Scottish government unveils plan to source half of energy from renewables by 2030

26 Jan 2017

The Scottish government has this week unveiled ambitious new plans to source half the country's energy, including energy for heat and transport, from renewable sources by 2030. The draft Scottish...

Forestry News

There’s going to be more trees in Scotland: Government reveal plans to up its planting targets

21 Jan 2017

The Scottish Government has revealed plans to increase its annual tree planting target from 10,000 hectares to 15,000 hectares by 2025 – an increase from around 22 million to 33 million trees every year.

Forestry News

Time to Buy Trees

20 Jan 2017

Douglas Donnell, timberland asset executive at U.S. Trust, is bullish on trees. They’re an inflation hedge uncorrelated to either stocks of bonds, he says, and a smart investment to consider as we possibly head into a deflation-to-inflation environment.

Robust Market Demand is Leading to UK Log Price Rises as the Cost of Imported Sawn Timber Goes Up

18 Jan 2017

Robust market demand is leading to UK log price rises, as the cost of imported sawn timber goes up and UK residential construction activity increases. UK sawlog prices rose sharply last year, being £7 per cubic metre higher in the third quarter than they were in the second. The average coniferous sawlog price was £44.19 per cubic metre in September 2016 according to published figures from the Forestry Commission. The outlook for log prices paid to private owners is strongly positive as supply reductions are coupled with increased demand.

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How To Move Sustainable Investing Into The Spotlight

18 Jan 2017

I am new to the world of sustainable investments. For the last 25 years, before joining the Climate Trust, my career was centered almost exclusively on timberland investing. The corollaries between sustainable and timberland investing may not be apparent at first, but U.S. timberland investing is based almost entirely on sustainable forestry. In fact, most U.S. timberland companies manage their assets under either the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) criteria.

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Conifers show strength of Scotland’s forestry industry

13 Jan 2017

Scotland’s conifer forests are the biggest in the UK, with more than a million hectares of conifer woodland across the country.

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Seeing the wood for the trees

9 Jan 2017

Analysis: Whether investing in the UK or overseas, forestry and timberland can be an attractive addition to a pension fund portfolio. So what should trustees be aware of before branching out into this asset class?

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EU green light for Drax 3

19 Dec 2016

The European Commission has approved Drax’s plan to fully power a third generating unit of its Yorkshire facility with sustainable biomass. Drax said it will now complete the upgrade of the third of its six units to run on wood pellets, a project that started in July 2015.

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UK’s Southwark pension fund to shed fossil fuel investments

14 Dec 2016

The London Borough of Southwark Pension Fund has become the second fund in the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to commit to selling off its investments in fossil fuels, following an announcement yesterday.

With Christmas not far away, our thoughts naturally turn to trees amongst other things

28 Nov 2016

With Christmas not far away, our thoughts naturally turn to trees amongst other things. Neil Martin speaks to Anthony Crosbie Dawson, an investment manager at FIM Services who likes to think he can see the wood from the trees. So is now a good time to invest in timber?

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British Sawn Timber Market Buoyed by Brexit Decision

23 Nov 2016

The British sawn timber market has been buoyed by the Brexit decision, with British sawmills running at full capacity in the final quarter of 2016. The increased competitiveness of UK sawmills has resulted in an increased number of bids and higher prices paid for recent FIM timber sales. This has yet to be reflected in plantation values, signalling a buying opportunity.

Forestry News

Brexit favours forestry

11 Nov 2016

BREXIT will break down 'silo thinking' on land use in Britain – and that could mean more of the post-CAP rural budget going to encourage tree planting.

New pier in Argyll will benefit local forests and increase timber shipping capacity

3 Nov 2016

A new pier in Argyll will benefit local forests and increase timber shipping capacity by an estimated 250,000 tonnes over the next 10 years.

Renewables News

Three quarters of British public support onshore wind (and even more solar)

1 Nov 2016

A new poll published today revealed that the vast majority of the British public (83%) supports solar farms and almost three-quarters (73 %) is in favour of onshore wind.

Renewables News

Solar and wind surge sees renewable power capacity overtake coal’s: IEA report

27 Oct 2016

Global renewable electricity capacity has overtaken coal to become the world’s largest installed power source for the first time, after a record-breaking year in which half a million solar panels were installed every day.

Forestry News

New timber pier could be worth £10million to Argyll

24 Oct 2016

New timber pier could be worth £10million to Argyll