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Next month, PEFC International will be hosting a Stakeholder Day entitled
Strengthening the Link: Sustainable Biomass & Forest Certification.
Globally, wood is a massive source of
energy and is the leading source of
renewable energy. It contributes some 9%
to the global primary energy supply and is
estimated to supply 2 billion people with
energy for household cooking and heating.
In the International Year of Sustainable
Energy for All, PEFC is convening a multi-
stakeholder dialogue event to explore
sustainability issues related to expanding
use of forest biomass for energy and other
industries, and the application of forest
certification. The event seeks to build
stronger relationships and understanding Pictures courtesy of Scottish Woodlands
between sectors on sustainable forestry
and promote the exchange of knowledge


and available tools. It will aim to:
n explore the landscape of biomass
standards and policies for their ability The PEFC Chain of Custody (CoC) unaffected by such legislation.
to safeguard social, environmental and Working Group confirmed at its last
Appropriate requirements will therefore
economic values within the context of meeting that PEFC CoC certification will
be incorporated into PEFC’s Due
forestry biomass production be able to satisfy the requirements of
Diligence System (DDS), which is an
n assess the demand for and the role of legislative and regulatory processes such
integral part of the Chain of Custody
proven forest certification systems in as the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR),
standard and therefore a mandatory
providing additional assurances to forest the U.S. Lacey Act, and the Australian
element in CoC certification. However,
biomass production Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill.
PEFC’s DDS will still be available as
n engage a diverse group of stakeholders In December 2011, The PEFC Board a stand-alone mechanism, providing
in an event focused on forests and how of Directors requested the Working companies that are either not prepared
to realise their full potential and their Group to revise the PEFC Chain of or eligible to obtain full PEFC CoC
sustainability in the light of growing Custody standard to ensure that all certification, with a tool to demonstrate
energy demands certified companies meet the EUTR compliance with EUTR.
requirements. Discussions among
n identify opportunities for collaboration The revised PEFC Chain of Custody
stakeholder representatives in the
amongst stakeholders. standard with the modified Due
Working Group discussions focussed
Diligence System is scheduled to be
The event will take place on on the implementation of mandatory
approved by PEFC in February 2013.
14 November 2012 at the Parkhotel information requirements without
Schönbrunn in Vienna, Austria. placing an unnecessary burden on those

For further details visit:

For the second consecutive year, Free Rangers Forest Nursery School came from Herefordshire, Worcestershire,
first and the runner up was Okehampton Warwickshire, Shropshire, the West
PEFC UK co-sponsored a Royal
Primary School. Trowbridge Secondary Midlands, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Greater
Forestry Society Award - this year John of Gaunt School was highly Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire,
for Excellence in Schools. The commended. Cumbria and the Isle of Man will be able to
RFS is the UK’s largest forestry Next year, the Awards move to the North take part. Entry is free with a £1,000 first
West of England and the Midlands. Schools prize and a £500 prize for the runner up.
education charity. It was founded
and other educational organisations
in 1882 and has almost 4,000

Educational organisations from the West

Country were invited to enter projects
aimed at increasing young people’s
understanding and appreciation of the
environmental, social and economic
potential of trees, woodlands and forests
and of the link between trees and everyday
wood products. Eight schools made it on
to the shortlist and the winners ranged
from a Nursery in Somerset to a Secondary
School in Wiltshire. Midsomer Norton-based For details go to and follow the ‘get involved’ links


In September, PEFC partnered with This show aims to promote timber as a Alun Watkins, who heads up PEFC in the
key material to help deliver an attractive UK, chaired a Timber Talks session and
the Malaysian Timber Certification
and sustainable built environment to end also gave a presentation on key market
Council (MTCC) and the North user such as architects, specifiers and drivers for certified timber. The two-day
American Sustainable Forestry major contractors. 5000 visitors were show provided PEFC with an important
Initiative (SFI) to exhibit at Timber pre-registered for the show and over 150 platform to engage with a broad spectrum
companies exhibited. of stakeholders from across the timber and
Expo for the second successive construction industry. We have therefore
Early feedback suggests that the event
year. already booked for next year’s show which
was a great success. The Timber Talks
will take place at the Ricoh Arena,
seminar programme proved particularly
Coventry from 24-25 September 2013.
popular with many sessions seeing the
three bespoke seminar theatres sold out.
Alun Watkins, National Secretary, PEFC UK The Timber Buyers Forum once again
provided a unique element to the show
bringing future business partners together
in a relaxed setting.

This year PEFC were Bronze sponsors.

This sponsorship guaranteed us a prime
location at the show so we decided to
invest in a new bespoke exhibition stand.
It proved a worthwhile investment; PEFC-
certified companies were delighted to see
PEFC flying the flag for certified timber to
influential end users such as architects and
specifiers. For further details visit
The Wood First campaign has
This would require sustainably-sourced
moved further forward with the wood to be considered, where feasible,
start of a collaborative research as the primary construction material in all
and development project – Wood new-build and refurbishment projects. Such
a rule is already in place in many other
First Plus! parts of the world, most notably France, as
a key element of climate policy. Current
Launched at Timber Expo, the aim of proposals from the European Commission forests. From our experience of working
the project is to create a central point will enable the carbon stored in harvested with local authorities, it is clear that a Wood
of information containing all of the data wood products to be taken into account in First policy would help to complement their
necessary to promote timber and timber national carbon budgets. existing sustainable timber procurement
products as a ‘primary and preferred strategies, as well as help them to meet
“As the world’s largest forest certification
construction material’ along with a their carbon reduction targets.”
organisation, PEFC is proud to support
programme to communicate this key data
Wood First,” said Alun Watkins, from PEFC Wood First Plus involves core funding
to key audiences.
UK. “It is such an important campaign and the operations team of Wood for
Wood First calls for the introduction of a which we hope will help drive demand Good, Timber Trade Federation, Forestry
rule in local authority planning guidance. for products from responsibly-managed Commission Scotland, and TRADA.

