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World First for London 2012 and Project Certification
As the countdown to this summer's iconic sporting event continues, the entire London 2012 Olympic Park development has achieved dual Project Certification from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) schemes for its timber usage —the first dual Project Certification in the world. This groundbreaking achievement in sustainable timber procurement has played a prominent role in helping the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) achieve its commitment of making the London 2012 Olympic Games the greenest games ever with 100% of wood products supplied certified as legal and sustainable. The project certification ceremony took place on 28 March at the Olympic Park Site with certificates presented to Dr. Peter Bonfield, Head of Construction Products at the ODA and Noah Bold, Park Operations Environment & Sustainability Manager, by the Soil Association. The development was audited by the Soil Association's Woodmark and is being hailed as a major achievement that is potentially destined to be a future model for timber procurement globally. The scheme also saw a unique and important partnership role played by both PEFC and FSC to make sure that the levels of legal and sustainable timber procured by the ODA achieved the highest possible target. Woodmark said the project was a 'world first' for certification of such a huge and complex site. Alun Watkins who heads up PEFC in the UK commented: "PEFC is delighted to have worked together with FSC to help make dual certification of this highly prestigious project possible. This is the first dual certified project in the world and we are proud that the UK has provided an example for others to follow in the future. We

congratulate the Olympic Delivery Authority on their decision to source only certified timber. This demonstrates a strong commitment to responsible timber procurement which will help to make London 2012 one of the most successful and greenest games ever." The Games' East London site comprises of seven major venues across the 246-hectare Olympic Park and needed to be managed on a daily basis for the thousands of timber products entering the site. The ambitious approach was driven forward by the establishment of the Timber Supplier Panel that embedded strict policy and procurement procedures and implemented a delivery management system that was forthright in policing and educating stakeholders and their supply chains about sustainable timber and unbroken chain of custody. Praising PEFC, FSC, the auditors, the timber industry, contractors and CLM (Olympic delivery partner) team managers for their efforts in achieving the target, Peter Bonfield, Head of Construction Products at the ODA added: "It is an outstanding outcome that really shows what can be achieved and it's a strong platform for the industry to build on. Now the question is – what are the industry and certification bodies going to do to take that across the rest of the country."

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ENDORSEMENTS & CONSULTATIONS The Future’s Looking Greener in Ireland
PEFC International was pleased to announce, in February, the endorsement of the Ireland Scheme for Sustainable Forest Management, which has become the first Irish forest certification system to gain global recognition. “Irish stakeholders have for years been engaged in the development of requirements and criteria for responsible forestry, yet it has been difficult to find consensus between the different interests,” explain William Merivale, Secretary General of PEFC Ireland. “This is why we are so proud to have been able to successfully establish a national standard, drafted in a multi-stakeholder, participatory process, and found to be in compliance with PEFC International’s globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks.” National forest certification systems that have developed standards in line with PEFC requirements can apply for endorsement by PEFC International. To achieve endorsement, they need to meet PEFC's Sustainability Benchmarks, which are based on broad societal consensus expressed in international, intergovernmental, multi-stakeholder processes and guidelines. Compliance is confirmed through third-party assessment of national requirements with the international benchmarks, with a global public consultation seeking input from stakeholders worldwide. The endorsement of the PEFC Irish standard coincides with private Irish forestry coming of age. Over the past 25 years 240,000 hectares of private woodland in the country has been established, and this considerable area of forest, planted in the 1980s and 1990s, is now reaching prime harvesting age. This will provide a huge increase in the private sector’s timber supply. With this potential increase in supply, the major panel and sawmills have expressed the view that private forest owners need to become certified as quickly as possible, and indicated that they were taking steps towards applying for PEFC certification. “With more and more companies and public sector organizations requiring certification as evidence for

sustainable sourcing, gaining international recognition through PEFC is a much needed development in support of the Irish forest sector,” emphasized Mr. Merivale.

