In May, PEFC UK was one of the twentyve sponsors that participated in TRADATechnology’s one-day continuousprofessional development seminar; InTouch with Timber 2010. The conference,which was held at The Queen Elizabeth IIConference Centre in London, aimed toinspire construction industry professionalsto make the most of timber. This year’stheme was ‘Innovations with Timber’ andfocused on timber’s unique structural andaesthetic qualities.Close on 200 delegates, includingarchitects, engineers, speciers andother construction industry professionals,attended to hear keynote speaker AndrewWaugh, Director, Waugh ThistletonArchitects and learn more from a range ofcase studies include the Wood Wave roof
May proved a busy month for the PEFCteam. In addition to ying the ag forcertied timber at In Touch with Timber,we were also promoting the benets ofPEFC-certied paper at IPEX 2010 whichwas billed as “the largest English-speakingglobal technology event for print, publishingand media”. Despite BA strikes and theuncertain economic climate, more than50,000 visitors from 135 countries madetheir way to the NEC for the seven-dayshow which is held once every four years,with almost half of those attending comingfrom outside the UKExhibiting in one of the 30 small exhibitionpods in the Knowledge Centre area, thePEFC team were kept busy engagingwith a steady stream of visitors from theprint and publishing sectors who were
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keen to learn more about the benetsof using certied paper. PEFC Director,Ross Bradshaw also presented thePEFC programme to a full house in theKnowledge Centre theatre. This was therst time that PEFC UK had participatedin the show but we are already lookingforward to the next one in 2014.
In June, the Central Point of Expertiseon Timber (CPET) announced thatdue to a high number of stakeholderresponses during the recent publicconsultation, the review of forestcertication schemes approved as“Category A evidence” for UK publicprocurement has been delayed.The two global forest certicationschemes approved as ‘Category Aevidence’, PEFC and FSC, are reviewedbiennially by CPET to ensure thatthey continue to provide evidence ofcompliance with the UK Government’stimber procurement policy.The CPET Technical Panel met inmid-May to assess the documentationcollated by CPET with support fromFSC and PEFC and to provide the nalscoring against each criterion. As a partof the review of certication schemes,evidence of non-compliance submittedby stakeholders is also considered andCPET invited stakeholders to provideevidence of non-compliance by PEFC,FSC and their national schemes.The consultation period ended in Mayand CPET received a high numberof stakeholder responses, especiallyrelated to the new criteria. The TechnicalPanel will therefore meet again inSeptember to nalise the scoring. CPETexpects to have the result of the 2010Category A review in October.Do you currently source products foryour business from China? PEFC UKrecognises that more than ever, China isthe workshop of the world and that manyUK companies currently import wood-based products manufactured there.In order to maintain an unbroken chain ofcustody link, we realise that it’s importantthat to grow the number of Chinese chainof custody certied suppliers to enable UKcompanies to be able to make claims anduse the logo on-product.As a result, over the past two yearsPEFC UK has been co-funding the Asiapromotions programme, which is designedto grow demand for chain of custodycertication in China.If you’d like our man in Bejing to presentthe PEFC programme to your suppliers andexplain the benets of chain of custodycertication, you can contact him direct bye-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org by phone: +86 (10) 59574863.
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system of the Richmond Oval and theaward-winning Deal Pier & Cafe Bar.This the last year that the event willrun in its current on-day format. In2011 it will be replaced by a two-dayevent – Timber Expo which will be heldat the Ricoh Centre in Coventry on27-28 September. PEFC has alreadycommitted to supporting this importantnew timber showcase.For further information visit: www.timber-expo.co.uk