• Australian Softwood Log Price Trend Anomaly

    2nd June 2020

    Between June 2015 and June 2017 MGP10 prices trended down in real terms in the middle of the most recent and prolonged construction boom. This trend apparently bucked conventional wisdom that prices increase in times of high demand. Three trends in the market were apparent which may explain this unusual event. They are: The increase […]

  • Eucalyptus Trees Abound But A Shortage Of Face Masks

    8th April 2020

    The ongoing Corona virus pandemic and a desperate scramble to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline medical staff is leaving many countries exposed and is putting lives at risk. Australia is a leading exporter of eucalyptus wood fibre which can be a major component of face masks, but they cannot be produced locally because […]

  • Spruce Bark Beetle

    Will European Spruce Continue to Compete in Asian Markets?

    10th March 2020

    The spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) is native to Europe and is normally present in manageable populations. The problem with Spruce in Mainland Europe is that a lot of it was originally planted offsite.  Now with lots of stressed trees around and mild winters unable to knock back populations it has become such a big problem.

  • Biofuel Briquettes – For Renewable Energy Generation

    9th March 2020

    There is ongoing debate about the management of natural forests and in specific fuel load reduction in natural forests in parts of the US and in Australia.  There is also the question of residue utilisation from plantation forests. Briquettes is a relatively simple renewable energy product that can be produced from forest waste material.

  • Global Carbon Market Updates

    8th March 2020

    New Zealand Emissions Trading System (ETS) Proposed changes to the ETS continue to dominate the market in New Zealand.  Discussion documents circulated by environment minister James Shaw just prior to Christmas 2019 that proposed, among other changes, a NZD20 to NZD50 price band, as well as increasing the governments fixed price option (FPO) from NZD25 […]