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Forestry in Australia has had a major win with the Federal Government announcing that new forestry plantations in the key timber regions of western Victoria, Gippsland and southern Tasmania will now be able to participate in the country’s Emissions Reduction Fund. Up until now there’d been a highly disputed rainfall regulation, known as the ‘water rule’ in each of these regions. Projects where more than 600mm of annual rainfall was received were ineligible to participate in the ERF. It had up until now, been unfairly excluding farmers and landowners from earning carbon credits through their tree plantings and accessing the carbon market.

Other winners this week include recognition of two people in our industry on either side of the Tasman. Someone who’s well known to our industry, Dr Glen Murphy, has had a 47-year career working in forest engineering, wood harvesting and wood supply chain research and consulting. Glen's career achievements have been recognised by the Council on Forest Engineering with his deserved presentation of the 2021 International Forest Engineering Achievement Award. Thirty-five International Forest Engineering Awards have been presented in COFE's 43-year history and Glen is only the second person in the southern hemisphere to have received this award.

And in Australia, the Richard Stanton Memorial Award this year has been won by a ForestrySA employee, Kieran Gosden. She’s employed in Mount Gambier in the Green Triangle region and has worked extensively with the local community, businesses, schools, conservation groups and tourists to improve their engagement with the forestry sector. Her contribution to sustainable forest management and chain of custody systems were recognised at Responsible Wood’s recent AGM.

And as we’ve covered in recent issues, biomass is a clear favourite for industrial process heat users in the South Island of New Zealand looking to decarbonise their operations. Initial EECA data indicates that 90 per cent of high-temperature boiler operators in Canterbury and Southland prefer biomass to electrification because of cost considerations. The upshot of this is a dramatic increase in demand for woody-biomass fuels which in turn is putting the spotlight on regional bioenergy manufacturing and the supply-chain. These same trends are now being experienced across the country. The platform for conversation and information sharing amongst key suppliers of biomass in New Zealand has now been set up, with Residues to Revenues 2022 running on 9-10 March 2022. Details on the conference, exhibitions and workshops planned can be found on the event website.

And finally, we’ve already covered at the beginning of this month the very worthy cause that’s turned AKD Softwoods pink this month. They’re raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness. A final call for donations has just gone out this week and we’ve included in this issue a very personal story from AKD’s NSW State Manager, Matt Taylor whose life and family has been touched in a very personal way. To help out with the company’s final push to raise AU$100,000 of funds across its East Coast business, click here. Thanks, and that’s it for this week.

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Barriers in the Emissions Reduction Fund removed

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that new forestry plantations in the key timber regions of Victoria and southern Tasmania will be able to participate in the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) and contribute towards Australia’s ‘Net Zero by 2050’ target.

AFPA CEO Ross Hampton said the announcement by Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor and Assistant Minister for Forestry Senator Jonno Duniam, that regulatory barriers in the ERF that exclude farmers and landowners from accessing the carbon market will be removed, could unlock up to 100 million trees over the next decade.

“These very welcome changes mean that landowners in western Victoria, Gippsland and southern Tasmania with an interest in diversifying into tree crops on more marginal land, will be eligible for carbon credits under the ERF and the voluntary carbon market.

VFPA also welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement to reverse the highly contested rainfall regulation, known as ‘water rule’, under the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

Participating in the Emissions Reduction Fund is a great incentive for developing new plantations that contribute to climate policy targets. However, a barrier to participation has been the ineligibility of projects in areas receiving more than 600mm of annual rainfall.

It meant that growers could only earn carbon credits if they planted trees in unsuitable areas – or the plantings were for biodiversity or carbon plantings and thus not commercial. Until now, only Victoria’s Northeast was exempt from the contested water rule.

“The regulation was not only inherently unfair towards forestry compared with the environmental and carbon plantings. It also defied any logic and science. The Federal Government has committed to planting 1 billion trees by 2030. For that to happen, the right kind of trees need to be planted at scale in the right areas, and not somewhere where there is so little rainfall that they basically can’t grow”, explained Deb Kerr, VFPA CEO.