Dutch Forest Certification System Seeks PEFC Endorsement
PEFC Netherlands has submitted the Dutch National Forest Certification Scheme for assessment against PEFC International's Sustainability Benchmarks. Stakeholders globally are invited to provide feedback on its compliance by 1 June 2012. The Dutch scheme was developed by the National PEFC Forum, an independent multistakeholder body to which representatives from a wide range of sectors including forest owners and industry, environmental and social organizations, and consumers were invited, over a period of three years. Subsequently, stakeholders were invited to comment in a national public consultation, and the standard was pilot tested in Spring 2011. Following the approval of the final documentation in a consensus-driven decision making process by the National PEFC Forum, the Dutch National Forest Certification Scheme was formally ratified by the PEFC Netherlands General Assembly in November 2011. "We believe that the Dutch standard best balances environmental, social and economic requirements, adapted to the specific circumstances of Dutch forest owners and managers," said Kees Boon, Chairman of PEFC Netherlands. "As one of the leading timber trading nations in Europe, we are looking forward to enabling Dutch forest owners to certify their sustainable forest management practice to PEFC's globally recognized requirements." The Dutch Forest Certification System is now subject to PEFC's stringent endorsement process. This includes an independent assessment that verifies the compliance of standards derived through national processes with PEFC's Sustainability Benchmarks, a global public stakeholder consultation period, and a Panel of Expert review before all members vote on the endorsement. The global stakeholder consultation is open until 1 June 2012.

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National Consultation on Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management
Australian Forestry Standard Limited (AFS Ltd) recently held the first public comment phase of the revision process of the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (AS 4708), from 19 March to 18 May 2012. The Standard Review Committee distributed the draft revised standard to a broad range of stakeholders in forest management seeking their comments. The Committee then sought additional public comment on the draft standard via two public comment periods. In addition to this first public comment period, a second period will be based on a revised draft and is scheduled to be undertaken from June to August 2012. "The Australian Forestry Standard is recognised as a world class standard and regular review and improvement is required to maintain this recognition," said the Chairman of the Standard Review Committee, Dr Paul Biggs. "The Committee is made up of a broad range of interested and affected stakeholders and they are keen to get public feedback on the draft Standard to compare with their own views on how the Standard can be further improved," he added. The Australian Forest Certification Scheme, of which AS4708 is a key component, is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). PEFC is the world's largest certification system for sustainable forest management and, as the only global forest certification system, requires and implements regular revisions of all endorsed standards every five years. PEFC's Sustainability Benchmarks have also continued to evolve in recent years and the Standard Review Committee has sought to ensure that the revised Australian Standard (AS4708) continues to be consistent with PEFC requirements. The intensive public participation plan for the project is fully engaging all stakeholders groups and interested parties within and connected to sustainable forestry and the supply chain of wood and wood products. Couple this with rigorous adherence to international processes and guidelines, as well as an emphasis on science and evidence, this review project will ensure that this internationally recognised Australian Standard continues to be regarded as the most credible and robust forest certification tool.

USGBC UPDATE USGBC’s LEED - Favouritism over Merit?
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), in its latest draft of LEED 2012, fails stakeholders globally and discriminates against millions of forest owners and companies committed to promoting sustainable forest management, by including a credit for certified wood that arbitrarily specifies “FSC or better”. “We are puzzled by this language, which does certainly not live up to the USGBC’s stated commitment to a ‘prosperous and sustainable future’ as it excludes the vast majority of green timber, timber originating from sustainably managed forests”, said Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General of PEFC International. “It is detrimental to global efforts to promote responsibly forestry and demonstrates a clear lack of leadership as the importance and value of certified timber as a building material is insufficiently recognised; instead USGBC appears to be catering to a vocal group of specialized interests.” Buildings are of fundamental importance in the climate change debate and account for almost 40% of the total CO2 emissions in the U.S.. Studies estimate that CO2 emissions for wood-based buildings are 20-50% lower than emissions associated with comparable steel or concrete based buildings. “We certainly believe that ‘FSC or better’ can only refer to PEFC, which is arguably the most assessed certification system globally and includes a number of unique features unmatched by any other certification system,” emphasized Mr. Gunneberg. “Yet we question the credibility of a process that arbitrarily prefers one brand over another, and does not provide any information about who is to decide what is ‘FSC or better’. It is also disrespectful to our colleagues in FSC, who will always wonder whether they are specified because of the quality of their work, or because of favouritism. ” “As a standards setting organization, PEFC is well aware that any standard/policy which uses language like “brand

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x or better”, without providing a rigorous scientific defence of its position, risks its credibility,” warns Mr. Gunneberg. “The discussion has moved on, and we encourage everyone to comment on the LEED draft and to send a clear message that the world can no longer afford to pander to specialized interest groups.” “Internationally, both PEFC and FSC acknowledge and appreciate that competition between our respective systems has been and continues to be good for the forest. We encourage USGBC and its stakeholders to do the same.”

