Friday Offcuts 19 August 2016
In New Zealand, a campaign being promoted throughout August and into the beginning of September has also been launched by Competenz and seven of the country’s industry training organisations. The objective is to raise the awareness of on-the-job training and careers in New Zealand’s trades and services. The need for skilled people is very clear. Around 2,300 new people in the forestry industry for example by 2020 will be required to meet employment growth and replacement demand. Details of both of these new initiatives are contained in this week’s issue.
Also this week, the Morgan Foundation has received a lot of media attention with their release of a list they’re calling the Dirty Dozen – the 12 companies in New Zealand that used the most EURs. These are the cheap foreign carbon units that were purchased principally out of the Ukraine and Russia to meet liabilities under the country’s Emissions Trading Scheme. Included in their list of 12 are forestry companies. In naming the twelve, the Foundation did say though that they had some sympathy for the forestry companies as they’d been hardest-hit by the Government’s “mismanagement” of the ETS. Truth be known, businesses bought ERU’s under a Government regulated market.
The report (the link is included in this week's story) of course is aimed at putting more pressure on the NZ Government to “dump the junk”. As outlined in Carbon News this week, Climate change minister Paula Bennett has asked officials for an analysis of the risks and benefits of New Zealand handing over extra credits to offset the environmentally worthless EURs that the country used to meet its first Kyoto Protocol commitment.
Another call went out this week for the NZ Government to ensure a level playing field is set for all land users. Forestry investment and new planting is still being stymied with farming being kept out of the country’s ETS. As well as the story that appeared in the media there has been some interesting public discussion which can be viewed using the link in the story below. The Government also announced mid-week that they’re setting up a new Biological Emissions Group and a Forestry Reference Group to work with the primary sector to try and meet NZ’s climate change goals and reduce emissions from the livestock (currently agriculture is contributing around 48% of the country's emissions) and forestry sectors. Further details are expected to follow in the next couple of weeks. Enjoy this week’s read.
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Logistics specialists lined up for SeptemberIn recent issues of Friday Offcuts, we’ve profiled just a few of the world class presenters that are being drawn into this region for the upcoming two-yearly forestry, wood transport and logistics event being run for local companies, Wood Flow Optimisation 2016.
Another three presenters that have been highlighted this week include a Director of a New Zealand company that’s worked with leading supply chain and manufacturing companies, including forest products businesses, throughout Europe, Canada, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, a project manager with considerable “hands-on” experience working with harvesting and wood haulage operations in Scandinavia and Australasia and an Australian entrepreneur who started up one of Australia's first end-to-end drone retail, manufacturing, integration and service companies.
Further information on the profiled presenters from Wood Flow Optimisation 2016 this year follows.
Tom Street, Director, INTENT Group, New Zealand
Tom is a co-founder and Director of INTENT Group Limited. He has considerable World Class supply chain and manufacturing experience attained in a variety of organisations throughout Europe, Canada, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. A trained engineer, Tom began in consultancy in 1984 with a major UK consulting organisation. This was followed by senior line management positions within fabrication, conversion and primary manufacturing industries.
Since arriving in New Zealand 21 years ago at the invitation of Fletcher Challenge Paper, Tom has helped deliver improved and sustainable results for a number of reputable multi-national companies, including mills and wood product organisations. As part of the New Zealand leg of the upcoming series, Tom will be outlining the global and local trends shaping supply chain management, with a particular focus on forestry and wood supply chains.
Matthew Perry, Project Manager, Trimble Forestry Logistics, New Zealand
Matthew is the Project Manager for Trimble Forestry Logistics in this region. He started with Asset Forestry Logistics in 2011 and was initially based in the Whangarei Dispatch operation. After developing a range of skills at ground level, he moved into a project management role based in Rotorua in 2013.
Working with international forest owners, Matthew has implemented and managed a number of Trimble start-up operations both in New Zealand and globally including North America, Europe and Australia. Matthew will be presenting in both New Zealand and Australia outlining a number of case studies from harvesting and haulage operations in Scandinavia and Australasia.
