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PEFC Newsletter 32 August 2006

PEFC Newsletter 32 August 2006

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08/04/2010

 
 
The PEFCC Newsletter
is produced by the PEFC Council
 
(Registered as an asbl in Luxembourg No. 1999-61-02192
)
17 Rue des Girondins, L-1626 Hollerich, Luxembourg ¦ Tel: +352 26 25 90 59 ¦ E-Mail: pefc@pt.lu ¦ Web Page: www.pefc.org
 
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes No 32 August 2006
PEFC/01-00-01
IN THIS ISSUE
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CEOs name criteriafor credible forestcertification systems
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New CertificationGuide for publicprocurement makers
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Tissue producersapply for PEFCmembership
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International Paperoffers new PEFClabelled paper line
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Strong interest forPEFC by Belgian,Dutch and UKcompanies
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Belgian Ministercalls for more use ofPEFC products
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German DIYretailers join PEFC
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ATFS to seek PEFCendorsement
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Annual PEFCCouncil NationalSecretaries meeting
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PEFC CouncilStatistics
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Reports from thePEFC NationalMember Countries
Forest Industry Leaders endorse PEFCand other credible certification systems
60 CEOs sign historic Statement on Sustainability
The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations(ICFPA), which represents world's forest and paper industryassociations, announced the signing of an historic agreementby its global member companies. The leadership statementon sustainability was signed by over 60 company CEOs andassociation presidents, representing some of the largest pulp,paper and wood companies in the world, who met in Rome forthe ICFPA Global CEO Roundtable in June 2006.The CEO Leadership statement states:
“We endorse certification systems that have the following characteristics: 
 
Conforming with generally accepted rules applicable to certification and accreditation; 
 
Consistent with internationally-recognised SFM criteria; 
 
Employing a third-party independent certification process; 
 
Developed and implemented in a transparent manner with input from stakeholders; 
 
Promoting continuous improvement.” 
 
The full copy of the leadership statement on sustainability and the signatoriesto the statement are available at the ICFPA web site atwww.icfpa.org.
 
New Certification Guides for publicprocurement makers and consumers
The Belgian Government has published two new Guides - forpublic procurement makers and consumers - on certifiedtimber from sustainable sources, presenting in detail thePEFC and FSC certification systems. The guide for publicprocurement makers is also electronically available at:www.guidedesachatsdurables.be/bs_mb/guide_bois_durable.pdf
 
 
PEFC Newsletter
- Promoting Sustainable Forest Management For more info: www.pefc.org (
 Page
 
 2
)
 
For full details of news, press releases, reports etc. see website above
 
No 32 – August 2006
Continuous improvement ofthe PEFC system
The PEFC Council members are currentlydeveloping a number of new elements of forestcertification, among them a standard on Non-Wood Forest Products, a guide on the avoidanceof materials from illegal and controversialsources and a financing mechanism for PEFCdevelopment and promotion activities. The PEFCCouncil members will vote on the new elementsat the next General Assembly in Portland.
Tissue producers apply forPEFC membership
The European TissueSymposium (ETS), the tradeassociation for the Europeantissue paper industry, hasapplied to become anExtraordinary Member of the PEFC Council. ThePEFC Council Board will consider the applicationat its September meeting and if approved will
 
recommend PEFC Council members will to voteon the application at their next General Assemblyin Portland in the USA in October 2006.In its membership application, ETS explains thatmembership is being sought, because it supportssustainable forestry and believes that PEFC andall other suitable schemes are a positive way ofensuring that forests are managed sustainably.ETS’ member companies represent the majorityof the tissue production throughout the EU. Outof the world's estimated production of 21 milliontonnes of tissue, Europe produces approximately6 million tonnes. The principal grades producedby ETS member companies are toilet tissue,household towels, facial tissue, hankies andindustrial towels and wipes. For more details onETS visitwww.europeantissue.com.Extraordinary membership in the PEFC Councilis open to any international organisation whichsupports the objectives for promoting sustainableforest management of the PEFC Council.
International Paper offers newPEFC products line
As of 1
st
August2006,InternationalPaper is offeringits Europeanpaper brand REYas PEFCcertified.The paper is produced by International Paper inSaillat, in the Limousin region of France, andlabelled with the PEFC logo. International Paperpoints out that PEFC was chosen as it is theforest certification system preferred by privateforest owners in France to demonstrate theirsustainable forest management.Mr Will Oldham, Business Manager EuropeanPapers, further explained that customers expectInternational Paper to be engaged in sustainabledevelopment and that the company wasdemonstrating its corporate social responsibiltyand commitment to the environment with thechoice for PEFC certified paper.The fiber used for manufacturing REY papersoriginates from within a 120 km radius around themill ensuring that environmental impactsassociated with transport are limited.
 
 
PEFC Newsletter
- Promoting Sustainable Forest Management For more info: www.pefc.org (
 Page
 
 3
)
 
For full details of news, press releases, reports etc. see website above
 
No 32 – August 2006
Strong interest in PEFC byBelgian, Dutch and UKcompanies
Why PEFC certification is good for business 
”.This was the theme of two information seminarsfor paper and timber trading and processingcompanies, organized by PEFC in response tothe growing interest in PEFC Chain of Custodycertification.The seminars in London and Westerlo (Belgium)in June 2006 were attended by more than 130participants who wanted to know more about theopportunities and benefits of producing andmarketing PEFC certified timber based products.
UK timber and paper companies inform themselves aboutthe benefits of a PEFC Chain of Custody certificate at theseminar in LondonBelgian and Dutch timber and paper companies learn aboutadvantages of PEFC certification at the seminar in Westerlo
The series of PEFC seminars for the paper andtimber sector will continue in autumn of this year.Two seminars with a special focus on paper forprinters, publishers, paper merchants and paperproducers are scheduled for the 17 October 2006in London and the 29 September 2006 inBrussels (in Dutch and French). Details oncoming seminars in PEFC member countries willbe available from the PEFC National offices,whose contact details are listed atwww.pefc.org > Members & Schemes.
PEFC National Secretariesmeet for training in Spain
National Secretaries of the PEFC Councilmember countries met for their annual trainingand development seminar in Madrid, Spain inMay 2006.
National Secretaries from the 31 PEFC member countriesduring the annual seminar in Madrid, Spain
This year’s agenda included the furtherdevelopment of PEFC certification and itsnational organisations in the areas of Non-WoodForest Products, safe sourcing of uncertifedmaterials and new financing opportunities. Themeeting was hosted by PEFC Spain andincluded a field trip to certified forests in Spain.
New Staff member
PEFC is pleased to announcethat Mrs Katherine Greenwoodhas joined the PEFC Secretariatteam in Luxembourg as of 1
st
 August 2006 as Administrator.Katherine takes over from RuthColville who has left theorganisation to set up her ownbusiness. PEFC wishes her all the best in hernew venture.

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