Industry Updates

Industry Update - May 2022

 


PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue took place in Dun Laoghaire 12th May 2022

In an interview ahead of the PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue, Dr Dorothy Maxwell, Sustainability Director at Davy Horizons and a moderator at the Stakeholder Dialogue, said, "What I'm most looking forward to at the PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue are practical and informed discussions on the crucial role of forests and certification to support net zero emissions by 2050."

Attendees at the Stakeholder Dialogue were not disappointed in this regard. There was an interesting line up of talks on the day, followed by lively debates. Speakers included Clodagh O'Reilly, Coillte; Conor Fahy, General Manager of ECC Timber Products; John Spittle from Wiehag; Per Bogstad, Responsible Business Programme Manager at Kingfisher Plc; Tomás Sercovich, CEO of Business in the Community Ireland and Dr Pablo van der Lugt, Lecturer in bio-based building at Delft University in the Netherlands, and author of 'Tomorrow's Timber'.

Tomorrow's Timber Starts Today - Dr Pablo van der Lugt


ITGA call for Carbon payments for landowners who plant trees

The Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) have made a further call for a mechanism to facilitate Carbon payments for landowners in Ireland who plant trees. This call follows recent research findings in papers co-authored by Dr David Styles of NUI Galway which highlight the significant role forestry can play in assisting Ireland achieve Carbon neutrality.

ITGA have made the case that woodland creation and sustainable forest management should be a source of income for growers through their carbon storage capability. This possibility is a reality in the UK, through their Woodland Carbon Code which provides reassurance about the carbon savings that companies can achieve by being associated with woodland planting projects. A Forest Carbon Code could be established in Ireland which would provide a quality assurance standard for woodland and tree planting projects and generate independently verified carbon units. Such units could then be sold to companies and others who wish to show that they are mitigating their Carbon emissions through Voluntary Carbon Offsets.

Donal Whelan of the Irish Timber Growers Association stated that, 'there is now a large worldwide market for such Voluntary Carbon Offsets and Ireland will miss out on this opportunity if we don’t establish such a credible and verifiable Forest Carbon Code'.

With the European Green Deal which aims to protect, conserve, and enhance the EU's natural capital, and protect the health and well-being of citizens from environment-related risks and impacts, those who plant trees and woodlands should be enabled to secure additional income for storing carbon. Afforestation, agro-forestry, and other tree planting initiatives can accommodate these aims and in so doing also complement other farming activities.

The EU Commission has the objective of making the EU the world’s first carbon-neutral continent by 2050. With this aim, it's Farm to Fork Strategy highlights the example of a "new green business model", where farmers who remove CO2 from the atmosphere and contribute to climate neutrality should get rewarded.

'There is real potential for afforestation, agroforestry and other tree planting schemes to potentially sell additional voluntary carbon offsets to remunerate our landowners for planting trees and woodlands with all the additional environmental and ecological benefits this would also provide'.

ITGA are now calling for a Forest Carbon Code to be established in Ireland supported by Government that will facilitate such a credible Voluntary Carbon Offsets scheme for tree planting.


ITGA Template Tree Sales Agreement

Private grower are now selling more timber from their forests and the Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) is currently updating and revising the ITGA Template Tree Sales Agreement which contains best practice and standard procedures in timber harvesting and timber sales.

Forest owners and buyers can adapt this template to a particular timber sale. The template agreement is structured under various headings for clarity and ease of use.

The terms and conditions are designed to cover a range of potential sale situations and forest types and include definitions, warranties, payment terms, rights of access, harvesting operational procedures and controls, indemnity and insurance, compliance, risk, health & safety issues, environmental conditions, force majeure and an arbitration clause.

In the recent past the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have circulated this Template Tree Sales Agreement with Tree Felling Licences to assist growers in the thinning, felling and sale process. It is always prudent to use a good contract and get professional forestry and relevant legal advice before embarking on a timber sale.

The current Template Tree Sales Agreement is available from the ITGA website (www.itga.ie) and is widely employed. The use of this template agreement in timber sales is considered best practice and has been approved as certification compliant. It has also been one of the mandatory topics of the DAFM funded Knowledge Transfer Groups (KTGs) since the roll out of the KTG programme in 2018.