David Skinner, Director, BASK Industries, Australia
David Skinner will present in Melbourne on how UAV deliveries are reshaping and re-engineering global supply chains. David is an enthusiastic Australian aerospace engineer and entrepreneur. From studies in Aerospace Engineering, his passion for technology and aerospace lead him to start one of Australia's first end-to-end drone retail, manufacturing, integration and service companies, Bask Aerospace. Serving some of Australia’s major UAV companies and research organisations such as Grollo Aerospace, ARCAA, DSTG (formerly DSTO) and even back to RMIT University.
David has also been involved in some ground breaking projects in industries such as agriculture and logistics. Today the company is focused on taking the UAV industry to the next level through advanced manufacturing techniques and custom design of software and electronics.
Full details on the programme and other presenters lined up for both venues can be found on the event website, www.woodflow.events. The two-yearly technology event, Wood Flow Optimisation 2016 is being run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 14-15 September and then again for the Australian forestry and wood transport industries, the following week on 20-21 September in Melbourne.
New online WoodSolutions Campus set upFollowing a successful pilot program with industry-leading companies, Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is launching WoodSolutions Campus, a free, online education and skills development platform, to increase the product knowledge of people in the wood and wood products supply chain.
Sales opportunities increase when staff have up-to-the minute knowledge about the nature and performance of timber and wood products – especially in the light of recent changes to the National Construction Code (NCC). These skills can also lead to greater customer satisfaction and confidence in the range of options and expert advice made available.
FWPA in collaboration with the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood, has developed WoodSolutions Campus. It is the first free-access online educational platform that provides people who work in Australia’s timber and wood products supply chain with both the fundamental and work-based knowledge they need to improve their skills.
“This is an exciting opportunity” University of Tasmania’s Associate Professor Greg Nolan said. “For the first time, timber producers and suppliers around Australia have ready access to resources designed to develop staff skill and confidence in how timber and wood products are made, used and perform.”
The site’s content is designed to help staff choose or specify the most appropriate timber or wood product for a range of applications in building. “The courses are grounded in industry practice and, where possible, show operations in businesses” Associate Professor Nolan said.
Five vendor-neutral WoodSolutions courses are available focusing on key concepts and best practices in timber handling and design. The courses are:
- Course 1 - Introduction to Building Regulations and Standards
- Course 2 - Design for Durability
- Course 3 - Design for Bushfire
- Course 4 - Managing Timber’s Moisture Content
- Course 5 - Timber and Wood Properties
These self-paced, online courses cover standards and building regulations, and the properties of timber and wood products, including durability ratings, moisture content and resistance to fire. Further courses will be added on an ongoing basis.
WoodSolutions Campus users can also have their participation recognised as part of formal training or education. WoodSolutions has been working with Registered Training Organisations to map current and future materials against training units and courses.
“We believe there are significant new opportunities for increasing timber sales as a result of the NCC change. WoodSolutions Campus will enable merchants to be well-informed about the wood products they should recommend and make the most of these opportunities”, said Eileen Newbury, FWPA’s National Marketing and Communications Manager. “An online platform makes learning convenient and accessible from any internet-ready device.” she said.
Each course is based on 6 or more video modules. Each can typically be completed in 3 to 5 minutes. Printable technical guides support the videos and provide additional content. Accompanying assessments enhance the self-paced learning experience. These measure the level of knowledge gained, and can result in Starter, Intermediate and Advanced Certificate being awarded. Additional resources are also available for further learning.
“We are already working on a new course to educate specifiers about the building code change and make the most of the new opportunities for wood in medium rise multi-residential developments,” Ms Newbury said.
WoodSolutions Campus is available on-demand via www.campus.woodsolutions.com.au
Polluter pays policy to encourage forest plantingPresident of the Forest Owners Association, Peter Clark, has taken a swipe at dairy farming, saying it was time to make polluters pay with a nitrogen tax and for farming to be included within an emissions trading scheme. Mr Clark said people could not be expected to plant trees "when the current policies are sloping the playing field in favour of grass".
