy

3 Nov 2015

Banking giant Goldman Sachs has announced it will leverage $150bn into clean energy financing and investments by 2025 as it also aims to become the first US investment bank to be carbon-neutral across its operations.

Forestry News

Forestry an investment where money grows on trees

1 Nov 2015

We will shortly be coming to the end of a period which, for many lovers of the countryside, is the best time of year – that window from late September to mid-November when our natural forests are ablaze with autumn colour.

Forestry News

Timberland index gains 0.77% in Q3

29 Oct 2015

The NCREIF Timberland index returned 0.77% in the third quarter, consisting mostly of 0.71% income return, and appreciation of 0.06%.

UK Consumption of softwood lumber increased by 12% from 2013 to 2014

26 Oct 2015

According to Forestry Commission statistics there was a 12% increase, from 8.5 million cubic metres in 2013 to 9.5 million cubic metres in 2014, of softwood lumber consumed in the UK.

Renewables News

Renewable energy firms set to boom as divestment grows

20 Oct 2015

Over the past year divestment has become one of the hottest topics in sustainable and responsible investment, as institutions ranging from the governments of Norway and California to the heirs to the Rockefeller Standard Oil fortune have removed, or pledged to remove, huge swathes of money from the fossil fuel industry.

Renewables News

UN scientist Jacquie McGlade raps UK over renewables

19 Oct 2015

Cuts in support for renewable energy in the UK have been criticised by the UN's chief environment scientist.

Forestry News

Londoners pay a quarter of the UK's £3bn total inheritance tax

14 Oct 2015

London and the South East pay half of the country’s £3bn inheritance tax bill, new research from Prudential reveals today.

Forestry News

Timber production soars as industry reaps benefits of 1960s tree-planting boom

12 Oct 2015

The UK is reaping the rewards of a frenetic period of conifer sowing in the 1960s, producing a record 12 million tonnes of timber in 2014, according to new figures from the Forestry Commission.

Renewables News

The council pension pots fuelling local futures instead of climate change

12 Oct 2015

The news that millions of public sector staff stand to lose hundreds of pounds as local government pension funds with investments in coal companies crash in value shows there is a serious financial issue in funding fossil fuels. But there’s also an ethical one - scientists say 80% of our fossil fuels must stay in the ground to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

Renewables News

The world's on track to get 26% of its power from renewables by 2020

9 Oct 2015

It's no secret that renewable energy sources such as solar and wind are getting cheaper and more efficient by the day, and as a result, countries around the world are increasingly beginning to embrace the technology. In fact, there's now more capacity for renewable energy being added each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined, which is a really huge deal.

Renewables News

UK confirms grace period for onshore wind projects

8 Oct 2015

The UK Government has set out details of the grace period criteria for onshore wind projects following a consultation. It confirmed projects with planning consent, grid connections and agreements to use the land by 18th June will be eligible for the one-year grace period.

Renewables News

Onshore windfarms cheapest form of UK electricity, report shows

7 Oct 2015

Falling costs mean new windfarms are now £20 cheaper per megawatt hour than coal or gas-fired plants, according to new analysis.

Forestry News

European Sawmills Look To Expand International Market Share

2 Oct 2015

Ever increasing exports of sawn products to the Middle East and North Africa (which could rise dramatically further if the political situation in these regions increases in the medium term), recovering US housing start levels and ongoing urbanisation in China (250 million more people are expected to migrate from rural areas to towns and cities over the next decade); all of these factors represent opportunities for European sawmills. FIM believe that this could lead to a reallocation of exports from the UK to markets further afield, resulting in reduced competition and therefore higher prices for UK growers.