• “Introducing Forest Certification to Indigenous People as a possible tool for Rights recognition” by Kadioan (Philippines) • “Promotion of CSA, CSA-PEFC Linkages, and Certified Products” by PEFC Canada (Canada) • “Forests, Keepers of Time. Dealing with historical, cultural and spiritual sites and structures in forests” by Stichting Probos (Netherlands). “We are also increasing our efforts to secure additional funding for future years, and are in the process of identifying potential sponsors to maintain and potentially increase funding availablility,” Ms. Price concluded.

INTERNATIONAL SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME PrintCity Alliance At Drupa: 28 World Leading Organizations & 2012 Update PEFC
The PEFC Collaboration Fund is a competitive, matching grants programme for PEFC members and partner organizations to promote sustainable forest management and forest certification around the world, providing funding of up to 40,000 CHF. The Fund’s objectives are to: stimulate new innovative approaches which contribute to PEFC International strategic priorities; provide co-funding that leverages funding from additional sources. act as a catalyst for locally relevant projects which embody PEFC International’s mission of ‘a world where people manage forests sustainably; encourage the establishment of new partnerships amongst organizations and/or the strengthening of existing partnerships; Proposals requesting a PEFC Collaboration Fund contribution of up to 40,000 CHF and with a project timeframe of up to two years are currently under consideration. Grantees must provide evidence of at least 35% additional co-funding from other sources towards the overall project budget. “We are thrilled so far with 2011’s projects, which are doing excellent work in quite different yet equally important areas”, emphasized Mrs. Price. In total, five initiatives received financial support through PEFC in 2011: • “Sustainable forest management & PEFC certification in Bosnia and Herzegovina private forests” by Eko Zona – Sipovo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) • “Forest group certification for small forest owners in the Netherlands” by the Ingenieursbureau Evan Buytendijk (Netherlands) The PrintCity Alliance had 28 world leading organizations, including PEFC, that participated in its Drupa 2012 exhibition activities. Under the headline PRINT: SEEN! LEAN & GREEN, the alliance featured four hot topic attractions to interest and inform visitors from around the world: Digital & Offset Printing – The Best of Both Worlds Tune-Up Your Web Press – Extending Web Printing Performance Value Added Printing & Packaging – Touch the Emotions and add new Functions Lean & Green Opportunities – Improving Economic & Environmental Performance PEFC representatives were at hand in the Lean & Green area to provide information for the print and graphics sector about the advantages of sourcing paper sustainably. To accommodate the needs of a diverse and international audience, representatives from six different national PEFC organizations, in addition to PEFC International, namely Austria, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, were present at the event to answer questions and provide in-depth information.

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PAM CPD Talk 2012: Certifying Timber Products to PEFC
The Malaysian Insitute of Architects (PAM - Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia) hosted a seminar on PEFC certification as part of its Continuing Professional Development activities. The seminar, which was open to all interested parties, took place in April at the National Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur. This event addressed the issue of timber certification and the rationale for its implementation. The Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) in Geneva – the world's largest certification programme. Sarah Price, PEFC's Head of Projects & Development, discussed standards used, forest areas and companies, and explained the recognition of MTCS. Also presenting was Mr. Harnarinder Singh of MTCC who delivered a paper entitled: "Certifying Malaysian Timber Products under PEFC System" and Michael Hermens, Managing Director of Malaysian-based APP Timber, specialising in imported certified timber and wood products. APP Timber also introduced a leading softwood supplier.

company owns the standard development functions and manages the elements of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS). The objects of AFS Ltd are to: • promote sustainable forest management of Australia's forests through an Australian Forestry Standard (AFS); • support and maintain the development of the AFS, and other related or complementary standards and processes which make up the AFCS; • maintain accreditation as a standards development organization; • support and facilitate the use of the AFS, and any related standards, for forestry certification within Australia; and • maintain mutual recognition for the AFS internationally through PEFC. The AFS Ltd Constitution provides that the Directors may appoint up to two persons as Independent Directors in addition to the Directors appointed by the Members of the Company. The Directors therefore call on members, stakeholders and interested parties to put forward nominations of candidates with the necessary qualifications and expertise to be an Independent Director of AFS Ltd. Nominations should be accompanied by any relevant information to substantiate the experience and expertise of the nominee along with evidence that the nominee would be willing to accept the position if selected. It should be noted that the Board of AFS Ltd does not determine the content of Standards. All Standards are developed by Committees made up of relevant expert representatives in accordance with Standards Australia procedures. The Board guides this process and ensures correct Standards development procedures are followed. AFS Ltd will meet all out-of-pocket expenses associated with Independent Director's attendance at Board meetings. There would generally be five Board meetings each year, three face-to-face and two via teleconference. AFS Ltd does not have the capacity to pay sitting fees or preparation time for any Directors.

