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Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification

Caring for our forests globally and locally

Newsletter July 2019 • Issue 53

Forests for Fashion

IN MAY, many of the UK’s leading high street retailers attended our Other highlights
first event for the fashion sector in London. The event was sponsored included Liesl
by AB Packaging Group, a leading supplier of environmentally friendly Truscott from the
shopping/carrier bags to the global retail sector. Textile Exchange
who explained
During the event, industry specialists discussed new technologies organic cotton’s
which use wood fibres to produce yarn for recyclable, renewable and transformation
biodegradable textiles. Keynote speaker, Leonie Meier, from UNECE journey and Susanna Garment made from PEFC-Certified
material, by Spanish Designer
FAO’s Forestry & Timber Section, illustrated how the fashion industry Koelbin from Eastman Maria Lafuente

could improve its social and environmental performance by aligning Naia, who illustrated the route
with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Tamsin Lejeune, Founder from responsibly-sourced wood to sustainable cellulosic yarn. The role
and CEO of the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) and Common Objective that sustainable forestry can play in providing tools for responsible
(CO), moderated the event. She advised that CO’s research showed producers, fashion brands, retailers and consumers to make us all better
that fashion promoted as sustainable and ethical, currently amounts dressed is huge. At present, only 7% of textiles are produced from wood
to less than 1% of the current UK retail offering. If fashion were a fibres but this is expected to grow by 30% by 2023. Further information
country it would be the world’s fourth largest CO2 emitter. on this event can be found at:

PEFC Treehouse Stars at Chelsea

A LUXURY treehouse made from PEFC- to assemble and build the interior deck. The
certified timber was one of the star attractions garden in which the treehouse was located
at London’s famous RHS Chelsea Flower was a high-profile space, co-designed by
Show. It was designed to illustrate the show’s HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who chose
theme of ‘Back to Nature’. Award winning an informal planting design to encourage
treehouse designer and manufacturer Blue children and families to spend quality time
Forest, constructed the building using 500m outdoors and reconnect with nature. After the
of PEFC-certified Western Red Cedar cladding show closed, the treehouse was dismantled
in five individual sections. Each section was and moved to its permanent home – The
transported from the factory to the Royal Chewton Hotel in Hampshire – where it is sure
Hospital showground, where it took nine days to prove popular with visitors of all ages.

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2019 Annual Stakeholder Meeting
OUR Annual Stakeholder Meeting will be held is in high demand. Tom Hallam from
in London on Thursday 3rd October. The theme Billerudkorsnäs will showcase some of the
of this year’s event will be how forests can latest environmentally friendly, paper-based,
provide new solutions to current challenges. packaging products designed to replace
The keynote speaker will be Kai Lintunen, single use plastics.
Head of International Communications at
the Finnish Forest Association. Kai will be When it comes to growing the global certified
talking about the forest bio economy and new forest area, one of the most challenging
solutions such as bio diesel from pine oil as a issues that certification faces is how to
replacement for fossil fuels and a co-product make certification more affordable for small
of pulp production that might well provide an forest owners, particularly in the developing
alternative to antibiotics in the future. world. PEFC International’s Rémi Sournier, Kai Lintunen
© Finnish Forest Association
will present some of the projects PEFC has
One of the most pressing environmental invested in to help find solutions that both assessing the organisation’s progress to date
problems facing the world today is the improve forest health and smallholder access and looking to the future to see where the
tons of plastic waste floating in our oceans, to certification. next 20 years might take us.
lakes, and rivers and piling up in landfill
sites. With the public increasingly rejecting Finally, as 2019 is the 20th Anniversary To register for this event visit:
single use plastics, alternative packaging of PEFC’s formation, Alun Watkins will be

2019 Construction Field Trip

IN JUNE, the Crown Estate’s South Forest in Participants were able to witness timber The afternoon session was chaired by
Windsor Great Park was the main location for harvesting in action by observing pre-commercial PEFC Director Steve Cook. Soil Association
PEFC UK’s second field trip for the construction thinning. They were briefed by Crown Estate’s auditor, Robin Walter explained what
sector. The visit aimed to demonstrate the Chief Forester John Deakin, on the steps taken auditors were looking for when they
link between certified forests and sustainable to ensure that the South Forest section of the were conducting a sustainable forest
construction. Participants were able to learn 6,000-hectare Windsor Estate, is sustainably- management audit. The construction
more about the importance of certification managed. He also explained how the forest met sector’s Charlie Law described the steps
and how the construction sector can support PEFC’s sustainable forest management criteria on being taken to drive growth in responsible
responsible producers and ultimately the land management, accessibility for recreational sourcing along the supply chain.
world’s woodlands and forests, through their users, wildlife and bio-diversity promotion and its Participants were drawn from 20 of the
procurement choices. long-term tree replanting strategy. UK’s leading construction companies.

