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This month saw the launch of
PEFC UK’s new website.
The upgraded site is designed to
provide a wealth of information
about the PEFC programme
with particular emphasis on the
organisation’s work in the UK.

The totally revamped site now includes

information about chain of custody, using
the PEFC logo, getting certified and finding
certified products.

Later this year, we will targetting our

market outreach to corporate print buyers
with the objective of driving traffic via the
website in the direction of PEFC-certified
printers and paper suppliers.

With an increasing number of publications

now seeking to use the PEFC logo on their We’ve tried to make it a comprehensive
publications, the site contains a database source of information for all our
of almost 500 chain of custody certified stakeholders but if there is there anything
printers and details the services they offer. you’d like to see on the site that isn’t there, PEFC UK’s Annual General Meeting
let us know? 2010 will take place at the offices of
Recognising that any certified print job the Country Landowners’ Association
begins with certified paper, there is If your print company has PEFC chain of in London on Thursday 1 July 2010.
also an extensive list of PEFC papers custody, then check out your entry. You Members will receive an invitation to
across a range of grades from leading can email feedback on the new site the meeting together with a copy of
manufacturers and merchants. to the 2010 Annual Report in May.
Manifesto Commitments on Timber ENVIROWISE GREEN
Some of our more observant readers might have noticed that an election
campaign is currently in full swing. For those who lack the willpower to Last year, Envirowise launched a
revised guide to help printers meet
comb through the various political manifestos launched this month, we
increasing environmental demands.
thought you might be interested to learn what they have to say on timber. The Green Printer Guide, which was
produced in association with the
British Industries Federation, looks
Liberal Democrats have committed Conservatives are pressing for only legally
at areas where print companies can
to protecting the world’s forests, not harvested timber and timber products to
make the most effective environmental
only to reduce carbon emissions but be made available on the market and for
also to preserve “this crucial reservoir financial support from within a reformed EU
of biodiversity”. They will argue for budget to be given to developing countries
The Guide recognises that choice of
an international target of zero net to halt deforestation. They also plan to
paper is important in the environmental
deforestation by 2020; support a new make it a criminal offence under UK law for
impact of a printed product. It advises
system of payments to developing the import and possession of illegal timber.
“Green Printers” that they should
countries to enable them to reduce
be well informed on the relative
deforestation; and adopt at EU – or, if So whichever party wins on May 6, if they
environmental merits of different
necessary, at UK – level, a new law making deliver on their manifesto commitments this
papers so that they can advise their
it illegal to import or possess timber should spell the end for timber that cannot
customers and explains the chain of
produced illegally in foreign countries. be shown to be legal, on the UK market.
custody requirements for PEFC and
FSC as well as featuring the logos.
Labour has pledged to press for an EU
wide ban on illegally logged timber, but will
ban it domestically if this does not succeed.

Dual Certification for UK Forests

When forest management certification Scotland and Wales and some 500 evidence of legality and sustainability for
was first established in the UK, forests privately owned forest estates, including public sector timber procurement purposes.
were certified only to the FSC Standard. a number in Northern Ireland, managed
Dual certification will enable sellers of
However last month, PEFC was delighted through the Scottish Woodlands and UPM
timber and other forest products from
to announce that some one million Tilhill forest group certification schemes.
these certified forests to display the
hectares of UK forests had been awarded
Both PEFC and FSC use the UK Woodland PEFC logo as well as the logo of the
PEFC Forest Management certification,
Assurance Standard as the basis for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as an
by international Certification Body, SGS
certification in the UK and are recognised assurance that these products come from
Qualifor. The certification covers all the
by the Government’s Central Point of responsibly-managed forests.
Forestry Commission forests in England,
Expertise on Timber (CPET) as providing
The UK forestry industry, along with other
enterprises selling timber across Europe,
recognises that a number of buyers of
timber and other forest products are keen
to source PEFC-certified products and, in
some cases, buyers look for both PEFC
and FSC certification.

This is particularly the case for overseas

buyers looking to source UK timber. This
move to dual certification will now provide
industry in the UK with greater flexibility to
meet customers’ requirements for certified