Further coverage on the announcement and implications can be read here.

Source: AFPA, VFPA

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Foresters sign on to International Wood Manifesto

The New Zealand Forest Owners Association has joined 17 other forest and timber organisations around the world in launching the International Wood Manifesto in London to lead into the crucial COP26 UN climate change conference starting in Glasgow on Sunday.

The Manifesto is making the strong case for wood, to catch the attention of the international delegations on their way to Glasgow and will also feature in events at the global negotiations. It points to 40 percent of global energy related to CO₂ emissions originating in the construction and built environment.

Against this, the Manifesto identifies “wood being the only sustainable material that grows worldwide which can enable a sustainable decarbonisation of the built environment …. providing vast carbon sinks in our rural areas and carbon stores in our cities.”

The New Zealand Forest Owners Association Chief Executive and former Chair of the UN Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest Industries (ACSFI), David Rhodes, says growing more forests and using more wood is rapidly becoming a key factor in the global effort to reduce gross greenhouse gas emission levels.

“Forests are a double benefit. The trees themselves sequester carbon from the atmosphere and then the wood used in construction will continue to store that carbon and avoid the need to use carbon emitting steel and concrete,” David Rhodes says.

“So, we are heading in the right direction here in New Zealand. The Climate Change Commission has recommended another 380,000 hectares of plantation forests would need to be planted by 2035 to meet New Zealand’s 2050 carbon zero goal.”

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Source: Forest Owners Association

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First campaign for Timber Framing Collective

Titled ‘Supply and Demand’ the campaign seeks to shift the narrative to a demand challenge rather than a supply issue.

The Australian campaign is designed to help any stakeholder within the supply chain understand the current state of play and the main drivers of this unprecedented demand. It will empower those in the supply chain to share these industry messages with their network, customers and contacts to create greater awareness of the current situation.

Timber Framing Collective spokesperson Marita Pierce-Indugula said, “Understanding the pressure the building demand surge has placed on our supply chain, we need to remember that, back in mid-2020, everyone was concerned about having no demand for new housing. The market’s response to stimulus such as HomeBuilder has been astounding and is still continuing.

Given structural timber’s usage early in the building cycle, we’ve been in the spotlight, but it is impacting most building materials. Our message is to stick with timber. “Importantly, the campaign will also look to create shared understanding; that we can weather this perfect storm together and to keep up proactive communications along your supply chain.”

The campaign is spearheaded by an open letter from the industry and is supported by a series of social posts that will run across Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram during the remainder of 2021.

Those from the industry that are interested in helping share the messages through the supply chain are encouraged to visit to download the assets for usage in their own communication channels or to simply engage with the Timber Framing – The Ultimate RenewableTM social posts via their preferred social media platform.

This ‘Supply and Demand’ messaging paves the way for the Timber Framing Collective’s next strategic focus on the outstanding environmental benefits of timber framing.

Source: Timber Framing Collective

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Biomass for decarbonising SI process heat

Biomass is the clear favourite for industrial process heat users in the South Island of New Zealand looking to decarbonise their operations, according to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. Initial EECA data indicates that 90 per cent of high-temperature boiler operators in Canterbury and Southland prefer biomass to electrification because of cost considerations.

Electrode boilers have much higher capital costs than thermal boilers and expose users to changes in wholesale electricity prices. It is much cheaper and easier to convert existing boilers to run on biomass while retaining coal as a backstop.

DETA Consulting is leading the primary data collection for EECA’s regional heat demand database project. DETA managing director Jonathan Pooch told an EECA decarbonisation workshop on Friday that this “clear, dominant bias” towards biomass for the southern process heat sector is understandable. Electrification is expensive, and natural gas and geothermal options aren’t available in the South Island.

The upshot is dramatically increasing demand for woody-biomass fuels in a part of the country where the bioenergy manufacturing and supply-chain is less developed than in the North Island. “There is a broader conversation that needs to be had, probably as part of a broader energy strategy, about forestry and biomass,” he says. “It’s not an insurmountable challenge, but it is a challenge.”