Speaking at the 25th anniversary of the New Zealand Forests Accord, Clark called on environmental groups to join with the forestry industry on climate change. The accord signed between forestry and environmental groups in 1991 signalled an end to native forest logging on private land. Clark said New Zealand needed to act on freshwater quality and climate warming.
"Our dairy farmers in particular have now lost the low-cost commodity producer battle with subsidised European and much more productive grain-fed cows in the US. It follows that to succeed we must sell quality consumer products at a price premium. We need a Pure Green New Zealand image to underpin both our safe food exports and our tourism that together make up the bulk of our export earnings. Plantation forests are an absolutely complementary land use on farms," Clark said.
Very little new planting was being carried out at present because of the economics of plantation forests, and the proposed Forestry National Environmental Standard would steer potential investors in plantation forests away from the most erodible land in New Zealand. "The likely outcome is we will see more land reverting into manuka and kanuka in the first instance," Clark said.
He said the major constraint to forestry were land values inflated by messages that farming would never be in the emissions trading scheme (ETS), farming practices to improve freshwater quality will take decades to implement; and forested areas would be allocated fewer nitrogen discharge allowances than pastoral farming.
Farmers would plant more trees if the polluter pays principle was implemented, along with trading in nitrogen discharge allowances and an appropriate carbon price under the ETS. He also called on the Government to investigate and support high-rise timber construction.
But Federated Farmers said it did not believe agriculture should be included in the ETS at this time, because of the likely impact on New Zealand's competitiveness. The Government had been clear that agriculture should not be in the ETS while farmers overseas in competing markets were not subject to a similar policy.
The Morgan Foundations “dirty dozen”The Morgan Foundations first report “Climate Cheats” showed that New Zealand was the biggest user of fraudulent carbon credits from Ukraine and Russia. The Government responded saying that they didn’t purchase the credits, companies did. This is despite NZ being the only Emissions Trading Scheme in the world that allowed the use of these units from 2013-2015.
So the Foundation decided to look at which companies bought the most of these credits. The data isn’t perfect, but it gives some interesting results:
1. NZ Steel made big profits from buying fraudulent foreign units and selling or banking the (more valuable) free units they got from Government; essentially profiting from polluting.
2. The power and petrol companies, led by BP but including Z, Caltex and Genesis, were the biggest users of fraudulent units. They claim they did this to provide the best deal for their customers, but interestingly Mobil didn’t purchase any of these units and somehow remained competitive.
3. Some forestry companies also bought the units. Some of these may have been engaging in a rort similar to NZ Steel, but it is hard to tell which companies did this.
The Foundation wants these businesses to join our call for the Government to ‘dump the junk’. At the very least Government should not carry forward any surplus units past 2020; the only reason we have these surplus units is because we traded in fraudulent foreign units in the past. Without the Government stepping in to right the wrong, any company wishing to clear themselves of being implicit in greenwashing faces a potentially large liability.
Download the report. For further coverage of this story, click here.
Which tablet is right for your forestry business?A Canadian company has recently provided an excellent review of tablet selection for use in the field. The question of which tablet to use out in a rugged environment is a very challenging one to answer. You will likely know the answer after you have used a tablet computer for several months. And just to make things really challenging whatever you choose will not be the best option in a year because of advances in technology!
You can make a good case for the adoption of Android, Apple and Windows tablets. None of them will be a perfect fit and of course the best fit will vary with job function and individual. To help you make an informed choice Brian Saunders has considered the following four “classes” of tablet computers.
1. Class 1 – Apple Tablets
2. Class 2 – The Android “Consumer” grade tablet
3. Class 3 – Ruggedized Android tablets
4. Class 4 – Ruggedized Windows PC
When he has conducted workshops on the field use of tablet computers one of the things that has surprised him is the high proportion of users that have chosen Apple tablets over Android devices. From the functionality perspective there is little reason to choose one over the other – both can perform the majority of functions required by field users. However, it is the lack of good harsh environmental cases available for Android consumer devices that tip the scales in favour of Apple’s tablets.