Rob Shaw (left) of Scottish Woodlands and Peter Latham of PEFC


Ecobuild IPEX stand F230/U

In response to continuing strong demand This is the third consecutive year that This year PEFC will be exhibiting at IPEX
for PEFC-certified timber products, PEFC PEFC has exhibited at the show. With for the first time. This important trade show
was one of over 1,000 exhibitors at the interest from the construction industry billed as “the largest English-speaking
Ecobuild sustainable construction show in certified timber on the rise; this was global technology event for print, publishing
held at Earls Court, London last month. judged to be an ideal venue to showcase and media” is organised by IIR exhibitions
In response to the increasing number of the PEFC sustainable forest management and will be held at the NEC Birmingham
overseas visitors attracted to the show, this programme, the benefits of chain of from 18-25 May 2010. Visitors to the show
year we were joined on the stand by our custody certification and what certified are drawn from 159 countries with 40% of
colleagues from PEFC Germany and the timber suppliers could offer. visitors coming from outside the UK. The
Malaysian Timber Council. top ten visitor countries in 2006, when the
Despite a challenging economic climate show was last held, came from Germany
The show’s organisers, International for the UK construction industry, the event and The Netherlands.
Business Events, considered the exhibition was clearly very popular and the PEFC
to be the most successful yet with this team was kept very busy throughout the PEFC will be exhibiting in one of the 30
year’s event attracting 41,000 visitors– a three day show. We were so pleased with small exhibition pods in the Knowledge
20% increase from last year. the reception we had this year that we’ve Centre area, which will be located in Hall
already booked for 2011 when the show 11. If you are planning to visit the show,
moves to the ExCeL exhibition centre in stop by the stand and say hello.
Ecobuild 2010 London’s Docklands.
For free admission,
register in advance
at: www.cts-online.


In Touch with Timber

stand S15

PEFC will be sponsoring a TRADA one-

day continuous professional development
seminar; In Touch With Timber 2010. The
event is designed to inspire construction

DPA demands certified paper industry professionals to make the most of

timber, both structurally and aesthetically.
This year’s theme is ‘Innovations with
signed up to the Code of Practice to Timber’ and will focus on what has and can
The Data Publishers Association (DPA)
ensure that the paper used in directory be done with timber.
is the industry body representing data
and directory publishers in the UK. In production is sourced from sustainably
managed forests which are certified PEFC will be one of 25 sponsors offering
2009, it introduced a code of practice
under independent forestry certification an array of timber and timber-based
which specifies requirements for
schemes such as PEFC and FSC. building products and services which
managing the environmental impact of
will be exhibiting at the event. We will of
Business to Consumer printed directory course be there to promote the benefits of
production and distribution.
Sustainability_Code_of_Practice.pdf certified timber to delegates.

This Code of Practice focuses on the

For further details:
management of environmental aspects
relating to directory production and
distribution by setting environmental
aims. KCOM Group PLC, Thomson
Directories Ltd and Yell UK have all
Three new directors have recently joined the PEFC UK Board.


Julia Griffin brings welcome retail John Sanderson is Director, Global Rob Shaw’s appointment further
experience to the Board. Environmental Market Support for strengthens the existing forestry team
UPM Kymmene. on the PEFC UK Board.
A member of B&Q’s Social
Responsibility team, her specialist area He has worked exclusively for UPM Rob, a graduate of Aberdeen
of expertise is timber. Her role entails since graduating from the University of University, is currently QESM Manager
working with B&Q’s commercial, Wales with a degree in wood science for Scottish Woodlands. Between
quality assurance teams and suppliers and forestry over twenty years ago. 1999 and 2002 he was involved with
to monitor timber and forest products Increasing environmental focus and international certification consultancy
to ensure they meet the requirements concern from UPM’s customers has projects in Latvia, and Slovakia. In
of B&Q’s Timber Policy. Julia has led to an unprecedented increase in 2007, he was appointed SEQ &
been the resident timber expert demand for environmental education, Contracts Director and oversees the
in B&Q’s Social Responsibility commitment and performance from Utility and Landscaping Division in
team for almost five years and as suppliers. John’s current role aims to addition to Certification and Safety
a result, has first-hand experience address this market interest head on issues.
of the practicalities and challenges by educating customers and end users
associated with implementing and about the industry’s sustainability
adhering to a responsible timber credentials.
sourcing policy. FORTHCOMING EVENTS
In Touch with Timber
18 May 2010

CPET UPDATE Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre,

London. PEFC Stand S15
not allow social criteria to be part of a For further details visit
Earlier this month, CPET announced that
the Government Timber Procurement specification, but can only be included in IPEX 2010
Advice Note had been updated to include the contract performance clauses. 18-23 May 2010 NEC Birmingham
For further details visit
social criteria.
Over the coming months, CPET will PEFC International Stakeholder
Since the announcement of the inclusion be reviewing both the PEFC and FSC Dialogue
certification schemes to ensure that they 26 May 2010 Geneva
of social criteria by Hilary Benn at the
Further information and registration:
January 2010 Chatham House Illegal continue to ensure compliance with the
logging conference, Defra and CPET have UK government timber procurement policy.
CPET will also be amending both Category PEFC National Secretaries’ Meeting
been working to ensure that the inclusion
27-28 May 2010 Geneva
of social criteria in the application of the A and Category B evidence guidance to
UK Government timber procurement policy include social criteria and the new criteria PEFC UK Annual General Meeting
on ‘conversions’ and ‘governance’. 1 July 2010 London
is both effective and practical. There were
Further details sent to members in May
a number of challenges, not least due to
the fact that current interpretation of EU For further details visit PEFC General Assembly 2010 11-12 November 2010 Rio de Janeiro
procurement rules means that these do