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The Timber Trade Federation (TTF), CEI Bois, and the Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS) have come together to offer the opportunity for EU companies to exchange, learn and ask questions around UKTR

26 April 2021

Join us to learn directly from the Competent Authority for UK Timber Regulations on the expectations and requirements for due diligence under UKTR/FLEGT; share and discuss your questions and exchange your own experiences so far on exporting to the UK.

If you are an EU based timber company exporting to GB and have received requests from your UK timber importers as part of their due diligence exercise for UKTR, or if you wish to learn what the minimum requirements are from the UK enforcement body for the UKTR, you can benefit from this session.

The event is scheduled for Friday, 28 May 2021, 1130 – 1330 BST, or 1230 – 1430 CET, and will take place via Zoom.  

For more information and to register click HERE.

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On the 30 of March 2021 the wood4bauhaus Alliance was accepted and confirmed by the European Commission as an official partner of the New European Bauhaus.

02 April 2021

The European Woodworking Confederation (CEI-Bois) together with InnovaWood EU network for wood research, innovation and education, the European Panel Federation (EPF), the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW), the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) is a founding member of the wood4bauhaus Alliance. This European wood-based sector Alliance also has the support of the Horizon 2020 project consortia BASAJAUN and WoodCircus.

Wood4Bauhaus aims to contribute to shaping a better and sustainable future with beautiful, healthy and inclusive living spaces as part of a sustainable, low carbon-built environment. Our goal is to inspire as many actors as possible to co-create in a bottom-up approach and develop contributions to the New European Bauhaus from European to regional and local level, all in the common interest to advance and exploit as much as possible nature-based materials, innovative building systems and smart solutions for the benefit of European citizens.

Our ambition is to grow the network of supporters and contribute to forming a major hub of the sector for the New European Bauhaus. 

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The European woodworking industries, as pioneers in fighting illegal logging, offer critical perspectives on combatting deforestation driven by imported commodities

16 February 2021

Forests are our best allies in mitigating climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere: together with oceans, they act as reservoirs, storing carbon for decades and even centuries in trees and long-lived wood products. It is little wonder that deforestation is a key environmental concern worldwide, being a very serious driver of CO2 emissions and habitat loss. As stated by Commission President Von Der Leyen in the recent “One Planet” summit on biodiversity, the EU is firm in the commitment to ensure that the single market does not drive deforestation in other parts of the world via the import of deforestation-linked commodities.

One has to remember that the primary driver of deforestation is land use change: as populations grow and economies develop, forest land is being cleared for conversion to food agriculture and other crops, mining activities, urban and infrastructure development (source: FAO). Timber and timber products from sustainably managed forests are not linked to global deforestation; on the contrary, deforestation prevents the future availability of wood material, whereas forests sustainably managed and with long-term economic value stay as forests.
The European Woodworking Industries have been pioneers in fighting illegal logging and improving the legality of the production and sale of sustainable timber. Read more.

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General Assembly announcement:

CEI-Bois, the European Confederation of the Woodworking Industries will host it's June 2021 General Assembly online

19 April 2021

CEI-Bois has the pleasure to inform that the next CEI-Bois General Assembly meeting will take place on the 8th of June 2021 from 14:00-17:00 pm CET. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and safety measures taken by the Belgian Government, the CEI-Bois Board Members agreed to host the CEI-Bois Assembly meeting in an online format. 
Kindly notice that the CEI-Bois General Assembly is closed to the public and only members are invited to attend. Members will receive in due time a convening notice including a clear and specific description of the processes regarding the remote participation. 
The draft agenda of the General Assembly meeting will be available in due course. 

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Paul Brannen, Head of Public Affairs for CEI-Bois spoke at a meeting of the UK Parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry and Tree Planting: Why the UK must use more wood on the 24 of February 2021

01 March 2021

His contribution was focused on ‘Using more wood: big opportunities & bigger rewards’. He began by highlighting the need to house the world’s growing population and the danger to the climate of continuing to build predominately using the carbon intensive materials of concrete, steel, brick and block. Wood is the only building material that can substitute for these materials and it has the additional advantage of storing carbon. 
His final point was to encourage people to think about the 3S framework. Sequestration of carbon by trees (plant more!) the storage of carbon in timber (new build and renovation) and the substitution of carbon intensive materials resulting for an increased use of timber especially in construction.  Read more.

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CEI-Bois participates in Wood Be Better event on “Using wood - a decisive contribution in greening our buildings”

28 January 2021

The online webinar, organised by CEI-Bois' member Skogsindustrierna on the 28 of January 2021, focused on how the wood industry can drive the sustainability transition of the construction and renovation sector in Europe, and featured the participation of Paul Brannen, CEI-Bois Director of Public Affairs.

You can find the recorded emission HERE

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