With a Griffin Survivor- or LifeProof-equipped iPad, you have a highly water resistant (or waterproof) tablet computer at a much lower cost than a purpose built ruggedized Android tablet. And these devices hold up remarkably well on Canada’s West (Wet) coast. He knows of one coastal consulting company that has about 5000 man-days of iPad field use without the loss of a single device due to moisture ingress.
If you require a device that will work in more extreme environments your only option is a purpose-built ruggedized tablet such as the Panasonic Android Toughtab or Motion Computers F5. These tablets are significantly more expensive than an Apple iPad equipped with a ruggedized case but you get what you pay for. The full article can be found by clicking here.
Remote sensing, forest inventory and data management is again the focus for this regions independent technology update, ForestTECH 2016 which will run in Rotorua on 16-17 November and again in Melbourne on 22-23 November. Programmes are now out for both venues. Registrations are already coming in. Further details on the November technology series can be found on the event website, www.foresttech.events.
50MAX maps are now mobile friendlyThe online 50MAX maps now have a mobile-friendly format, part of the NZ Transport Agency’s commitment to making it as easy as possible for the industry to use high productivity motor vehicles (HPMVs). The move means an upgrade to the platform which hosts the maps, providing greater scope to continue to improve the service in the future, Principal Project Manager Grant Foster says.
“This new platform is an exciting development as it means the maps can be easily used from all major smartphones and tablets. It also comes with a similar ‘look and feel’ as Google Maps which will make it easy to read,” Grant says.
Like Google Maps the 50MAX maps will have the option of viewing different backgrounds such as aerial imagery or roads and will be printer friendly. It will also have an option to work in with the location of the device for easy route planning.
The mobile-friendly version of 50MAX maps went online on 1 July and are available to view here or via their main 50MAX web page.
New primary sector groups to support climate changeTwo new reference groups will help support New Zealand’s climate change goals and reduce emissions from the livestock and forestry sectors, Primary Industries Ministers Nathan Guy and Jo Goodhew have announced on Wednesday.
“As part of ratifying the Paris agreement on climate change, New Zealand has set a target of reducing our emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. The primary sector will need to be an important part of that,” says Mr Guy.
“The Biological Emissions Reference Group will bring together a wide range of agricultural, horticultural and farming stakeholders to collaborate with Government and build a solid evidence base. This will ensure we have the best possible range of information on what can be done right now to reduce biological greenhouse emissions.
“New Zealand is a world leader in efficiently producing food, and has invested heavily in research on how to reduce our footprint. However, it is a complicated challenge and right now there is no easy fix. The group aims to seek consensus on what can be done to reduce emissions and meet the challenging 2030 target, ensure that we have the right science, and that costs are minimised.
“New Zealand was instrumental in creating the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), which has been so successful it now has 46 member countries. Its primary aim is to develop new technologies and help change on-farm practices to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.”
In December 2015, alongside COP21 in Paris, the Prime Minister announced an extra NZ$20 million in funding for the GRA on top of our initial investment of NZ$45 million. Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew is welcoming the formation of the Forestry Reference Group to test evidence, analysis and policy options with sector experts.
“Forestry is a major part of the economy and plays an important role in helping us meet our long-term climate change commitments, while also delivering economic and environmental benefits here at home,” says Mrs Goodhew. “New Zealand is committed to working to reduce emissions, and forestry will be a major part of that work.
“This group will help road-test any proposed changes to forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme. These are big and complex issues and the sector’s input is crucial to ensure that we ‘get it right first time’.”
Terms of reference and membership for both groups will be released within weeks.
Building future skills through Got a Trade WeekGot a Trade? Got it Made! Week is back for 2016. The national campaign in New Zealand to raise awareness of on-the-job training and careers in New Zealand’s trades and services is returning 22-26 August. The week also celebrates the talents and achievements of Kiwis making headway in their vocation.