This presents many challenges – particularly when coal remains the cheapest option overall even as prices rise through the Emissions Trading Scheme. “The brutal reality is that the ETS still needs to do some heavy lifting to price coal. It’s going in the right direction – but coal is still the lowest-cost option available.”

Rapid evolution

Pooch estimates large-scale conversion to biomass would require about 13 per cent of the South Island’s annual forest harvest. He thinks there are enough raw materials in the South Island to meet this demand, but the question remains whether the market can tolerate the high prices that diverting those volumes of fibre from existing uses would have.

Existing supply is also dominated by waste product and there is comparatively little in the way of higher-energy products like wood pellets. Increased competition for raw materials would require more planting, including short-rotation crops. “We’ve got to see a rapid evolution of this biomass market into something that’s perceived as low risk compared to the baseline of coal and the supply chain that’s been around for 100 years or more.”

Co-firing solutions

Maximising bioenergy’s potential for decarbonising process heat requires a rethink on how it is used, including how it can complement other options, including electrification. “Biomass is the preferred fuel source at the moment but most sites are open to using electricity if the market conditions are right,” Pooch says.

He suggests co-firing solutions are a good place to innovate as these can adapt well to the seasonal nature of process heat sites, including dairy factories. For example, wood pellets can be saved for peak season while lower-quality chips could provide the bulk of annual feedstock. Electrode boilers could also have a similar peak role over summer while biomass is used in winter.

Coal will likely be used when power prices are high and to fill the gap as investment in generation and the transmission network catches up. “There is an argument that for a time coal will still have a role at these sites. It doesn’t have to be a binary, good versus bad.”

Regional database

EECA’s regional heat demand database is an open database recording the location and nature of existing process heat demand across the country. This is aggregated by sector and by region to maintain anonymity for the sites, except for ones that have received grants from the Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry Fund, which EECA administers.

Regions are added to the database when at least 85 per cent of data collection is complete. Currently, only data for Southland and Canterbury is available and EECA expects to release data for the South Island’s remaining regions by the end of 2021.

The location and organised aggregation of woody bio fuels to meet the growing demand for industrial process heat users is a focus for the Residues to Revenues 2022 event that will be running for bio-fuel producers on 9-10 March 2022. Full details on the programme can be found on the event website.

Source: BANZ,

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2021 Richard Stanton Memorial Award presented

A ForestrySA employee, Kieran Gosden, stationed at Mount Gambier in the Green Triangle whose work has extended to native vegetation management and as a communicator in the region has won the coveted Richard Stanton Memorial Award for 2021.

The award and trophy, presented remotely during Responsible Wood AGM, recognises the life of a man who was devoted to the forest industry in Australia and internationally. Mr Stanton was former CEO of AFS Ltd (now Responsible Wood).

Kieran Gosden’s contribution to sustainable forest management and chain of custody systems were recognised at a presentation during the Responsible Wood AGM. Nominated by Amie Power, of ForestrySA, Kieran has worked with the local community, businesses, schools, conservation groups and tourists to improve their engagement with the forest sector.

In presenting the award Responsible Wood CEO, Simon Dorries, reflected on Ms Gosden’s sustained commitment to sustainable forest management and certification standards. Mr Dorries explains, “Kieran’s involvement with the red-tailed black cockatoo, in establishing biodiversity corridors and linking isolated native forest with strips of revegetation and in the success of the award-winning Ghost Mushroom Lane and the ‘Dry Cave experience’ received high acclaim from the judging panel.”

As a member of the ForestrySA Workplace Health and Safety Committee, Kieran is an invaluable member of the ForestrySA family. Her ‘can-do’ community spirit and enthusiasm for sustainable forest management was recognised during a recent Responsible Wood audit conducted by Global Mark.

