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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New student residence to be among world’s tallest wood buildings

1 Oct 2015

One of the tallest wood buildings in the world will soon be constructed at UBC, providing housing for hundreds of students. When completed, the $51.5-million residence building will stand 53 metres tall (about 174 feet).

Forestry News

£48m of Equity investment pumped into Cramlington biomass plant.

24 Sep 2015

Estover Energy's forthcoming biomass plant has attracted the backing from the UK Green Investment Bank and John Laing Group

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Millions of UK public sector pensions 'exposed to risky fossil fuel investments'

24 Sep 2015

Millions of local government workers have over £3,000 each in potentially risky fossil fuels investments through their pension schemes

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UK Government is misleading the public over the relative costs of renewable energy and nuclear power

23 Sep 2015

Chancellor George Osborne and the UK government are grossly misleading the public over the relative costs of renewable energy and nuclear power. Osborne's claim that nuclear is the 'cheapest low carbon technology' is the very reverse of the truth.

Forestry News

Target of one million new homes for UK

22 Sep 2015

The government has announced a target of one million new homes to be built in England by 2020. The plan has been announced by housing minister Brandon Lewis in an attempt to resolve a “decades-old deficit”. Although such arbitrary targets have historically not been achieved, FIM believe that this announcement provides further evidence of government support for the construction sector, which can only be positive for UK timber demand.

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Britain's supermarkets sign up to WWF's Save Forests campaign

21 Sep 2015

Asda has become the latest grocer to sign up to WWF’s Save Forests campaign, completing the line-up of major supermarkets lending their support, all pledging to ensure their timber and wood based products will be from sustainable sources by 2020.

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Shell praises solar ‘backbone’

21 Sep 2015

Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden has predicted that solar will be the 'dominant backbone' of the global energy system in years to come.