Policy

Offsite timber manufacturing
Shadow Levelling Up Minister sees benefits of offsite timber manufacturing
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Shadow Levelling Up Minister and MP for Nottingham North, Alex Norris MP, visited Donaldson Offsite’s operations in Ilkeston, Derbyshire – the UK’s largest trussed rafter and timber floor factory – this week. In his capacity as Shadow Levelling Up Minister and Vice Chair of the APPG for the Timber Industries,...
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Net Zero
Net Zero Review marks positive start to 2023
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A net zero economy is the ‘growth opportunity of the 21st Century’ according to a new report from a UK Government sponsored report. Former Energy Minister Chris Skidmore MP published his Net Zero Review last Friday, putting forward a set of 129 recommendations to accelerate this shift. Key among these recommendations is...
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UKCA mark
UKCA Mark Update
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The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities confirmed today that the UK government will extend recognition of CE Marking for construction products until 30 June 2025. On 9 December, the Construction Products Regulation in Great Britain web page was updated, stating that: “The government will continue to recognise the...
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Timber Development UK supports Broader Market Recognition at COP27
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At COP27 on Wednesday 16 November, TDUK presented as part of a high-level event at the Indonesian Pavilion, to support “Creating Incentives through Broader Market Recognition of National Systems”. As the private sector, TDUK advocates that good forest governance must be supported with strong market incentives, and the Broader Market...
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Net Zero
Embodied Carbon Bill stumbles at second reading
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Last Friday saw the second reading of the Carbon Emissions (Buildings) Bill, a Private Member’s Bill being sponsored by Jerome Mayhew, MP for Broadland and a member of the influential Environmental Audit Select Committee. This motion aimed to ensure that whole-life carbon emissions are reported upon construction and that legal...
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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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