It now requires updating and revision to ensure continued compliance with current legislation, DAFM requirements, forest certification and new environmental requirements.

ITGA recently received funding from DAFM under the Woodland Support Projects 2021/2022 to undertake the revision of the ITGA Tree Sales Agreement and is consulting and seeking comments, observations and suggestions on it’s updating and revision.

Comments and suggestions on the Template Agreement to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to 30th June 2022 as part of this consultation process.

Industry Update - December 2021

 


Minister Hackett launches 2022 ITGA Forestry & Timber Yearbook

Minister with responsibility for Forestry at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett, launched the 2022 ITGA Forestry and Timber Yearbook. In welcoming the Yearbook publication, it’s 33rd edition, the Minister said: ‘Given the Climate and Biodiversity crises we are facing, there has never been a more important time for us to work together to get the most from our trees. We need forests and woodlands in Ireland, for our communities, our climate, our biodiversity and our timber industry. We also need to get people planting, which is why the amount of information contained in the 2022 ITGA Forestry and Timber Yearbook is so helpful. It is essential reading for anyone who is either involved in forestry or considering planting and I want to commend the work of those who put it together.’

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Pictured at the launch (from left to right) Pat Neville (Coillte, Sponsors of the Forestry Yearbook), Senator Pippa Hackett, Minister of State for Forestry, Donal Whelan (ITGA),
Brendan Lacey (Chairman ITGA), Donal Magner (Editor of the Forestry Yearbook), and Patrick Murray (Murray Timber Group, Sponsors of the Forestry Yearbook)

The Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) Chairman, Brendan Lacey, thanked the Minister and said that,‘As a sector, forestry is ideally placed to form a core part of agriculture in Ireland, enhancing its sustainability through offsetting agricultural emissions, sequestering carbon and increasing biodiversity.’ He outlined that the Yearbook highlights the many attributes of forestry including its economic, environmental and social importance through the articles and statistical information in the publication.

Donal Whelan said that the 2022 Forestry and Timber Yearbook is one of the most important sources of information for the sector and it also highlights the sector’s profile nationally. The Yearbook contains 208 pages of valuable information for timber growers, forestry professionals, the timber industry and the general public. The mainstay of the publication is the industry statistics and the directory of services.

The ITGA Chairman concluded by saying that, ‘We cannot stress enough the importance of forests in terms of climate benefits, health benefits, locally grown timber for much needed housing, recreation and also food. The dramatic decline in tree planting in recent years must be reversed to achieve these beneficial goals and to meet our climate change mitigation targets.
Brendan Lacey also thanked Coillte, the Murray Timber Group and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the main Yearbook sponsors, and the various companies, organisations and individuals who continue to support its publication.

Yearbooks can be purchased online for €14.90 (incl P&P)

For more information, see Press Release

 


FSC Standard for Ireland - Deadline for submissions extended to 10th January 2022

The deadline for comments on the new draft certification standard has been extended until 10th January 2022.

Engagement with standard setting is encouraged by all involved in forestry.

Submission can be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 For more information and Submission Form, see https://www.groupcertification.ie/forest-certification/certification under Irish Forest Stewardship Standard 


Winners RDS 2021 Irish Forestry and Woodland Awards announced

The 2021 RDS Irish Forest and Woodland Awards presentation took place today in Dublin. The Awards are organised by the RDS with support from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. Minister Pippa Hackett and RDS President Professor J. Owen Lewis were on hand to present these prestigious Awards.

For a list of winners, see the RDS website www.RDS.ie.


 

Industry Update - July 2021

 


Minister Hackett launches roundwood production forecast 2021-2040

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett, announced the publication of the All Ireland Roundwood Production Forecast 2021-2040. The Report was prepared by COFORD, the Council for Forest Research and Development.

The forecast predicts that the annual potential roundwood supply will increase from 4.9 million in 2021 to 7.9 million cubic metres by 2035, followed by a small decrease to remain constant at about 7.6 million cubic metres up to 2040.

There is an online tool accompanying the forecast that allows users to generate their own regional forecast for an area of interest specified by the user. The portal facilitates the dissemination of comprehensive volume forecast information in an accessible, reproducible and transparent way.