NATIONAL AFS Seeks Additional Social and Environmental Expertise
AFS Ltd, the Australian Forestry Standard, is seeking to include Independent Directors who bring to the AFS Board additional expertise in environmental and social aspects of forest management and the supply of forest products. AFS Ltd is a standards development organization and a not for profit public company limited by guarantee. The

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France: PEFC Reaching Out to Consumers
PEFC France has launched a campaign aimed at increasing consumer awareness of PEFC and highlight the contribution that PEFC certified companies make to sustainable forest management. The campaign centres around the slogan “Choosing a PEFC product means choosing to respect the forest” (“Choisir un produit PEFC, c’est choisir de respecter la forêt”). The campaign features a shelf in a natural environment that shows harmony between man and the forest and is broadcast on traditional media outlets like print and television, and as well as three online initiatives: A special section on the PEFC France website providing accessible information on sustainable forest management and forest Video channels on Youtube and Dailymotion specifically to share existing resources on responsible forestry A contest on Facebook to encourage consumers to pay attention to the PEFC logo when buying wood-based products. The main prize: The shelf displayed on the poster. Developed by Paris-based La Fabrique du Design, the campaign is running in May and June and later in the year from September to October 2012 and will focus on two distinct market segments relevant to consumers: Design, decoration and DIY; and stationary and office supplies.

Rottenburg succeeds Augsburg, which carried the title of "Forest Capital" last year.

Located fifty miles south of Stuttgart, Rottenburg is one of the oldest settlements in the state and has a population of 42,000 people. Best known for its Cathedral, the Dom St Martin, which dates back to 1484, the Roman city of Rottenburg is one of the largest community forest owners in the southern German state of Baden Wurttemberg with a forest area of some 3,200 hectares. "Our city council and administration has a long history of supporting sustainable forest management and ensuring that the benefits our forests provide are maintained and enhanced for future generations. We initially achieved PEFC certification twelve years ago and have maintained it ever since, underlining the quality of our communal forestry policy," said Stephan Nader, Mayor of Rottenburg. To honour Rottenburg's achievement, PEFC Germany will award the city "Forest Capital 2012" later this year at the same time as PEFC Germany's General Assembly in early July.

Rottenburg Honoured as German "Forest Capital"
PEFC Germany has elected Rottenburg as the German "Forest Capital 2012", honouring the city for its commitment to sustainable forest management and its communication activities highlighting the benefits of responsible forestry and PEFC certification. The "Forest Capital" competition was initiated by PEFC Germany in 2011 in celebration of the International Year of Forests. This year, eight communities from across Germany participated, with the Eastern German city of Illmenau coming second, followed by the communities of Schotten in Hessen and Weiden in the Oberpfalz.

Spanish Electricity Market Benefits from PEFC-Certified Biomass
Electricity consumers in Spain are shortly to take advantage of renewable energy produced from PEFCcertified biomass. Valoriza Energía has recently obtained PEFC Chain of Custody certification for three of its plants in Andalusia with a combined capacity of 33.8 megawatts, sufficient to provide electricity to an equivalent of more than 23,000 households per year. Valoriza Energía, which is part of the Sacyr Vallehermoso Group, is committed to utilizing forest biomass in a responsible manner and obtained PEFC certification to

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demonstrate the sustainability of the high volume of biomass it procures. "We have noticed that energy companies are becoming increasingly interested in ensuring that the biomass they are using is PEFC-certified," said Michael Berger, Head of Technical Unit, PEFC International. "This is an important development: For forest biomass to be renewable, it must originate form forests that are managed sustainably." Forest biomass in electricity production decreases carbon emissions because the carbon in biomass is regarded as part of the natural carbon cycle: trees take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into biomass and released it back into the atmosphere when they decompose naturally or are burned for biomass production. "PEFC certification ensures that the forests from which the biomass originates are managed in a responsible manner, maintaining their capacity to deliver environmental, social and economic benefits," Mr. Berger emphasized.