The multi-channel campaign has been co-organised by Competenz and seven of the country’s industry training organisations representing more than 140 trades and services, including the forestry industry. Got a Trade will be promoted on TV, radio and via digital channels throughout August and into the beginning of September.
Competenz’ CEO Fiona Kingsford says that there are misconceptions on what a trade can represent. And that on-the-job training encompasses industries as diverse as forestry, to manufacturing, to refrigeration and air conditioning.
“There is a real and genuine demand from all trades for skilled people – we need 2,300 new people in the forestry industry by 2020 in order to meet employment growth and replacement demand. Genuine career opportunities currently exist within the forestry industry, yet the current housing crisis has led the public to mostly focus on the opportunities in the building and construction sectors,” said Kingsford.
In an increasingly technical world, the practical skills that can be gained in workplace training teach apprentices to help turn ideas, innovation and great thinking into reality. “In today’s job market practical intelligence and technical trades are in very high demand, and this translates in to excellent earning potential,” said Kingsford.
For forestry worker and Eastland Wood Council Apprentice of the Year 2016 Jasmine Kuru, leaving school at 16-years-old she was unsure of what she wanted to do, until she decided to join the family business. “I received a pair of orange spiked forestry gumboots for my sixteenth birthday, and decided to try working for the family business. I was so nervous and excited I didn’t know what to expect. I was a little bit apprehensive at first, but after a couple of weeks in the bush, I realised that my heart was set for the forestry industry,” said Kuru.
“Completing my apprenticeship has inspired me to share my knowledge with my fellow workers in the industry. I am now encouraging other young people in the hope of attracting them into the forestry industry.”
Kingsford says young people like Jasmine will ultimately reap the rewards of a country demanding a skilled workforce. “Trades and workplace training offers a genuine career pathway and there are rich opportunities for the trades in New Zealand now, with the well-documented skills shortage and the demand for skilled labour into the future.”
Employers benefit from training their people to nationally recognised qualifications. “Businesses who employ apprentices are building the skills that help their operations run productively and safely, while lifting quality and reducing downtime and waste – as well as boosting employee confidence, job satisfaction and loyalty. All this means a more competitive business. It also means the industry as a whole benefits from a more skilled pool of talent,” says Kingsford.
“With only 28 percent of school leavers going to university, Got a Trade Week is about showcasing the opportunities that exist out there for the other 72 percent.” Got a Trade Week will be launched at Parliament on Monday 22 August. The week also features the Future Business Leader’s Forum on Thursday 25 August where New Zealand’s ‘bright young things’ in trades and services will gather to learn about furthering their careers. Following the leader’s forum, there’s The Edge Got a Trade Future Business Leader’s Awards where Jasmine is a nominee.
For more information visit www.competenz.org.nz/got-a-trade-week
Australian campaign to switch to local recycled paperAustralian Paper and Planet Ark are calling on Aussie businesses and government to close the recycling look by making a switch to Australian-made recycled paper. While 76% of Australian businesses recycle paper, only one in six reams of new paper purchased contains recycled content. Australian Paper is partnering with Planet Ark to encourage businesses to make the switch to locally made, recycled office and printing papers.
The "make it Australian recycled" partnership aims to increase recycling of office paper, reduce Australian waste paper going to landfill and increase demand for locally made, high-recycled content paper in business and government, and an Australian business is doing something about that.
Australian Paper, the largest recycled paper producer in the country, opened up a AU$90 million recycling plant in Maryvale, Victoria. The recycling plant is using the latest technology and has the capacity to divert up to 80,000 tonnes of waste paper from landfill each year.
Source: Daily Examiner
Facebook's Aquila fliesFacebooks solar powered internet connectivity drone has taken one step closer to being a thing. At the end of June, it had its first flight. It’s designed to fly for three month stints. It’s a solar airplane designed to bring internet access to people living in remote locations. This innovative plane has the wingspan of an airliner but weighs less than a small car and flies on roughly the power of three blowdryers — incredible.