For more information, see Press Release

 


PEFC Ireland commenced Public Consultation on IFCS

60-Day Public Consultation Period on the revised Irish Forest Certification Standard (3rd Edition) has now commenced.

An online template of the draft is available to view, download and comment on and can be downloaded HERE
(The IFCS Revision Consultation Template is a Word file with Green Shaded Comment Boxes for Stakeholder Comments.
Please only use the Green Shaded boxes for your comments i.e. do not make annotations in the draft documentation.)

Closing date for Stakeholder Submissions is: 29th August 2021

Please submit all completed Consultation Templates prior to the closing date to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information, see www.pefc.ie or PEFC Ireland Public Consultation

 


RDS 2021/22 Irish Forestry and Woodland Awards - Entries Now Open

With a prize fund of €9,000 the awards promote the economic, environmental and social benefits of good forestry and farming. From magnificent historic woodlands, to innovative commercial forests, the awards reveal inspiring examples of the benefits and diversity of forestry in Ireland. The RDS is proud to play its role in highlighting the best in Irish forest and woodland management and showcase the vast potential that forestry offers rural Ireland.

Awards Categories:

  1. Production Forestry
  2. Teagasc Farm Forestry Award
  3. Community Woodlands Award

For details on how to apply contact the RDS Agriculture Foundation on 01-2407215 or see the RDS website www.RDS.ie/agriculture.

Entries for the 2021/22 Awards are now Open. Closing date for entries has been extended to Tuesday 10th August 2021

 


DAFM releases Update on Public Consultation on Forestry Projects

The Department has announced that it is making a change to the way in which Forestry projects that require Appropriate Assessments under the Habitats Directive are assessed

For further information see Circular 10/2021

 


Industry Update - June 2021

 


DAFM releases New Information on NIS Requirements for Licence Applications 

DAFM have updated the information required in Forestry Licence applications for Tree Felling and Forest Roading and are asking that Natura Impact Statements (NIS) should only be provided if specifically sought by the Department, and to ensure that Harvesting Plans are up to the standard outlined in 'Standards for Felling and Reforestation (2019)'.

For further information see Circular 8/2021

Note that 'Applications with NISs currently with the Department will continue to be prioritised.'

 


Industry Update - May 2021

 


DAFM releases Info on Planning Requirements for Ash Dieback Replanting Scheme

DAFM regularly releases 'updates' or Scheme Circulars for the forestry sector. These updates can be found in Forestry Grants and Premium Schemes 2014 - 2021 Circulars.

The most recent update to the Ash Dieback Replanting Scheme is 'Circular 05 of 2021 Ash Dieback and Planning Permission' which outlines a clarification from DAFM on the recently announced planning permission requirements.


Minister Hackett launches new book 'Wood as a Fuel'

The Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, with responsibility for forestry, Senator Pippa Hackett, today launched a new publication called 'Wood as a Fuel'.

Wood as a Fuel by Pieter D. Kofman and Eugene Hendrick is a wide ranging, comprehensive publication covering all aspects of woodfuels, based on the latest information and evidence. Its five volumes describe the main woodfuels which are firewood, woodchip and wood pellets. Detailed information on raw material sources, seasoning, drying and production processes, transportation and quality issues are described for each of the fuels. Many examples of ways to improve product quality and efficiency are provided, designed to enable readers to produce and use high quality woodfuels.

Click HERE for full press release

This 'Wood as a Fuel' publication is also available through our Books section.


Bee Health on World Bee Day

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett visited the DAFM Bee Health laboratory today at the Backweston Campus in Co Kildare as part of the celebrations of World Bee Day today 20 May 2021. The Department provides a bee health service, free of charge, facilitating the early detection of pests and pathogens which is key to maintaining healthy stock of bees in Ireland.

DAFM’s Bee Health service also operates the Sentinel Apiary Programme along with volunteer beekeepers throughout Ireland. The aim of the programme is to ensure the early detection of three exotic pests, Small Hive beetle (SHB), Tropilaelaps spp. and the Asian Hornet.

For more information on Beekeeping and fact sheets on the Small Hive beetle Tropilaelaps spp. and the Asian Hornet, see 'Beekeeping and Honey'.

For information on the All Ireland Pollinator Plan, see https://pollinators.ie/


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