Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes
No 27 - October 2005
IN THIS ISSUE
§ Nine countries in PEFC endorsement process § International floor manufacturer Junckers offers price premiums for PEFC certified timber § PEFC Prom otion Seminar in the Netherlands § PEFC certified fir wood receives high recognition in Japan § PEFC Council General Assembly § PEFC brochures available in Italian § PEFC Council Statistics § Belarus applies for PEFC Council membership § Reports from the PEFC National Member Countries § 5 million hectares certified to AFS § PEFC Germany awards Marketing Prize
Assessments for PEFC endorsement in full swing
The high standards of PEFC forest certification systems are ensured through a public , transparent and comprehensive revision and assessment process. Four systems are currently undergoing their periodic 5 -year re-assessment and six new systems are being assessed for the first time. Poland and Norway have submitted their forest certification systems for PEFC endorsement and re-endorsement respectively. External independent consultants will be selected shortly to assess the system. Lithuania has submitted its certification system for endorsement and the independent consultant Indufor Oy will start the assessment in due course. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Program from the USA is being assessed by ITS Global and has completed the public consultation period. Public consultation has been completed for the endorsement of the forest certification system from Estonia and the re-endorsement of the systems from Austria, Germany and Sweden. The assessment reports are being compiled and will be reviewed by the PEFC Council Board of Directors before the PEFC Council members vote on whether or not to endorse the systems. The PEFC Council Board of Directors has recommended the endorsement of Brazil’s CERFLOR certification system to the members of the PEFC Council and a postal ballot is currently under way. For d etailed information on the systems being assessed see www.pefc.org.
Higher prices for PEFC certified wood
Junckers, the international wooden floor producers based in Denmark, offer a price premium for certified material. This is reported in an article of the Nordic family forest owners association at www.nordicforestry.org. According to the report, the company wishes to increase its purchases of certified wood and offers a price premium of more than 3 Euros per ton of wood for certified material from PEFC and other certified forests. The report notes that Juckers is the first important Danish purchaser of roundwood that is offering a price premium for certification to forest owners. So far 13,000 hectares, equivalent to 3 % of Denmark’s forests are PEFC certified, making it the largest certification system in the country.
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No 27 – October 2005
PEFC Promotion Seminar in the Netherlands
PEFC is organizing a seminar for timber processing and timber trading companies on Tuesday, 18th October 2005 from 10:00 to 14:00 hours in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The seminar titled “How PEFC certification can help your business” will provide Dutch companies with the opportunity to explore the huge potential PEFC offers to produce and market PEFC certified timber based products. PEFC experts will speak on the features and advantages of PEFC certification and how companies and their customers can obtain benefits from PEFC certified products. Representatives from companies that are already PEFC certified will present why they chose PEFC certification. The seminar will conclude with a panel discussion, providing participants the possibility for detailed questions and answers. A limited number of places is still available for the event. The seminar will be in English and participation is free of charge. For more information and registration please contact: Mr Oliver Scholz , Communications Manager (for Seminar Information) or Mrs Ruth Colville , Office Manager (for Registration Information) at: PEFC Council Secretariat Tel. +352 26 25 90 59 Fax +352 26 25 92 58 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEFC certified fir wood gets high recognition in Japan
The Japanese “Association for Building Healthy Houses – Fir Wood House” organized a seminar on the use of fir wood at the University of Tokyo at the end of July 2005. President Mr Yuji Sato of Marusa Kogyo Ltd., the main importer of European fir wood to Japan, spoke on the “Effects of using fir as interior material” and presented successful examples of fir timber constructions in Japan. In a second presentation Professor Mitsuyoshi Yatagai from the University of Tokyo focussed on the positive features of fir wood, highlighting its excellent suitability for interior use. The use of PEFC certified wood was seen as an excellent choice by the speakers, as certification assured the balance between the sustainable use of forest resources and the protection of nature, thus underlining a concept of harmony between the natural world and human life. The aim of the “Association for Building Healthy Houses – Fir Wood House” is to propose new ways to improve the interior environment, which in today’s modern world often is influenced by chemical substances . The association also explores ways to use wood as a substitute for materials produced through industrial chemical technologies. The seminar was well received by the approximately 100 participants, among them members of the “Association for Building Healthy Houses”, companies of the Fir Wood Network, distributors, construction and building companies, as well as architects.