Through the establishment of biodiversity corridors, Kieran has joined with local communities and Responsible Wood-certified forest managers, including HVP Plantations and OneFortyOne, and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, to link areas of isolated native forest with strips of revegetation.

Keiran’s work has also extended to conservation groups such as Bird Life Australia to identify nesting areas in the native forest for the endangered red-tailed black cockatoo. She was instrumental in the success of the award-winning Ghost Mushroom Lane, an initiative involving Responsible Wood-certified Forestry SA and OneFortyOne, acting as tour guide for ‘a seasonal forest experience’, drawing thousands of tourists to Mount Gambier.

And finally, in the establishment of the ‘Dry Caving’ experience, working with the Cave Diving Association of Australia (CDAA) to connect community with an extensive subterranean network of limestone sinkholes and caves in the Mount Gambier and surround Limestone Coast region.

All these areas embody important elements of the Responsible Wood standard. Responsible Wood was delighted to receive a large number of high-quality nominations. Three entrants in the 2021 Stanton Award, including one in New Zealand, were highly praised by the Responsible Wood judging committee and recognised by the presentation of certificates.

They are:

Nadine Samaha of Level Architekture, nominated by Hyne Timber for her commitment to the use of certified timber.

• The Weathetex Team, nominated by Vanda Correia for a commitment to innovation in the use of sustainable timber products.

Genevieve Early, nominated by Michael Smith for her research into native fungus in New Zealand.

The judging panel would like to congratulate Kieran Gosden as a truly worthy recipient of the Richard Stanton Award.

Source: Responsible Wood

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Falcon flies on the slopes

If you need a clear demonstration of how safety conscious harvesting contractors have become in the past decade, the sale of the 150th Falcon Winch-Assist machine provides convincing evidence. It took just seven years to reach that milestone and manufacturer, Nelson-based DC Equipment, says demand is currently at an all-time high.

The shift to mechanised tree falling on steep slopes has accelerated around the world after the technology and safety of the innovative practice was proven in New Zealand. Kiwi companies like DC Equipment are at the forefront of the tech drive, exporting safety-first forestry equipment to customers in New Zealand and across the globe as a solution to removing vulnerable workers from dangerous task such as tree falling and breaking out.

“I can’t believe we’ve hit Winch-Assist number 150, it just seems like yesterday we were building our first one,” says Dale Ewers, founder and owner of DC Equipment, as well as running a successful logging company. We got into this business to protect people in our own harvesting crews and it worked so well we offered it to other contractors. We haven’t looked back.”

Designed and tested extensively in a wide range of slope and soil conditions the Falcon Winch-Assist has clocked up approximately half-a-million operational hours and zero harm incidents across its customer base.

One leading customer is forestry equipment leasing company, TDF Solutions, which has purchased 27 Falcon Winch-Assist machines in recent years, including number 150. TDF’s Business Manager, Frankie Davidson, was himself involved in the early years of winch-assist development with a company that built a double-drum, twin-rope bulldozer but he has since become a firm believer in the single rope system produced by DC Equipment.

“It’s an awesome product and it works bloody well,” says Frankie, whose company provides forestry equipment to contractors on a lease-to-own basis through New Zealand. You’ve only got to see how they have changed the way we work on the hills and the safety record. Perhaps the best endorsement is that the customers we have keep coming back for another one……and another.

“Since we took delivery of the 150th Falcon Winch-Assist – our 27th – we’ve already signed up our 30th.” TDF was among the early purchasers of the Falcon Winch-Assist and Frankie says that although the key principles have not changed over the years, he has seen it become more refined and more user-friendly.

“Compared to the first one, number 150 is different in almost every single way and yet it is exactly the same,” says Frankie.

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Photo: DC Equipment’s Nick and Solomon (left & centre) hand over the 150th Falcon Winch-Assist machine to Nigel Bryant of Nelson-based Nigel Bryant Logging

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International forest engineering award presented

Dr Glen Murphy was presented with the International Forest Engineering Achievement Award at the 2021 Council on Forest Engineering (COFE) Conference held in September in Corvallis, Oregon.

