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Newsletter January 2018 • Issue 47

2018 Surface Design Show

PEFC-CERTIFIED, cross laminated timber
(CLT) is at the heart of a project which was
featured in the latest series of Channel 4’s
Grand Designs. The County Down Barn is
a contemporary take on a traditional barn
conversion. It is formed of a one-storey CLT
Micah Jones
structure installed above a restored stone
agricultural building. Built on a limited budget
and timescale and located on a tight site with
stunning views across the Mourne Hills of
County Down, architect Micah Jones used
a complementary material palette of CLT,
stone and concrete to produce an elegant, yet
comfortable and robust family home.

There were several reasons CLT was specified was looking for and the material’s high-quality Mason will be on the main stage with Micah
including the material’s excellent thermal and finish which was important because internally Jones at the 2018 Surface Design Show on
airtightness performance – a major benefit the CLT has been left exposed throughout. Wednesday 7 February. You can register for the
as all the insulation on the house is external. show at:
Other key considerations were CLT’s structural The certified CLT used for the project was For more information on the Surface Design
ability to achieve the clean, long spans Micah supplied by Stora Enso UK. Stora’s Gareth Show visit:

February Stakeholder Seminars

WE still have a few places available at our These half day seminars will cover a Key personnel from certified companies
forthcoming stakeholder meetings which range of topics including Sustainable such as Chain of Custody administrators,
will take place in London on Tuesday 6th Forest Management, Chain of Custody marketing and sales are invited to join us.
February and Newcastle on Tuesday certification, the use of the PEFC label and For further details of both events visit:
13th February. market drivers for certified forest products.

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Manufacturing by Design

New Videos
Photo courtesy of Manufacturing by Design
from PEFC
BERKHAMSTED based manufacturers found in a wide range of environments IN a bid to highlight the importance of the
of specialist joinery, Manufacturing By where form and function are important world’s forests and the crucial role forest
Design, have recently obtained PEFC chain including reception areas, executive certification plays in their conservation, PEFC
of custody certification. Certification to a board rooms, restaurants and high-end International launched three new videos
programme such as PEFC’s enables them to residences. Their dedicated team work during PEFC Week in Helsinki.
provide their customers with assurances of closely with architects, designers and
responsible sourcing. contractors to deliver quality and innovative These short videos entitled Using wood is
projects throughout the UK and around the good but let’s make it certified, How can we
Established in 1992, Manufacturing By world. best protect our forests? PEFC certification
Design is a leader in individually designed, and Forests are under threat: use them or
hand-crafted, bespoke furniture and For further information visit. lose them can be found on the PEFC UK
architectural joinery. Their work can be website:

London-based Forester
Joins PEFC Board
IN November, PEFC held its 22nd General Gerald is Managing Director at
Assembly in Helsinki, Finland. At the Umweltdachverband, an umbrella
culmination of the event, representatives from organisation of 35 Austrian environmental
nature conservation, tropical forestry and the organisations. He was previously Managing
forest industry were elected on to the Board of Director of Birdlife Austria and has also He currently
PEFC International. Alongside two returning worked for WWF Austria, serving as a WWF heads up the Ghana Forestry Commission’s
Board members, Riikka Joukio (representing representative on several advisory boards and London Office. He is involved in articulating
the forest industry and processing sector) business partnerships. Ghana’s policies on issues such as timber trade,
and Hervé Le Bouler (representing the forest sustainability, timber legality (especially
conservation sector), two new board members Nurudeen is a professional forester, forest FLEGT licensing). He was Chairperson for the
were appointed. Gerald Pfiffinger and Mohd geneticist and forest resource analyst with ITTO Committee on Reforestation and Forest
Nurudeen Iddrisu. over twenty years’ experience in the field. Management from 2015-2016.

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Sarawak opts for Certification under
Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme
mandatory forest certification in Sarawak, development of the country, it is imperative
Malaysia. The announcement was made that Malaysia is able to demonstrate its
by Sarawak’s Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk forest sustainability credentials through
Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, at the State certification.
Timber concessions in Sarawak will be
Yong Teng Koon, who heads MTCC, welcomed required to obtain forest management
the development noting that forest certification under the Malaysian Timber
certification was an important instrument Certification Scheme (MTCS) to demonstrate
to promote and verify the implementation that they are responsibly managed.
of sustainable forest management in order
to safeguard environmental, social and The MTCS which sets the requirements for
IN November, the Malaysian Timber economic benefits. He also noted that as sustainable forest management certification
Certification Council (MTCC) welcomed forestry and timber industries contributed in Malaysia, was the first Asian scheme to be
a move by the state government for significantly towards the socio-economic endorsed by PEFC Council.

Notification Fees
PEFC Logo on Greggs Held for Third Year
Christmas Cups AT its final meeting in 2017, the PEFC UK Board recognised that for
many certified companies, trading conditions remain challenging. It
IN December, Christmas-themed coffee cups carrying the PEFC label was therefore unanimously agreed that the annual notification fees
began to appear in Greggs’ 1,800 high street outlets. levied by PEFC UK, would remain at their current rates for the third
year in succession.
Greggs sells more than 1 million cups of Fairtrade coffee a week so
this should help grow awareness of the PEFC’s distinctive “Two Trees” There will therefore be no increase in notification fees for either UK
label. The PEFC logo appears on thousands of wood-based products Chain of Custody or Forest Management certificate holders in 2018.
around the world, providing consumers with assurances of responsible
wood products sourcing. We wish all our members a happy and prosperous New Year.

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Silentnight Wins Furniture Makers’ Company Award
IN October, The Furniture Makers’ Company named leading UK bed Welcoming the award, Silentnight’s marketing Director, Nick Booth
manufacturer Silentnight as the winner of its 2017 Sustainability commented: “As a leader in the industry, Silentnight has put a great
Award. Harrison Spinks, Herman Miller and Senator International were deal of work into various sustainability projects over the last few
all shortlisted. years. To win the award and receive recognition for these investments
is just fantastic”.
The Award recognises sustainability developments in companies
which manufacture furniture and furnishings. The Award criteria were
developed by the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP)
which is administered by the Furniture Industry Research Association

Entries were judged by a panel of industry experts, chaired by Rupert

Senior, Chairman of The Furniture Makers’ Company. The judging
panel also included PEFC UK’s Executive Director, Alun Watkins, FIRA
General Manager Phil Reynolds, environmental advisor Alan Marshall
and FIRA’s sustainability consultant, Stuart Cochrane, FIRA. The panel
were impressed that Silentnight had embedded sustainability firmly
within the company’s culture. PEFC’s Executive Director was a member of the judging panel

PEFC UK Stakeholder Seminar
6th February 2018
NCVO, London

Changes to PEFC’s Group Certification Standard Surface Design Show 2018

7th February 2018
WOULD you like to give your feedback as we If you’d like to have your say, then register Business Design Centre, London
revise our standard for group certification? for one of our webinars which will take
Group certification is the mechanism through place Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th
which groups of small-forest landholders can February. Participation is limited to 100 PEFC UK Stakeholder Seminar
organise themselves, pool their resources and participants per webinar, so early registration 13th February 2018
work together to achieve certification. This is recommended. Further details of both Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle
makes certification more accessible for small- seminars are available at:
forest owners.


PEFC UK Executive Director PEFC UK Communications & Marketing Director
 /  0114 307 2334  /  01689 819902
Please call Alun for all general enquiries and queries about Chain of Custody and use of the PEFC logo.

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