Issue 20, June 2016




Issue 20, June 2016

Fuelling a greener economy

carA report released recently by the Royal Society of New Zealand calls on New Zealanders to take action against rising greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to curb global warming. New Zealand’s emissions are well above average for developed countries, and steadily rising. ... Read more...

Where would we be without foresight?
In the last issue of Scion Connections, I outlined why the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement will profoundly reshape national economies and resource use. This includes New Zealand, where some sectors appear to still believe they can compete in a decarbonising world with 20th century technology. This is not a new revelation.

Manuka as a tree crop
Kiwis have grown up with mānuka honey and tea tree oil but these humble household items are fast becoming a multi-million dollar forest industry for New Zealand.

Packaging – more than meets the eye
Most consumers are probably unaware of the science and innovation that goes into creating everyday packaging.

Enhancing forest productivity with soil sciences
Our ability to understand and manage the links between soil properties and forest productivity is being expanded by the “Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future” (GCFF) programme.

Scion’s novel tool for sawmill students
New recruits to the sawmill industry will get a better picture of timber grains and how to saw them with a new training tool created at Scion.

Managing risk in forestry
Combating the effects and rising costs of climate change was one of the issues discussed at this year’s Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future (GCFF) conference, held in Auckland in May.

Wood plastic takes global market by force
Scion and licensing partner Sonae Indústria are one of twelve finalists in this year’s KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards. Together they have commercialised an innovative wood fibre reinforced plastic branded as Woodforce.

How do we value forest ecosystem services?
New Zealand’s green image is an integral part of our identity, adding value to both our exports and tourism. Our forests contribute to this image by providing a range of ecosystem services such as habitat, water quality, carbon sequestration, erosion prevention and recreation, the value of which is not well established.

Upcoming event
Packaging workshop. 9.00am – 4.00pm, Thursday 7 July.