The award recognizes and honours significant achievements in forest engineering by individuals for outstanding service and sustained contributions to the profession through education, extension, research, development, or administration.

Thirty-five International Forest Engineering Awards have been presented in COFE's 43-year history. Dr Murphy is only the second person in the southern hemisphere to receive the award.

Glen is a prolific communicator. Over his 47-year career he has written more than 220 publications and reports and has also been an invited speaker, trainer and consultant for numerous forestry meetings in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Fiji, South Africa, Uruguay and Chile.

The Council on Forest Engineering (COFE) is an international professional organization that fosters the development of forest engineering in industry, government, and in university teaching, research, and extension programs to promote the best methods of managing and operating forests. It was established in 1978.

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Nobel Island comes to Tasmania

The log carrier Noble Island, with a LOA of 199.9 metres and summer DWT of 61,115 tons made calls to Tasmania’s Burnie and Hobart ports in early October. The arrival of the Ultramax vessel was the culmination of the work of Braemar ACM who successfully brokered the charter between Wood Based Products (WBP) and the Pacific Basin Shipping Limited.

A spokesperson for WBP said “We value and support of Braemer, Pacific Basin and the Tasmanian forest estate owners, both private and public, who have ensured that Tasmanian timber is internationally recognised as sustainable and in demand through its PEFC certification (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and the confidence they bring through reliability of supply and log quality”.

“The professionalism and efficiency of the Nobel Island crew was a credit to the leadership of Captain Joshua Henry Peris Bhatt. We also thank our staff, suppliers and partners, all who deliver a safe, efficient operation that has enabled WBP’s success in facilitating a shipment of this size”.

The visit signals continued confidence in Tasmania’s forestry industry. The Nobel Island departed Tasmania following ten days of loading on 11th October carrying over 50,000JAS m3.

Source: WBP

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Log exports to drop by more than a third

Major changes are looming for the New Zealand forestry sector as the deluge of raw log exports fades amid dwindling supplies and demands increase from the building industry and other users. An industry report by investment house Forsyth Barr suggests the mainstay of the industry, log exports, will peak and then drop by more than a third within a decade.

"Export volumes will peak by 2026 then decline as insufficient planting activity after the 1990s boom means total harvest volumes will fall," report author and head of research Andy Bowley said. "The use of wood domestically is undergoing a transformation through the use of trees to sequester carbon, power boilers and as a low carbon building material alternative."

He said that would see the medium-term outlook driven by small forestry owners, who would influence export log volumes depending on demand and supply chain constraints.

Another wild card is the government's plan to change the industry towards more domestic processing and higher value processed products. And a shift to net-zero emissions will further change industry dynamics as moves to biofuels and carbon sequestering may spur more planting and higher prices, but not for the export trade as it currently operates.

"Over the medium term this could be detrimental to export volumes but over the longer term could be very beneficial," Bowley said.

Small forest owner’s rule - for now

Forestry Owners Association chief executive Phil Taylor said small forest owners would remain influential in the short term.

"Back in the 1990s, it was the small forest owners who largely developed or established new forests on the back of very strong markets at that time, so they currently represent quite a significant component of the harvest volumes coming out of New Zealand."

He said small forestry owners would be harvesting many of the export logs in the near term, but that could change depending on market conditions. "Typically, the small forest owners have one opportunity in say, 28- to 30 years, to optimize the return on their investment so they are very sensitive to what's happening out in the market, and they have the ability to either to harvest or stop harvesting at very short notice."

Taylor said large owners had needs to fill production and earn cash which would see them weather out market downturns. But he said bigger challenges to the sector loom on the horizon with ambitions to encourage more local processing. "We may actually see a high proportion of the logs that are currently exported processed domestically, and then exported as a higher valued product."

