The Timber Industry has an important role to play in sustainable development. Wood is a natural, renewable resource from which a wide range of timber products is derived.
Our logs are sourced from forests accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). The FSC is an international organisation that has developed a set of principles and criteria for sustainable forest management (SFM) which includes environmental considerations. We have FSC Chain of Custody Certification which traces the tree from the forest through processing to its sale as sawn timber.
Timber plays a vital role in the control of greenhouse gases, by acting as a carbon dioxide sink, and is recognised in the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Timber processing as well as producing sawn timber has co-products such as sawdust, woodchip and bark. Woodchip is used in the manufacture of medium density fibreboard (MDF), and paper. Sawdust is used in the manufacture of chipboard. Bark is utilised as garden mulch. Woodchip and Sawdust are also used as animal bedding. In short, 100% of each and every log is utilised.
Another use for the co-products is as a biomass fuel which can be utilised in producing “green energy”, i.e. renewable energy. We operate an award winning biomass CHP (Combined Heat and Power) plant which is the first of its kind in Ireland.
Both our facilities operate under an Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) licence which is monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency.
We have a stated environmental policy which is implemented through our environmental management programmes and systems.