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Wood-pellet market booms amid Ukraine war
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Wood-pellet market booms amid Ukraine war

The wood-pellet market is on fire. War has cut off the supply of compressed-wood pellets from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine to the power plants in Western Europe that burn them instead of coal. That has put a premium on pellets from North America, especially the U.S. South. U.S. export volume, which has climbed steadily over...

Kährs evaluates possible divestment of its operations in Russia
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Kährs evaluates possible divestment of its operations in Russia

Kährs has, due to the prevailing market conditions, started a process to evaluate the possibilities and conditions for divesting its operations in Russia. Already at the beginning of March 2022, Kährs decided to, in addition to sanctions, stop all investments as well as import and export flow from Europe to and from the company’s operations...

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Linda Forest software creator CollectiveCrunch appoints new sales director

CollectiveCrunch, the creator of Linda Forest software solutions that provide forest inventories and climate analyses to global clients, has announced it has named Petri Itkonen to the position of sales director as it eyes greater growth in the increasingly green-focused global economy. Itkonen brings with him 15 years of sales and management experience in Finland’s...

Roundwood production in EU could decrease sharply due to biodiversity strategy
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Roundwood production in EU could decrease sharply due to biodiversity strategy

If less wood is harvested in European forests to protect biodiversity, this will lead to global shifts in wood production, which in turn may have negative environmental impacts. That are the results of a model-based study conducted by the Thünen Institute of Forestry. Biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate. To counteract this, the EU...

Hungary eases logging rules to prepare for energy shortages
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Hungary eases logging rules to prepare for energy shortages

Hungary waived environmental regulations protecting native forests from logging in order to prepare for next winter’s energy shortages The rise in energy prices after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have forced the government to partly scrap one of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s signature policies, the generous subsidies on household consumption. An emergency government decree published late...

Rumours that Russian birch plywood enters the European market through China
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Rumours that Russian birch plywood enters the European market through China

Several birch plywood importers from the UK have reported an increase of offers from the far east in recent weeks, particularly China. Given that birch forests are concentrated in Northern Russia and Eurasia, it is considered almost certain the birch contained in the plywood being offered has in fact originated in Russia, the UK Timber...

Finland reduced the export of timber products by 7%
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Finland reduced the export of timber products by 7%

in January-May 2022, wood imports in Finland amounted to 2.43 million m³. On an annualized basis, the figure decreased by 55%. In the total volume of imported timber, 46% were pulpwood, 36% – chips and 3% – logs. Compared to the same period last year, pulpwood imports decreased by 61%. Imports of wood chips decreased by 53%, and...

Germans are stocking wood in the middle of the summer as gas supplies remain tight
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Germans are stocking wood in the middle of the summer as gas supplies remain tight

The recent frequency of the German word Versorgungssicherheit (supply security) shows that Germans are worried about insufficient stocks. During the epidemic, Germans were worried about toilet paper supplies, recently they’ve switched to energy, and now even wood. There are signs that Germans are hoarding wood in the mid-summer of nearly 40 degrees Celsius. German households...

Germany: Wood pellet prices more than double over a year ago
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Germany: Wood pellet prices more than double over a year ago

Germany’s current demand for wood pellets is higher than ever. This applies to pellet heating systems as well as pellet stoves. The average price for wood pellets in Germany in July 2022 was €507.83/t. This is 17.7% more than in the previous month and 125.5% more than in July 2021. There are the following regional differences in the...