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Forest Holidays National
Expo 2019

FOR A summer break with a difference, what minimised. It also enables rainwater to run
could be more relaxing than staying in an idyllic off naturally into the forest floor.
location deep in the heart of Britain’s forests.
New PEFC certificate holder, Forest Holidays, In the 45 years since Forest Holidays’ first
offer holiday accommodation which is situated cabins were created, the company has IN MAY, PEFC’s construction consultant
on 10 sites in beautiful corners of the UK’s constantly sought innovative ways to Charlie Law, delivered PEFC’s Responsible
forests. These forests are managed by Forestry further improve their design features and Timber CPD at the National Construction
England, Forestry and Land Scotland and how they are integrated to work with the Expo which was held at the Milton
Natural Resources Wales (regional successors surrounding natural environment. Its most Keynes Arena. Charlie, has worked in the
to the Forestry Commission). They are certified recent development in Beddgelert, North construction sector for over 30 years,
to the UK Woodland Assurance Standard,which Wales, has been built to BREEAM Excellent and has extensive industry knowledge.
is recognised by PEFC. standards. The new generation of cabins The conference brought together over
are constructed from PEFC certified timber, 2,000 delegates from a broad range of
A pioneering design is used to produce the have appropriate insulation and glazing, sectors including architects, developers
company’s modular timber cabins. These are and incorporate a variety of eco-friendly and contractors. The event aimed to
then carefully assembled between the trees features such as a rainwater harvesting, and stimulate debate, enrich knowledge
and raised on steel piles, placed vertically low energy appliances and light bulbs. and connect stakeholders involved
into the ground. This design ensures that in the finance, design, construction
the forest floor is protected and that nearby For more information visit: and management of UK buildings,
trees are unaffected and soil movement is infrastructure and industrial projects.

The Responsible Timber CPD has been

developed to help architects, building
designers and others specifying timber

2019 Annual for their projects, learn more about

Report Published
responsible timber procurement and
Chain of Custody certification. It is
accredited by the CPD Accreditation
THIS YEAR’S Annual Report has now been Service.
published. It can be downloaded from the
website at: If you would like to find out more about
this free CPD, please e-mail:
Printed copies can be requested by e-mailing: PEFC ANNUAL
REPORT 2019 PEFC/16-01-01

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Myanmar Becomes PEFC’s 51st Member
LAST MONTH, the PEFC family were delighted phase one of the Myanmar Timber Legality
to welcome the Myanmar Forest Certification Assurance System (MTLAS). Forest certification
Committee (MFCC) as our 51st national member. and sustainable forest management are of
PEFC is collaborating with MFCC on a three-year particular importance in Myanmar. In the last
project as Myanmar transitions towards the thirty years, forest cover has fallen from 60%
sustainable management of its forests. Forest to 40%. This is largely as a result of military
resources have an enormous value for the people rule, when forests were managed for a short-
in Myanmar. With the majority of the population term economic return, rather than long-term
living below the poverty line, they are heavily sustainability. More and more countries in Asia
dependent on forests to meet their basic needs. are recognising the value of becoming part of
The project is co-funded by the Prince Albert II PEFC’s global alliance. In June, Vietnam also
of Monaco Foundation. MFCC aims to establish joined PEFC as a member while in the same
a national forest certification system in line with month, Thailand’s national forest certification
PEFC requirements in the coming years. The system was endorsed by PEFC. For more
organisation launched Myanmar’s third-party information about PEFC’s work in Asia visit:
timber certification system in August 2018 as

Annual Stakeholder Meeting
3 October 2019
NCVO Offices,

Lockerbie Field Trip


IN MAY, James Jones & Sons and Scottish to improve business resilience. Delegates, drawn
Woodlands once again hosted our annual field from the UK forestry and primary processing
trip to the Scottish borders. This year, the meeting sectors, also contributed to a lively discussion on
aimed to give participants a better understanding Forest and Chain of Custody Certification and the
of the UK Sustainable Forest Management/Chain challenges, benefits and business opportunities
of Custody dual certification process. It was also dual certification presents. James Jones, one of
designed to explore how the supply chain could Britain’s leading sawmills, announced that from
be simplified and made more flexible, in terms of 1st January 2020, they would aim to offer all their
paperwork, claims and volume control, in order products with dual PEFC-FSC certification.


PEFC UK Executive Director PEFC UK Communications & Marketing Director
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Please call Alun for all general enquiries and queries about Chain of Custody and use of the PEFC logo.

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