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Michael Gove Visits the UK's Largest New Forest

13 Mar 2018

Confor arrange Michael Gove's visit to Jerah.

Forestry News

Forestry and Local Economy

13 Mar 2018

Confor's Forestry and Local Economy Case Studies

Forestry News

Softwood Lumber Prices Up

6 Mar 2018

Softwood lumber prices in the UK have increased by circa £10 per cubic metre. Scandinavian shippers, who supply circa 60% of the UK’s demand, are expecting to see even higher prices by mid-year. Of continuing interest to UK forest owners is the wide discount of some 15% between Scandinavian carcassing timber, at circa £228 per cubic metre, compared to circa £195 per cubic metre for UK carcassing timber, which therefore has significant upside potential from current pricing levels.

Forestry News

USA Timber Imports from Europe Up

6 Mar 2018

Although the USA’s foreign trade in softwood lumber declined by 3% in 2017, the startling statistic was the rise in imports from Europe, which increased by 225% to 1.8 million cubic metres. Canada still supplies over 90% of all the USA’s softwood lumber imports, but the quantum fell by 7% in 2017 as Canada directed more supplies to China, thus opening the door for European exports, principally those from Germany and Sweden. This has long been a factor in the global supply chain. As China’s consumption rises it draws supplies away from traditional markets, tightening the supply chain in the process, leading to higher prices.

Forestry News

Supermarket Iceland to use Wood Pulp and Paper Packaging instead of Plastic

6 Mar 2018

Iceland has announced that by 2023 all packaging on its own brands (incorporating 1,400 product lines) will be made from wood pulp and paper, rather than plastic. This is a further indication of how environmentally friendly uses of timber can be expected to boost demand for the raw material – and therefore prices – in the coming years.

Forestry News

Tokyo logs plans to build world's tallest wooden skycraper

15 Feb 2018

A Japanese company is aiming high with plans for a city of timber buildings in Tokyo, starting with the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper, which will rise up 70 storeys.

Renewables News

Five tough choices for UK to keep the lights on

25 Jan 2018

Funding constraints collide with switch to low-carbon electricity generation,

Renewables News

Fears for future of UK onshore wind power despite record growth

25 Jan 2018

A record amount of onshore wind power was built in the UK last year, but government policy has been stalling the sector and risked increasing energy bills for consumers, the industry has warned.

Forestry News

Confor welcomes Gove's fresh approach

18 Jan 2018

Stuart Goodall has reacted to Michael Gove's speech to the Oxford Farming Conference on post-Brexit support for the UK's rural areas.

Renewables News

A Sunny Start to 2018 for FIM’s Investors

9 Jan 2018

FIM kicks off the New Year with its latest renewable energy assets acquisition.

Forestry News

Global sawlog prices forecast to keep rising in 2018

4 Jan 2018

The Wood Resource Quarterly reports that the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) rose by 5.1% between Q2 2017 and Q3 2017.

Renewables News

BBC News: UK enjoyed 'greenest year for electricity ever' in 2017

2 Jan 2018

The UK has achieved its greenest year ever in terms of how the nation's electricity is generated, National Grid figures reveal.

Forestry News

China's timber consumption

22 Dec 2017

China is the biggest timber consuming country in the world. Its own timber resources are limited.

Forestry News

Need to grow more trees

21 Dec 2017

Stuart Goodall: We need to grow more trees – how about a Chief Forester to make it happen?

Forestry News

The "Boring Budget"?

14 Dec 2017

The November budget was anything but boring for forestry investors

Renewables News

Why every investment portfolio should include an allocation to solar

14 Dec 2017

Why every investment portfolio should include an allocation to solar