When orest management certifcationwas frst established in the UK, orestswere certifed only to the FSC Standard.However last month, PEFC was delightedto announce that some one millionhectares o UK orests had been awardedPEFC Forest Management certifcation,by international Certifcation Body, SGSQualior. The certifcation covers all theForestry Commission orests in England,Last year, Envirowise launched arevised guide to help printers meetincreasing environmental demands.The Green Printer Guide, which wasproduced in association with theBritish Industries Federation, looksat areas where print companies canmake the most eective environmentalimprovements.The Guide recognises that choice opaper is important in the environmentalimpact o a printed product. It advises“Green Printers” that they shouldbe well inormed on the relativeenvironmental merits o dierentpapers so that they can advise theircustomers and explains the chain ocustody requirements or PEFC andFSC as well as eaturing the logos.www.envirowise.gov.uk/uk/Our-Services/Publications/EN924a-Greener-printer-guide.html
Manifesto Commitments on Timber
Liberal Democrats have committedto protecting the world’s orests, notonly to reduce carbon emissions butalso to preserve “this crucial reservoiro biodiversity”. They will argue oran international target o zero netdeorestation by 2020; support a newsystem o payments to developingcountries to enable them to reducedeorestation; and adopt at EU – or, inecessary, at UK – level, a new law makingit illegal to import or possess timberproduced illegally in oreign countries.Labour has pledged to press or an EUwide ban on illegally logged timber, but willban it domestically i this does not succeed.Conservatives are pressing or only legallyharvested timber and timber products tobe made available on the market and orfnancial support rom within a reormed EUbudget to be given to developing countriesto halt deorestation. They also plan tomake it a criminal oence under UK law orthe import and possession o illegal timber.So whichever party wins on May 6, i theydeliver on their maniesto commitments thisshould spell the end or timber that cannotbe shown to be legal, on the UK market.
Some o our more observant readers might have noticed that an electioncampaign is currently in ull swing. For those who lack the willpower tocomb through the various political maniestos launched this month, wethought you might be interested to learn what they have to say on timber.
Scotland and Wales and some 500privately owned orest estates, includinga number in Northern Ireland, managedthrough the Scottish Woodlands and UPMTilhill orest group certifcation schemes.Both PEFC and FSC use the UK WoodlandAssurance Standard as the basis orcertifcation in the UK and are recognisedby the Government’s Central Point oExpertise on Timber (CPET) as providingevidence o legality and sustainability orpublic sector timber procurement purposes.Dual certifcation will enable sellers otimber and other orest products romthese certifed orests to display thePEFC logo as well as the logo o theForest Stewardship Council (FSC) as anassurance that these products come romresponsibly-managed orests.The UK orestry industry, along with otherenterprises selling timber across Europe,recognises that a number o buyers otimber and other orest products are keento source PEFC-certifed products and, insome cases, buyers look or both PEFCand FSC certifcation.This is particularly the case or overseasbuyers looking to source UK timber. Thismove to dual certifcation will now provideindustry in the UK with greater exibility tomeet customers’ requirements or certifedtimber.
Dual Certication for UK Forests
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Rob Shaw (left) of Scottish Woodlands and Peter Latham of PEFC