Policy

UKCA Mark Update
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The UK Government has announced the deadline for when businesses need to use the UKCA mark has been extended until 31 December 2024. However, please be advised this currently does not extend to construction products. Construction products come under specific rules, which have not yet been amended. On 14 November,...
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MP letter template – Support Jerome Mayhew MP’s embodied carbon bill
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In the build-up to Jerome Mayhew MP’s ten-minute rule bill on regulating embodied carbon, we are encouraging members of the timber industry to write to their MPs in support of this bill.
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Government must provide stability amidst poor business environment
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Timber Development UK CEO David Hopkins has addressed the Construction Product Association’s sharply downgraded forecast for construction output in 2023 following September’s Mini Budget, commenting: “Brexit, COVID-19, Ukraine, and unprecedented political instability now leave the construction industry facing an extremely difficult year, with the CPA predicting 3.9% decline in overall...
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Raise awareness of timber’s sustainability benefits
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More timber must be used in construction projects to help create a net-zero carbon construction supply chain, says a recent report from the Environmental Audit Committee. TDUK’s David Hopkins explains how timber merchants and the wider supply chain can unite to make this goal a reality. A new report from...
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Rishi Sunak becomes the latest UK prime minister
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Rishi Sunak is set to become the UK's fifth prime minister in six years following the latest Conservative Party leadership contest. Rishi Sunak is a former Chancellor of the Exchequer and will be the first British-Asian prime minister in UK history. He stood for leadership earlier this year, however, lost...
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Liz Truss, lettuce, and our troubled political economy
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Yesterday, the current government’s continuing melodrama entered a new chapter as Liz Truss resigned after just 45 days as prime minister. Truss’ resignation makes her the shortest serving prime minister in UK history, overtaking George Canning who died of pneumonia just 119 days into office. It also means we are...
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Call for evidence – The BEIS Net Zero Review
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Amidst the political chaos we have seen in the last few weeks, the new Conservative government under Liz Truss has outlined details for a review of net zero policies to ensure they are pro-growth and pro-business.  This review comes following increasing scepticism among Tory ranks about the cost of net...
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Growing Our Low-Carbon Future – Time For Timber
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This policy paper, prepared for COP26, sets out the case for how we can make greater use of wood to transform our built environment, which currently is responsible for approximately 40% of global energy related CO2 emissions.
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