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Green schemes to push up timber prices firm warns

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has warned that the Government’s push towards greener energy generation could push up timber prices.

The company believes that government subsidies encouraging businesses to use biomass electricity generators to burn wood could force up the cost of chipboard.

As result, Howarth is supporting the Make Wood Work campaign, which urges the government to protect the industry by ensuring wood is used in a more ‘sustainable’ way rather than offering subsisidies to burn it.

Howarth’s Neale Brewster, says: “Inevitably, higher costs to us have to be passed on to the consumer. It’s the last thing we want to do, especially as the construction industry has suffered a catastrophic knock during the recession.

“Our aim is to support local builders during these difficult times but ill-conceived Government legislation which offers subsidies to the electricity supply industry is driving the prices of timber to new highs.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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