PEFC UK also promoted their updated guidelines for Project Chain of Custody certification; suitable for projects from newbuild commercial and office buildings, to housing projects and renovation and refurbishment schemes, to virtually any work that involves wood. Alun Watkins, National Secretary of PEFC UK said: "Now is a good time to investigate the benefits of PEFC Project Chain of Custody certification. It is a process that is relatively easy to implement and enables Main Contractors and the Clients to take advantage of PEFC certification along with all of its sustainability credentials. The responsible sourcing of timber is high on the agenda for many companies and this offers a great way of making a bold statement about the environmental credentials of your project." To help understand the vast and complex resource of tropical timber, MTC provided information about Malaysia's sustainable forestry management methods. Visitors were also able to find out more about the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) and its work certifying Malaysian forests and raw materials, to provide a sustainable timber which is ideal for construction, decking, cladding and interior applications. Sheam Satkuru-Granzella, Director of MTC, based in London, said: "The challenges facing tropical forests have never been greater than in the last two years, and having obtained PEFC endorsement in 2009, the Malaysian Timber Certification System has had to prove even more that it is capable of supplying PEFC-certified timber and wood products. Despite the complexities that face tropical forests, Malaysia has proven that it can be done and we want to be publicly acknowledged for progress achieved to date. The Malaysian Timber Council has fully supported the Malaysian Timber Certification System as the credibility of the Malaysian industry and the independent national certification scheme goes hand in hand – one's success is also the success of the other." The SFI forest management standard was recently re-endorsed by

Certified Timber from Around the Globe
In March, PEFC UK joined forces with fellow members of PEFC’s global network, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC), and exhibited at Ecobuild 2012 to promote and educate visitors on a wide range of issues surrounding the supply of legal and sustainable timber into the UK market. Participating in the world's biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment enabled PEFC UK to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the supply of legal and sustainable timber into the UK market.

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PEFC and companies can certify to both the PEFC and SFI Chain of custody standards, both of which are accepted by the UK's Central Point of Expertise on Timber. "Green building and third-party forest certification grew up together as progressive and effective responses to global concerns about sustainable development – and the bond has never been stronger," said SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow. "SFI is proud to be part of PEFC's global network with national members in 34 countries who share our commitment to sustainable forest management." Ecobuild provides an excellent forum to engage with a broad range of stakeholders from across the timber and construction industry and PEFC have committed to next year's event.

timber and timber products will need to keep track of where they purchased from and where applicable,who they sold to. The Regulation will apply to everyone trading forest products in the EU, including paper, furniture and wood fuel, therefore bringing thousands of companies into its scope. Are you aware of the risks involved of not implementing or understanding your responsibilities behind the purchasing of sustainable wood products? Are you confident that you have the correct knowledge and expertise to deal with the introduction of this new legislation and what it means for your business and its supply chain? To highlight the responsibilities that UK industry needs to be fully aware of, PEFC UK has decided to make the theme of its inaugural stakeholder meeting – mitigating risk in the procurement of forest products. We have assembled a panel of knowledgeable, expert speakers from a number of industry sectors including timber, business consultancy, print and publishing and retailing to speak and share their experiences. The afternoon will conclude with a moderated panel discussion where delegates will have an opportunity to pose questions to our panel. This will be followed by a drinks reception to provide delegates with networking opportunities.

Invitation: PEFC UK Inaugural Stakeholder Meeting
PEFC UK, national member of PEFC International is pleased to invite all interested parties to the PEFC UK Inaugural Stakeholder Meeting entitled "Purchasing forest products: Reducing risk and increasing confidence". The event takes place on 26 June 2012 from 14:15-18:00 at the Auditorium of the Society of Chemical Industries at Belgrave Square, London. PEFC UK Inaugural Stakeholder Meeting
 Purchasing forest products: Reducing risk and increasing confidence
 Tuesday, 26 June 2012 - 14:15-18:00
Auditorium, Society of Chemical Industries - 14 Belgrave Square, London SW1 Register now! Forests contain some of the most valuable and biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. If they are to continue to deliver the full range of benefits that people and nature depend on, they need to be conserved and managed responsibly. Governments around the world are therefore introducing legislation to ensure that the products which come from them are legally sourced. In 2008, the US Government extended the Lacey Act to include forest products. In Europe, March 2013 will see the introduction of the EU Timber Regulation which imposes a requirement on companies first placing timber on the EU market to ensure that appropriate ‘due diligence’ systems are in place. Companies trading in

UK Contractors Send Strong Signal on Timber Choice
The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) has agreed a new statement on timber procurement and given a major boost to sustainable timber sourcing and supply for the UK construction industry. All timber products purchased for either temporary or permanent use on UKCG member sites will be certified as legally and sustainably sourced, as defined by the UK Government's Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET). CPET currently approves two certification schemes as providing evidence of legal and sustainable sourcing – FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC. PEFC acts as an umbrella organization recognising over 30 national schemes, including the North American Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Malaysian Timber Council System (MTCS) scheme. These are now all acceptable with the appropriate Chain of Custody documentation for UKCG use.