This month sees four new titles added to the growing PEFC resource library.

In response to popular Recognising that the Financial Joinery, Fit Out and Promoting Sustainable
demand, PEFC has updated Services sector plays a key Certified Timber aims to Forest Management
and revised its introductory role in financing, insuring inform everyone from large provides an introduction to
brochure PEFC Chain of and investing in projects fit out companies to the PEFC’s unique approach to
Custody certification - The and companies involved in smallest joinery firm about the forest certification. This new
Key to Selling Certified forest operations or related increasing requirements and publication aims to explain
Products. This publication production and trade, expectations of timber to come to the wide range of interest
helps companies familiarise PEFC has produced a new from independently certified groups with a stake in the
themselves with the most brochure The Programme sources. Whether you are world’s forests, what PEFC’s
essential elements of PEFC for the Endorsement of working with sheet materials approach is and how they
Chain of Custody certification Forest Certification and such as plywood, hardboard, can get involved in the PEFC
and the requirements for using the Financial Sector. The chipboard, OSB or MDF to programme.
the PEFC logo and labels. brochure aims to explain how working on hotel, commercial
forest certification can help and retail joinery schemes
financial professionals manage including pub, bar or shop fit
environmental risk and verify out, there are a range of Chain
sustainability. of Custody options worth

All the above titles are available to

download from the PEFC website To request hard
copies e-mail
Steve Cook, Principal Consultant for UK Contractors Group (UKCG) Materials
Willmott Dixon’s in-house sustainability Task Group which, through engagement
consultancy Re-Thinking, has been with the construction industry, is helping its
appointed to the PEFC UK Board of members to develop organisational policy
Directors and will play a vital role in helping to improve the procurement of materials.
PEFC UK in 2013 and beyond. Steve is also a Scheme Council member
of the Eco-Reinforcement, responsible
As part of Willmott Dixon Re-Thinking,
sourcing scheme.
Steve provides technical and practical
support on materials, carbon, waste and Everyone at PEFC is delighted that
sustainable procurement to all divisions Steve has agreed to join the Board. He
within the Willmott Dixon Group and has brings with him a wealth of experience
recently been behind Willmott Dixon’s and expertise which will help us to better
Group Sustainable Procurement Policy. understand and meet the requirements
Steve, who has 22 years’ experience in of one of our key stakeholder groups, UK
the construction industry, also chairs the construction contractors.


Stichting Milieukeur (SMK’s) the TPAC assessment and the subsequent
challenges during the complaints and
Board of Appeal has rejected
appeals process have confirmed that our PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue
an appeal filed by a coalition of standards are robust and comply with 14 November 2012
Dutch NGOs and confirmed that Dutch procurement criteria, which are Parkhotel Schönbrunn in Vienna,
arguably the strictest in the world”. He was Austria For further details visit:
PEFC International‘s sustainability
pleased that the outcome of the complaints
benchmarks conform to the Dutch and appeals process provided clarity to
Government’s procurement criteria. stakeholders globally. He added that “no Ecobuild 2013
other forest certification system had ever 5-7 March 2013
This decision comes a year after the ExCeL London
been subjected to such close scrutiny
Dutch Timber Procurement Assessment For further details visit
as PEFC International and its endorsed
Committee (TPAC) rejected an objection
national forest certification schemes. The
filed by NGOs as unsubstantiated and
results confirm that PEFC standards,
brings to a close an exhaustive 4-year
as well as its bottom-up approach to
long process that has confirmed at every
stage that PEFC delivers sustainable forest
certification, not only meet but exceed the
high expectations demanded of them.” CONTACTS
management as defined in the Dutch
criteria. PEFC’s Chairman William Street also
welcomed the decision saying that “this Alun Watkins
Several civil society organisations filed an PEFC UK National Secretary
thorough investigation demonstrates that
objection, and subsequently an appeal, e
the claims that NGOs have repeatedly
against the original TPAC judgement t 0114 307 2334
made about PEFC do not hold water”. He
including WWF Netherlands and other For all general enquiries and queries
expressed his regret that this long drawn
Dutch NGOs. Their main argument was about Chain of Custody and use
out process had placed a “substantial strain
that PEFC’s mutual recognition system of the PEFC logo
on PEFC’s resources and consequently
does not guarantee that national PEFC
reduced our ability to expand sustainable
forest certification systems conform to
forest management to those areas of Hilary Khawam
the Dutch procurement criteria. This
the globe in greatest need”. However, PEFC Communications Director
argument was rejected and the appeal was
he hoped that the decision would enable e
NGOs to work cooperatively with PEFC for t 01689 819902
Welcoming the decision, PEFC’s the common good of the world’s forests in Marketing and communications
Secretary General, Ben Gunneberg, the future. enquiries
commented that he was “delighted that