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No 27 – October 2005
PEFC brochures now available in Italian
The PEFC brochures are now also available in Italian and can be downloaded from the PEFC Council website www.pefc.org. The complete set of brochures is: 1. Promoting sustainable forest management – What does it mean to you ? 2. Sustainable forestry and forest certification – It’s what you sell that makes the difference 3. Responsible procurement of wood-based materials from sustainably managed forests – Why you need a chain of custody The brochures are available in 11 different languages: Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian Japanese, Russian and Swedish. In addition the brochure “Why you need a chain of custody” is also available in Spanish.
PEFC Council Statistics
Endorsed Chain of PEFC / certified forest Custody Countries area (ha) certificates Australia 5 157 003 1 Austria 3 924 000 290 Belgium 234 608 34 Canada 63 761 595 50 Chile 1 527 180 0 Czech Republic 1 944 560 206 Denmark 13 617 4 Finland 22 355 596 85 France 3 669 463 719 Germany 7 009 946 540 Italy 356 053 18 Japan 0 9 Latvia 37 860 14 Luxembourg 0 2 Netherlands 0 2 Norway 9 231 700 5 Portugal 50 012 1 Slovak Republic 0 2 Spain 370 093 35 Sweden 6 648 752 64 Switzerland 329 870 156 United Kingdom 9 125 93
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PEFC General Assembly
The next PEFC Council General Assembly will be held on 27 and 28 October 2005 in Brussels, Belgium. Delegations from the 30 PEFC member countries around the world, together with representatives from potential new members and international organisations involved in forest certification are expected to participate at the Assembly. Details of the event will be covered in a Special General Assembly Issue of the PEFC Council Newsletter in November.
The data above is updated on a monthly basis and can be found at the interactive database PEFC Statistics at http://www.pefc.org.
Belarus applies for PEFC Council membership
Belarus has applied for PEFC Council membership. The PEFC Council Board of Directors has recommended to the PEFC members to accept the application at the next PEFC Council General Assembly at the end of the month.
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No 27 – October 2005
Reports From The PEFC National Governing Bodies
In the following section PEFC member systems, both endorsed and those working towards endorsement, have the opportunity to present a brief report on the current state of play in their country. The views expressed he re are the views of the members and do not necessarily reflect the views of the PEFC Council
in that State, organised a workshop on CoC for its members in September 2005. The workshop not only inform ed timber processors of the background and current status of certification in Queensland, but also the steps involved in achieving CoC certification to enable delivery of certified products into their established or new markets.
Laser cut and turned Araucaria (Hoop pine)
Australian Forest Certification Scheme tops 5 million hectares
The latest organisation to be certified under the Australian Forest Certification S cheme (AFCS), DPI Forestry of Queensland, has more than doubled the certified forest area in Australia. Prior to the end of June 2005, the figure stood at 1.86 million hectares but on 4 July 2005, with the certification of DPI Forestry confirmed by DNV Certification P/L, the figure rose to 5.16 million hectares. A significant milestone as the AFCS’s first certification was in late 2003. DPI Forestry is the public forest management agency in Queensland charged with delivery of commercial operational aspects of sustainable forest management. It has native forests (eucalypt and cypress pine) and plantations (softwood and hardwood species), which are managed for multiple use benefits, services and forest products. This mix of forest types provides about 80 % of the raw material to Queensland’s wood utilisation industries. The remaining 20 % come from private property sources mainly native forests. Private plantations are being established but any commercial usage is some years down the track. With about 80 % of the available log input to various industries in Queensland having been certified, it is expected that chain of custody certification (CoC) will figure prominently in the Queensland market place for domestic and international customers. To this end, Timber Queensland, the peak timber industry association
(Photo courtesy of DPI Forestry)
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First Chain of Custody certificates issued after PEFC endorsement
PEFC Luxembourg is pleased to announce the endorsement of the Luxembourg Forest Certification Scheme by the PEFC Council on 15th August 2005. “This is the r esult of several years of work by a committed working group. I am very pleased about the endorsement of our scheme, which will allow the PEFC certification of the first Luxembourgish forests in the next weeks”, says Joseph Crochet, chairman of PEFC Luxembourg. Already two PEFC Chain of Custody (CoC) certificates have been issued in Luxembourg, a clear sign of the commitment of the companies for sustainable forest management. Due to the high percentage of wood exports to markets in Belgium, France and Germany, it is essential for Luxembourg’s companies to obtain a CoC certification to remain competitive and thereby strengthen their position in the regional markets. Contact: Michèle Thinnes Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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No 27 – October 2005
PEFC gaining pace in German paper sector
Paper merchant Antalis chooses PEFC After the first publishing house in Germany – the Gong Verlag - received a PEFC certificate, now the first German paper merchant - Antalis in Cologne - has been certified against the PEFC standard. By being a pioneer in the field of certification Antalis representatives expect a competitive advantage for the company. PEFC Marketing Award A marketing award was announced by PEFC Germany in May. The prize: a weekend in Munich including a visit to the National Garden Fair. Hubertus Ritter Kemski, a forest owner from North Eastern Germany, won the award for designing a PEFC sign for certified forests, stating “This forest is different: sustainably managed and certified. If you buy wood products look for the PEFC label.”