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This UKCG decision gives clear and transparent preference to products that demonstrate compliance with responsible sourcing schemes and certified by a third party. To maintain an unbroken Chain of Custody, all members of the UKCG will work to a common reporting method and provide documentary evidence, to demonstrate compliance with the stringent auditing process that PEFC certification provides. The statement comes 12 months ahead of the introduction of new EU regulations. The Illegal Timber Regulation (ITR) – now commonly called the EUTR – will apply to all Member States from the 3 March 2013 and will make it illegal to place timber and timber products which have been illegally-harvested at the point of origin on the EU market. Alun Watkins, National Secretary of PEFC UK, commented: "Green building is increasingly embraced by planners, architects and contractors in many countries. Leading green building rating systems from around the globe recognise the importance of certified timber including CASBEE in Japan, the Australian Green Star programme, Built Green in Canada and the US Green Building Initiative. We therefore applaud the UK Contractors Group for demonstrating industry leadership by opting to develop a responsible timber procurement policy". The announcement is made in the year of RIO+20 – the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. RIO+20 is taking place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). The main objective behind RIO+20 is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess world progress to date and address new and emerging challenges for green building and ethical trading. It will involve Heads of State, Government Ministers and many top-level representatives from across the globe. The UK is the fourth largest net importer of timber in the world. By developing and implementing a responsible timber procurement policy, the UK Contractors Group has

demonstrated a commitment to ensuring that the timber and wood-based products it uses comes from legal and sustainable sources. The UKCG policy now delivers a clear message that the procurement of legal and sustainable timber is an essential part of any supply chain and that the adoption of CPET guidance for its member's timber procurement procedures, enables them to tap into an inclusive, wide and diverse choice of material certified by the world's largest forest certification organization.

Fashion Retailer Zara's New York Store Furnished with PEFC Certified Wood
In March, global fashion brand Zara inaugurated its most sustainable shopping outlet to date in New York City.

Located on Manhattan's iconic 5th Avenue, the new shop spans more than 32,000 square feet, spread over three floors. As part of the company's long-term commitment to sustainability, the store includes a wide range of ecofriendly fixtures and fittings. All the wood fixtures and fittings – panels, changing room walls, shelves – used in the new shop are made from PEFC-certified wood ensuring that it comes from sustainably-managed forests. Its paper-based shopping bags also bear the PEFC seal while its plastic bags are biodegradable. The shop's brochures and catalogues will also be printed on certified paper. Other 'green' features of the shop include motion detectors in the store room which dim the lights by up to 80% when no-one is present; similar detectors are also

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installed in the toilets and corridors, leading to important savings in energy. Similarly, the shop's lighting will dim to 66% of its capacity outside of trading hours and during deliveries ensuring further savings. In addition to these features, the shop is equipped with efficient heating and air-conditioning systems and includes special thermostats to prevent energy spikes at times of heavy demand. Electronically-regulated curtains at the shop's entrances will prevent influxes of cold or hot air from outside, depending on the season. As a result of all these measures, it is predicted that the shop will consume 30% less energy per annum than a conventional shop, use 70% less water and prevent atmospheric emissions of more than 150 tons of CO2 per year. Zara is part of the Inditex Group of retailers that has developed a long-term strategy for sustainable development that includes measures for reducing energy consumption both in its products and in its retail outlets. In addition, as part of this strategy, the Group will seek to encourage environmental awareness and promote reuse and recycling of its paper and packaging. The design and outfitting of the new Zara retail outlet dovetails with the measures set out in the Inditex Group's Corporate Social Responsibility Strategic Environmental Plan for the 20112015 period.

For a product or products to qualify for Chain of Custody certification, all entities along the supply chain must be certified. Only then are companies eligible to use the PEFC label and logo on products and in product marketing to promote their responsible sourcing of material. While achieving Chain of Custody certification is an important milestone in efforts to encourage sustainable forest management and ethical practices, there are even greater benefits to be had both by forests and certified entities. PEFC's recent publication "Passing it Along: Communicating Chain of Custody to Suppliers and Customers" describes these benefits and offers detailed suggestions of how to communicate their certified status to customers and suppliers. The key benefits of Chain of Custody certification, such as acting as a selling point and creating market advantage, enhancing brand value, and demonstrating leadership both to customers and suppliers are also discussed. This document is an important resource for any entity contemplating or currently certified to PEFC's Chain of custody standard.

