Countries worldwide have launched various initiatives and adopted certification schemes to ensure the responsible and sustainable management and utilisation of forest. To fully understand the meaning of “sustainability”, one should proceed from different perspectives. By Michael Buckley, World Hardwoods

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The sawmilling sector is the backbone of the Malaysian wood-based industry. The conversion of saw-logs into sawn timber releases several gases into the atmosphere, and these may contribute to environmental burdens as well as environmental impacts. By Geetha Ramasamy, Jegatheswaran Ratnasingam, Edi Suhaimi Bakar and RasminaHalis, Universiti Putra Malaysia, and Neelakandan Muttiah, Energy Consultants

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Sawn wood is important raw material in Malaysia, particularly for the construction, furniture and furniture components sectors. However, the production of sawn timber through sawmilling activities can cause environmental issues and is perceived to have a potential impact on global warming. By GeethaRamasamy, Universiti Putra Malaysia

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With the spotlight on reducing environmental impact, Malaysian authorities and agencies have come up with many initiatives to encourage the country’s furniture manufacturing sector to go ‘green’. By H’ng Paik San, Kaljeet Singh Ambra Singh and Pang Suet Kum, Universiti Putra Malaysia, and Ahmad Zairin Ismail and Kiranjeet Kaur Ambra Singh, Malaysian Green Technology Corporation.

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In Ireland, timber and biomass haulage faces the challenge of transporting enough material within strict legal dimensions and gross vehicle weights restrictions for trucks and trailers. By understand the moisture content and wood specie, track hauliers can determine the optimum volume and weight of wood to be transported and ensure greater efficiency. By Amanda Sosa and Ger Dublin, University College Dublin, RadomirKlvac, Mendel University, and Enda Coates and Tom Kent, Waterford Institute of Technology

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With the highest afforestation rate of any country in the world, the endorsement of the China Forest Certification Scheme by PEFC will help create a model of certification and sustainability that other Asian countries can follow. By Michael Buckley, World Hardwoods 

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Despite birth control in China limiting population growth, the greatest global increase in consumer power is now in China, which is also the world’s number one market for wood. By Michael Buckley, World Hardwoods

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