Gravenreuth, will continue to be a member of the German Forest Certification Council and the PEFC Council Board of Directors.
Marian Freiherr von Gravenreuth, Frank von Römer
Magazines using PEFC logo An increasing number of magazines are using the PEFC logo to demonstrate their commitment to responsible sourcing of paper. Latest example is the nationally renowned magazine “Ein Herz für Tiere”.
Two thirds of Germany forests PEFC certified
Hubertus Ritter Kemski, winner of the PEFC Germany Marketing Award, with his designed sign in his own forest
New PEFC Germany chairman elected PEFC Germany has a new chairman: the General Assembly on July 5th elected Frank von Römer as chairman. Until November 2004 Frank von Römer managed the forests of the town of Augsburg, one of the biggest community forests in Germany. The former chairman, Marian von
PEFC Germany topped the 7 million hectare threshold with the participation of the Bavarian forest owner Hans Fischer, who manages 19 hectares of family forest south-west of Munich. Now two thirds of the total German forest cover is PEFC certified belonging to 2,642 community forests, 3,018 private forests and 879 forestry associations with more than 210,000 members. Contact: Dirk Teegelbekkers Email: email@example.com
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No 27 – October 2005
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
SFI being assessed for PEFC endorsement In July, ITS Global was contracted by PEFC to perform the independent assessment of the SFI Standard for PEFC endorsement. Thus far, ITS Global has distributed a questionnaire to a number of SFI Program constituents on the standard setting process during the development of the 2005-2009 SFI Standard. To build upon the feedback from the questionnaire, a consultant from ITS Global will travel to the Sustainable Forestry Board (SFB) headquarters in Arlington, Virginia in order to conduct one on one interviews with selected individuals. ITS Global chose the individuals based on their involvement in the review and standard setting process and included SFI Program Participants, auditors, SFB and Resources Committee members, AF&PA staff, environmental stakeholders, American Tree Farm System representatives, External Review Panel members, labour union delegates and other outside stakeholders. UK Government releases results on SFI Concluding two years of work by the SFI program, the United Kingdom government concluded its assessment of the SFI program by fully accepting the program. This full acceptance makes SFI program participants eligible for preferential treatment in UK government contracts. Recent changes made to the SFI Standard, as well as the voluntary Chain of Custody and percent content labels were important in achieving a high rating. The assessment was designed to determine whether timber certified by the SFI program is from legal and sustainable sources. This ensures that the UK government will accept products made by SFI program participants. Without a favourable assessment, UK procurement officers would not have considered SFI products unless FSC or CSA products were unavailable. In addition to the
SFI program, timber from PEFC endorsed national forest certification schemes are also eligible for preferential treatment in UK government contracts. For more information contact Michael Virga at Michael_Virga@afandpa.org. 10th Annual SFI Progress Report released The SFI program is pleased to release the 10th Annual SFI Progress Report. It can be downloaded at www.abouterp.org. The SFI program has made great strides in its ten years of existence. Having started in 1995 as a voluntary code of conduct, the SFI program has developed into an internationally recognized, independently governed sustainable forest management system implemented on more than 150 million acres of forestland in the United States and Canada. Over the past decade, true to its founding ideal of “continuous improvement” the SFI program has undergone a number of changes that have brought it to the point, where its participants now represent 90% of the industrial timberland in the United States. More than 129 million acres in North America have been independently, third party certified to the SFI Standard, making it North America’s largest forest certification program. Factoring in program participants’ procurement systems and the vital activities of the SFI Implementation Committees, including landowner outreach and logger and forester training, the SFI program now affects the way forestry is practiced on nearly half a billion acres of North American forestland. Contact: Jason Metnick E-mail: Jason_Metnick@afandpa.org
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