PUBLICATIONS Passing it Along: Communicating Chain of Custody to Suppliers and Customers
PEFC's Chain of Custody certification is a key component of the forest certification toolbox. While sustainable forest management certification is crucial to maintaining and enhancing the goods and services that forests provide, it does not bridge the link from forests to the market. That link is provided by Chain of Custody certification. PEFC's Chain of Custody certification is a mechanism outlining requirements for tracking certified material from sustainably managed forests to the final product. What sets it apart from other forest certification mechanisms is the inclusion in this standard of requirements protecting workers' fundamental social, health, and safety rights.

Sustainable Timber: A Guide to Procurement for the Public Sector
Officials and those engaged in sustainability in local governments and public institutions around the world know that sustainability is key in forward-looking procurement policies and activities the world over. It is an integral part of the role of the public sector to contribute to the aspirations of their constituency and to meet their needs within the limits of our planet. PEFC has accordingly created "Sustainable Timber: A Guide to Procurement for the Public Sector" to help these officials make the responsible choice in fostering the transition to more sustainable patterns of production and consumption. Key to this transition are the actions of local governments and public institutions, which are major consumers of a wide variety of products and services.

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CASE STORIES B&K Structures Provides PEFC Certified Timber to WiltshireBased Wellington Academy
Architects and contractors working on the extension of the Wiltshire-based Wellington Academy sought the services of building specialists B&K Structures and their PEFC certified timber to create a sustainable, environmentally friendly structure. The Wellington Academy is an institution for secondary education with 1,150 students aged 11 to 18 years. In addition to a 350-seat theatre, the Academy has business, enterprise, and design and technology facilities. It also has a separate boarding house constructed from highly engineered timber. In their decision about where to source the materials for this extension, Architects BDP and Contractors Kier Moss, sought the services of B&K Structures. This choice was driven by the fact that B&K Structures has developed products from sustainable PEFC-certified wood sources that take wood engineering to a whole new level. B&K Structures has integrated different materials to create new hybrid building materials, including cross laminated timber (xlam) and acoustic cassette floors. Thanks to the use of these materials in the building project, Wellington Academy will become an excellent example of sustainability within the education sector. Andrew Deeprose, Design Co-ordinator for Kier Moss comments: "The architects and the academy were keen to ensure the building would be environmentally friendly. So sustainability was a key consideration on this project, and it was important when looking at sub-contractors to combine this with competitive pricing." Giles Blight, Architect for BDP, who were employed by Kier, required a structure with the environmental benefits of sustainably sourced timber and the strength and integrity of steel, to be delivered on time and on budget. Combining all these attributes, the hybrid structure from B&K Structures was the ideal solution. In the academy building itself, the progressive design incorporates natural ventilation and maximises the use of engineered glulam beams and columns. In addition, an xlam roof forms the central hub space of the atrium.

The separate boarding house, meanwhile, features a timber frame, made from xlam structural walls and ceilings, and cassette floors. Together with this, exposed glulam structural feature columns support a steel cantilever to a glazed roof. In a three-storey boarding house facility such as this, where groups of students are regularly moving from room to room, noise reduction is an important consideration.

Explaining how the floors were installed, Giles Blight comments: "Due to their acoustic and insulation properties, the cassette floors were key to the design." Delivery took place on time, and while the overall job took longer than expected, B&K Structures was adept at ensuring that there was no knock-on effect from one zone to the next and the team was able to construct each area independently of the next. Located adjacent to the existing Wellington Academy, the new buildings will provide a modern replacement for the outdated facilities and meet the needs of future students and staff.

FACIT Homes Use PEFC Certified Timber
Proud house owners Nick and Veronika Garwolinski chose the Facit Homes system to create a home with PEFC certified timber at its very heart. In 2007, Nick and Veronika Garwolinski purchased a plot of land at auction. Keen to build the house of their dreams and one with solid environmental credentials, they turned to Facit Homes. Building company Facit Homes specializes in the creation of prefabricated wooden housing using sustainable PEFC certified timber.

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"It also meant the builders could give us a really accurate estimate of their time and labour costs. It is a very reliable construction method that I would recommend to others, and our builders certainly had no problems with it. It is so simple that I think I could have carried the panels onsite and put them together myself! We knew what pieces we needed: we knew what should go where. In fact, putting up the house was the easiest part of the build."

