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Industry associations have an important role to play in the digital transformation

08 November 2021

In March this year, the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries, CEI-Bois, initiated a pilot project together with Cobuilder to help manufacturers digitise their data and make it available in a machine-readable and standardised format. As part of the pilot project, the CEI-Bois initiative TIMBIM will create a common data dictionary and common data templates that are based on relevant harmonised product and test standards and are applied across all European countries.

We spoke with Hansueli Schmid, one of the members of the CEI-Bois workgroup that manages the TIMBIM project, to learn more about the development of the common data structures for the European timber industry.

Product information is essential for all processes in a construction project
Hansueli is a project manager at Lignum, the Association of the Swiss forest and timber economy, where he manages the Swiss wood BIM library www.lignumdata.ch. He is also a member of the steering committee of buildingSmart International Product Room that focuses specifically on the robust and efficient use of product data as part of openBIM.

Full interview available here: https://cobuilder.com/en/industry-associations-have-an-important-role-to-play-in-the-digital-transformation/ 

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CEI-Bois' Public Affairs Director Mr Brannen recently spoke at an event organised by the UK Alliance for Sustainable Building Products on the subject of ‘COP26 Glasgow: promoting wood as a key material to decarbonise the built environment’.

29 September 2021

Mr Brannen's key points were as follows.

The opportunity for the timber sector has never been bigger because you cannot decarbonise the built environment without wood.

Advocacy by the global wood industry will be focused on a manifesto, currently with the working title: Growing our low carbon future: time for timber.

The manifesto will make the climate case for wood. Explain what is new in the world of wood construction. Set out the key climate advantages of using more wood in the built environment. Policy recommendations will include insisting embodied carbon and lifecycle assessment measurements are at the heart of local and national building plans.

The manifesto will conclude, wood must be adopted more widely and utilised more efficiently in the global built environment. The potential climate impacts of using more wood are immense: they offer solutions based on available technology which simultaneously store carbon and substitute fossil resources, and thus can drastically and quickly diminish the CO2 emissions caused by the global building stock.

The manifesto will be launched twice. Once in London on the eve of the COP and then again at the COP. It will be promoted via a media advertisement, a short video and a PR stunt.

Either side of the COP a World of Wood Festival will be held in London 25th 0ctober – 3rd December featuring talks and exhibitions.Paul recently spoke at an event organised by the UK Alliance for Sustainable Building Products on the subject of ‘COP26 Glasgow: promoting wood as a key material to decarbonise the built environment’.
The full event video can be found here: Lunchtime update: Timber and bio-based materials at UN Climate Change Conferences - The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (asbp.org.uk)
Paul’s key points were as follows.
The opportunity for the timber sector has never been bigger because you cannot decarbonise the built environment without wood.
Advocacy by the global wood industry will be focused on a manifesto, currently with the working title: Growing our low carbon future: time for timber.
The manifesto will make the climate case for wood. Explain what is new in the world of wood construction. Set out the key climate advantages of using more wood in the built environment. Policy recommendations will include insisting embodied carbon and lifecycle assessment measurements are at the heart of local and national building plans. 
The manifesto will conclude, wood must be adopted more widely and utilised more efficiently in the global built environment. The potential climate impacts of using more wood are immense: they offer solutions based on available technology which simultaneously store carbon and substitute fossil resources, and thus can drastically and quickly diminish the CO2 emissions caused by the global building stock. 
The manifesto will be launched twice. Once in London on the eve of the COP and then again at the COP. It will be promoted via a media advertisement, a short video and a PR stunt.
Either side of the COP a World of Wood Festival will be held in London 25th 0ctober – 3rd December featuring talks and exhibitions.

Full recording available HERE.

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In the latest Time for Timber podcast, Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association, sat down with Paul Brannen, Director Public Affairs CEI-Bois & EOS, to discuss the most important event happening in 2021, COP26

26 July 2021

Regarding sources of carbon emissions, the construction sector is responsible for anywhere between 40 and 50 percent. During their conversation, Paul Brannen highlights that it is therefore the duty of the construction industry to reduce that figure, whilst expressing his belief that timber provides the key means in which to do this. Paul discusses what he calls the three S’s, those being sequestrate, store and substitute. As a tree grows, carbon within the atmosphere is captured within the tree itself, this process is known as carbon sequestration. Once a tree is felled and processed into building materials, the sequestered carbon remains stored within the wood. The production of building materials such as cement and steel are particularly high emitters of carbon, by substituting them with timber, the environmental impact of construction is immediately lessened. These are the core messages that Paul wishes to present to the politicians attending COP26. As he states, utilising timber within construction is low hanging fruit.