Source: Australian UAV News
Forest industry’s challenge to manage supply fluctuationsThe pan forest and timber processing industry organisation, the New Zealand Wood Council (Woodco) says there is a supply challenge for many regions in the domestic processing industry. Woodco Chair, Brian Stanley says timber processors are being hindered by a current lack of logs, especially in the higher grades.
He says small scale woodlot owners are being enticed into quick export contracts instead, where the buyers are not providing the domestic processors with an opportunity to purchase these logs.
“The problem is not so much with the large scale dedicated forest operators who depend on being able to supply a constant volume into both the local and export markets and are managed and equipped for this.”
“In many areas small scale owners would do well to get expert advice on terms and conditions for their sale and who to sell to, and not rush into contracts just because their logs are nearly mature. A slightly longer term view might provide a better return.”
Brian Stanley says the security of future investment into both forestry and processing in New Zealand has suffered from fluctuations in government policy during the past 30 years.
“If anyone is going to invest in more processing, they need to be sure that there will be a continuous supply of logs, especially where small farm scale woodlots are an important source of that log supply,” Brian Stanley says.
“This requires stable and long term policy. Woodco is united in its positon that government should not attempt to control price or volume on forest products or production. That wouldn’t work.”
Brian Stanley says nobody can do anything now about the variable government incentive policies that have influenced planting over the past two decades, especially for small scale woodlot owners, and the resulting fluctuations in harvest a number of years later.
“The forest industry is our number two primary export earner behind dairy, and is too important and long term to be subject to government influenced or controlled variable pressures outside the marketplace, such as the mad fluctuations in the prices for carbon credits we’ve seen in the past six years.”
Brian Stanley says there are a range of government policies which would help further develop local processing capacity and competitiveness, from more research into wood processing, through to accelerated depreciation and rural roading assistance.
Soft Pines Bulletin publishedPublication of The Soft Pines bulletin by Scion marks the completion of a 19-part series on introduced forest trees. A series of FRI bulletins was proposed during the 1980s on the recognition, role, and seed source of introduced forest trees in New Zealand. It was aimed at people with an interest in this subject, such as foresters, farm foresters, nurserymen, and students.
The first part was published in 1986 and a further 17 parts were produced over the following 14 years. A nineteenth part was proposed to cover the soft pines (Pinus strobus, P. monticola, P. lambertiana, P. ayacahuite, P. wallichiana and related species), and a start was made on compiling this in the late 1990s but it was not published. The original authors, Barbara Knowles and the late John Miller, left the organisation shortly afterwards. Elizabeth Miller later took over this project and refined the text but again circumstances conspired to prevent its completion.
A further concentrated effort during 2016 has seen this project finally completed in 2016, 30 years after it was first devised. This is a valuable addition to a popular series of publications and also a major achievement for all those involved. The details of the bulletin are:
Miller, E. (2016). Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source, part 19. The soft pines - Pinus strobus, P. monticola, P. lambertiana, P. ayacahuite, P. wallichiana and related species (FRI Bulletin No.124, part 19). Rotorua, New Zealand: Scion.
An electronic copy can be obtained by emailing email@example.com
TV Show Profiles “world’s largest wood treater"Madison Wood Preservers, Madison, Va., is being profiled on the TV show World’s Greatest!...“They have the world’s largest wood treating facility in terms of physical size and treating capacity—180,000 sq. ft., capable of treating over 1 million bd. ft. of lumber in a single day,” said Gordon Freeman, executive producer of the show. “That’s what leaders do, they pioneer, grow and lead. We think their story will be meaningful as well as educational to our viewers.”
As part of the show, the production company, How2Media, sent a film crew to spend time at the company’s facilities in Madison to see the state-of-the-art controls and attention to detail that illustrate why Madison Wood was selected as the best in their category.
World’s Greatest!... is a 30-minute show dedicated to highlighting the world’s greatest companies, products, places, and people. Each show is a fast-paced tour featuring behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and exciting visuals.
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And on that note, have a great weekend. You have your last chance with olympics viewing and of course, many of you will be tuning in to the opening Bledisloe Cup match planned for Sydney on Saturday. Cheers.
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