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Further coverage on this story can be found here

Source: RNZ, ODT

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PINK UP is very personal

The current diagnosis rate means that most of us will have breast cancer touch our lives in some way in our lifetime – whether it’s family, friends, or colleagues. In Australia, one in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

It’s certainly touched AKD’s NSW State Manager, Matt Taylor’s life and family in a very personal way. He’s sharing his story about this with everyone for our October 2021 PINK UP campaign to help raise awareness and promote early detection. For Matt, it’s much more than just about the money target – it’s what the awareness can achieve in terms of education and early prevention and detection.

Here’s Matt’s personal experience with cancer in his family. “My Nan moved in with us when I was 12 years old for family support post breast cancer, a mastectomy and extensive Chemo. Mum had Breast Cancer and a Mastectomy in her late 50’s, my Pop died of Prostate Cancer and my Dad had Prostate Cancer”, Matt tells us.

Matt feels strongly about the benefits of early detection to help manage the severity and type of treatment program. “I get a Prostate check (and it’s just a blood test) every year and Breast Screening is a horrible test that no woman looks forward to, but I know my Nan and Mum spoke frequently of how they wished they’d caught the issue earlier”, says Matt.

Matt has also decided to make his story even more impactful and memorable this October by “going pink himself”. He has dyed his luscious beard pink – and after 4 months in lockdown in Sydney, that’s a big statement of support! All Matt is asking for in return is that you share his story to promote the importance of regularly checks and early detection.

“If a Pink Beard and my real-life story inspires or scares people into making a doctor’s appointment, I’d be happy!”, adds Matt. Please share Matt’s story and to make a donation this October for this important cause that touches so many of our lives, please click here.

The story is timely as it is personal to many that work within our industry, their families and friends and to the communities in which we all work. It’s the last week of fundraising so look to get in behind this great cause. It’s also timely as it happens to be the week of the Beard Olympics being held in Bavaria!

Source: AKD

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Tairawhiti forest industry ‘toughest in the country’

Forestry manager Ian Brown, with 40 years’ experience in the industry, has been appointed the new chair of the Eastland Wood Council. His appointment was ratified by the EWC members earlier this month after the council's annual meeting.

He replaces outgoing chair Daniel Williams who stepped down after three years in the role. Mr Brown, who operates Woodhill Consulting Ltd, has managed forests in three countries in a variety of senior roles with both large and small organisations.

He has a BSc forestry degree from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and while in that country he worked in harvesting, transport, marketing, forest management and commercial forest development before deciding to emigrate to New Zealand in 1996.

In New Zealand he continued his career with senior roles in harvesting, transport, and supply chain management for Fletcher Challenge Forests, and later managed K&S Freighters' New Zealand operations for a number of years before moving to Sydney in 2009 to take up the softwood division general manager role with Forestry Corporation of NSW.

“Ian is a tremendous asset to EWC, because he brings with him many years of experience in leadership, with all aspects of production forestry and considerable knowledge of the supply chain,” said EWC chief executive Philip Hope. “Also, he has a personal commitment to kaitiakitanga of our whenua and the health and safety of our workforce.”

In late 2017 Mr Brown moved back to New Zealand, this time to take on the general manager role at Hikurangi Forest Farms, which later became Aratu Forests on the successful acquisition of the HFF assets by New Forests in mid-2019, when Ian was appointed as CEO.

He retired from full-time work in late 2020 to pursue aspects of forestry that he was personally interested in, through his company Woodhill Consulting Ltd. “Even though I have only been in Gisborne for four years, I have grown a very strong personal connection to the forest industry in Tairawhiti,” Mr Brown said.

“We have arguably the toughest forest business environment in the country through its remoteness from other regions, significant safety and environmental challenges, high cost-structure, and its infrastructure operating above capacity.

“These business challenges form the foundation for camaraderie and resilience that is endemic to this region, but also provide the need for cooperation and mutual understanding of these challenges by all parties across the supply chain and in the community,” he said.

“This is the reason why the EWC is so important in forging the future for the forest industry here in Tairawhiti. It is the forum through which that cooperation and mutual understanding can be attained and grown, so the industry and the region can prosper”.