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The European Organization of the Sawmill Industry has held its Summer General Assembly amid high demand but increasing supply challenges.

24 June 2021

On June 24, the European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) held its Summer General Assembly online due to the ongoing pandemic.

The EOS Team is excited to announce the appointment of Herbert Joebstl – SVP Head of Operations Stora Enso Wood Products (Austria), as new President of EOS.

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The Slovenian Wood Industry Cluster invites you their online b2b Wood & Furniture matchmaking event on the 9 of June 2021

18 May 2021

The Event is coordinated by the Wood Industry Cluster Slovenia and Chamber of Commerce and industry of Slovenia and supported by SPIRIT Slovenia, a public agency and Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia – Wood Industry Directorate. 

The event will feature individual international business b2b meetings in order to find new business opportunities with innovative Slovenian wood and furniture companies and entrepreneurs.
Individual business meetings (b2b) with international participation will be organized on-line on 9th June 2021 between 12.30 and 14.00 CET on the Swapcard matchmaking platform.
If you are construction or furniture company, real estate developer, architect, interior designer, agent, retailer, wholesaler.. You are welcome to register and add your company profile via Swapcard, until 30 May 2021. The participation is free of charge for non-Slovenian companies. 
The b2b meetings will be pre-arranged and only available to registered participants on the Swapcard platform, 20 minutes each. The language of the meetings will be English or any other language agreed upon by the participants of the 1×1 meeting.

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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. 

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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.

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World of Wood Festival to highlight role of timber in creating a low-carbon future:

25 October 2021

Featuring Paul Brannen David Hopkins and Kirsten Haggart and talking about: 
- our building with wood manifesto, which focuses on European and North American forestry and timber industries, and how we can use wood to transform our built environment to create vast carbon sinks in our rural areas and carbon stores in our cities;
-  the tropical timber manifesto being launched by the global timber industry, Global Forests Need Global Governance, which sets out a new vision for tropical forests and timber;
- UK's premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in wood.

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Architects dRMM’s Timber Beacon shortlisted for COP26

29 July 2021

dRMM are delighted that their design for a re-useable timber pavilion has been shortlisted by the British Government to exhibit at COP26 – the UN climate change talks which are due to be held in Glasgow in November 2021

Designed as a wayfinding object which tells the story of timber’s ability to outperform other building materials in terms of carbon, strength and beauty, ‘Timber Beacon’ is dRMM’s response to the collective brief of a unique global timber industry collaboration.

This collaboration is formed from a 25+ strong allegiance of innovators in engineered mass timber and wood-based products including those from a global forest growth and development context. The allegiance is led by the UK Timber Trade Federation, CEI-Bois and the European Confederation of Wood Working Industries.

More information available - HERE.

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The 69th International Softwood Conference (ISC) will be a hybrid Conference taking place in Helsinki on 13-14 October 2021

28 June 2021

The European Timber Federation (ETTF) and the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS), together with hosting association Sahateollisuus (Finnish Sawmills Association) announce that the 69th International Softwood Conference (ISC) will take place in a hybrid form (both physical and digital) on 13-14 October 2021.

“The ongoing pandemic, the high level of uncertainty, but also the willingness to have the feel of a normal conference, pushed us to come up with this innovative format for the ISC 2021” said Kai Merivuori, Managing Director of Sahateollisuus, in agreement with EOS and ETTF.

The ISC in 2021 will be particularly interesting in view of the unprecedented market developments that have been taking place since the beginning of the pandemic. The high-level presenters at the ISC will strive to forecast how the market will move in the foreseeable future ensuring good geographical coverage and stimulating topics.

Like every year, information about the registration for the hybrid conference 2021 will be available on the website of the conference - HERE.

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¨Time to dispel the forest carbon debt illusion¨

17 June 2021

The Swedish Forest Industries organised a webinar titled ¨Time to dispel the forest carbon illusion on the 17th of June 2021. 

During the livestreamed broadcast Dr. Holmgren presented his conclusions and findings from the  new report “The forest carbon debt illusion” in which he analyses carbon flows for different levels of forest management in Sweden and how these scenarios impact the atmosphere. 

Professor Gert-Jan Nabuurs from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands also commented the report while by Mrs. Anna Holmberg and Mrs. Emma Berglund from the Swedish Forest Industries provided EU policy inputs.

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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.  

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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.

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