Source: gisborneherald

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VFPA announces new Chair and Governing Council

New Governing Council member announcements and a keynote address by Planet Ark’s David Rowlinson were highlights of VFPA’s first AGM, held online on 21 October.

Outgoing Chair Tony Price welcomed Hamish Little (AKD Softwoods) and Martin Crevatin (PF Olsen Australia) as new members of the Governing Council. “I’m pleased to officially welcome two outstanding forestry professionals in Martin Crevatin and Hamish Little as our association continues to go from strength to strength,” Mr Price said.

Mr Crevatin and Mr Little join continuing member and newly elected Chair Rob Hescock (HVP)(photo), Deputy Chair Phil Mason (New Forests), re-elected Treasurer Darren Shelden (ABP), and continuing members Vince Hurley (ASH), Sarah Harvie (Opal), Mike Lawson (SFMES) and Paul Heubner (ANWE/Pentarch) on the Governing Council.

On behalf of the Council and Association, Mr Hescock thanked outgoing Chair Mr Tony Price who stood down due to his pending retirement in early 2022. “Mr Price has been instrumental in overseeing the establishment of VFPA, and leaves the organisation well placed to represent forestry in Victoria going forward,” said Mr Rob Hescock, incoming Chair.

Mr Price paid tribute to outgoing Council Member Simon Gatt, who the Council appointed as a casual vacancy in April. “Mr Gatt has made a significant contribution to the VFPA as an active Governing Council member. I want to thank him on behalf of the Council and all the members for his input and support,” Mr Price said.

Source: Victorian Forest Products Association

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Participant details for emissions to be published

New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) will publish its annual reporting on the emissions and removals in the Emissions Trading Scheme on October 29. For the first time, participant level data on emissions and removals will be published under section 89A of the Climate Change Response Act 2002 (CCRA).

Section 89A was introduced as part of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Act 2020. If the information in your emissions returns meets the criteria prescribed by the Act, the EPA will publish your name and the emissions and removals data reported in your emissions returns.

To help you understand whether your own data will be published refer to the Climate Change Response Act 2002:

Section 89A, and

Schedule 1AA – scroll to Schedule 1AA, Part 2, 10 Information to be published by EPA.

For more information, please contact the EPA:

• email: • phone: 0800 climate (0800 25 46 28) option 2

Source: Environmental Protection Authority

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NZ company could revolutionise carbon capture

A company spun out of New Zealand’s University of Canterbury has raised NZ$1 million from private investors to progress methods that could sequester vast amounts of carbon dioxide. The process starts with a common mineral called olivine. Capturing all the Earth’s carbon emissions for 2021 would require 16 per cent of the olivine deposit located in Red Hills, near Nelson.

An olivine deposit in Oman is large enough to sequester all man-made carbon emissions for the next 1000 years, according to Dr Allan Scott, an associate professor of civil engineering at the university. Olivine is found near the Earth’s surface in many industrialised countries.

Scott founded Aspiring Materials two years ago with Dr Christopher Oze, a US-based geology professor who is returning to New Zealand next year. The pair began developing the method while working together at Canterbury nearly a decade ago.

The raised money will allow the pair to scale up their process in a “pre-pilot development phase” in commercial facilities. Olivine can be processed into magnesium hydroxide, which has long been recognised as an efficient carbon capture material.

This means that carbon dioxide, an important greenhouse gas, is converted into a different substance and does not become CO2 again. The method would most suit industrial-level carbon emissions, Scott said.

Photo: A rock full of the common mineral olivine, so called because of its colour

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Source: Stuff

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Buy and Sell

... and one to end the week on ... more lockdown humour

One more. A man was relaxing on the sofa watching TV when he heard his wife's' voice in the kitchen. "What would you like for dinner, sweetie? Do you want chicken, beef or lamb?"

Surprised, he answered, "Thanks! I'd like chicken."

"You're having soup,you drongo. I was talking to the cat."

And on that note, enjoy your weekend. Cheers.

Brent Apthorp
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