The company uses a software system to generate detailed 3D computer models for house plans. These are then transmitted to its workshops where a digital machine cuts timber panels, which are then assembled into cassettes that slot together to create the chassis of the house. These are supplied with holes into which insulation can be pumped, as well as casements. "By combining PEFC and FSC materials with our patented DProcess," says Facit Homes' Andrew Goodeve, "we provide our clients with a home that is high performance, but also has the lowest embodied energy possible. This means that a single Facit Home saves 47 tons of C02 compared to a typical masonry built home. This is the equivalent of heating the house for 103 years, or driving 19 times around the world in a Toyota Prius." "The system is really simple to use," says Veronika Garwolinski. "The timber cassettes are delivered to the construction site in batches, so storing them isn't an issue. All the pieces are numbered and they slot together easily, so if you can figure out which number goes where, you can work out what to do. Everything from the floor cassettes to the walls and roof cassettes went up extremely quickly. "I visited the site every few days and was struck by how much had changed each time. The house structure went up pretty quickly – it was a very smooth process. It took about three weeks from the screw pile foundations going in, to the roof cassettes and insulation being installed. Once the slate roofing was completed, the last thing we needed to work on externally was the cladding.

Finnish Cabinetmaker Creates PEFC-Certified Wooden iPad Cases
Just when it looked like the market for accessories for a certain well-known brand of electronic consumer goods may be saturated, Finnish cabinetmaker Petri Koivusipilä has come up with a new and innovative item to debunk the idea. Proving that the apple never falls far from the tree, he has created beautiful, custom-made wooden iPad cases. What is more, these and all his other products are now PEFC Chain of Custody certified! Based in Fiskar in southern Finland, cabinetmaker Petri Koivusipilä specializes in the creation and manufacture of innovative, bespoke wooden products. His products are made from oak, elm, linden, maple, and other timber species which he sources from Fiskars Laatupuu. Fiskars Laatupuu is a company which has been producing quality timber for cabinetmakers and other craftsmen in the village of Fiskars, a well-known centre of Finnish art and design, for several generations.

"It has been a very quick building process, and the Facit system certainly helped with this. Because it is so precise it has the added benefit that we knew exactly how much building materials were going to cost all along, there was no chance of a miscalculation.

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Most of the timber used in Koivusipilä's workshop is supplied from local forests. Each log is sawn individually to get the best result for cabinetmakers and carpenters. "Living in Fiskars offers huge advantages," says Koivusipilä, who has had his own specialist workshop in the village since 2005. "Just next door, 15 different native timber species are sawn into raw material for making furniture. It's easy to choose the correct material for each customer's needs." "This is truly local production. In addition to the more commonly supplied species such as birch and Scots pine, the forests at Fiskars provide several other hardwood species rare in other parts of Finland. They are sawn, dried and stored right next to our workshop!" A century ago, horse-drawn Fiskars ploughs were already being manufactured in the very buildings where Koivusipilä now produces custom-made wooden desks, chairs, kitchen and conference furnishings as well as innovative business gifts. These gifts include the recentlydesigned wooden iPad cases that are proving to be a particular hit. Petri Koivusipilä's operation is small, he only employs two people! His expertise lies in the creation of prototypes and demanding interior-design projects that he undertakes in collaboration with designers and architects both in Finland and abroad. Among the bespoke products that Koivusipilä has created include book cases and wardrobes for the Finnish Embassy in Algiers. Currently he is working with artist Ilona Rista to create a wooden relief wall that will be installed in the conference room of the Finnish Embassy in Paris. Responsibility attracts customers
Petri Koivusipilä has a long-standing commitment to sustainability. Last November, he was awarded PEFC Chain of Custody certification and currently all his products bear the PEFC logo as well as his company logo. "Established customers are familiar with our commitment to sustainability, but for new customers the presence on our products of the PEFC logo is an indication that we take our responsibilities seriously. Achieving Chain of Custody certification has been beneficial to our company, and the presence of the PEFC logo has even been a deciding factor in helping us win recent orders." Sustainability and aesthetics go hand in hand
Petri Koivusipilä's commitment to sustainability goes well beyond sourcing wood from sustainably managed

sources. Traditionally, sustainable development includes three pillars: social, ecological and economical sustainability. Koivusipilä adds a fourth pillar to this triumvirate: aesthetics and particularly the importance of design in the life-cycle of solid-wood products. "The life span of a piece of wooden furniture is hundreds of years. In order to match the expectations of future generations, furniture really must be aesthetically sustainable. The craftsmanship can be seen in the fine details but also in the design." Finnish media have recently "discovered" Koivusipilä and spread the word. Koivusipilä's products, especially chairs, have been highlighted on national TV and in several interior design magazines. A book presenting classic Finnish chairs will be published in May. The book focuses on Finnish classics from the early 20thcentury. It also features some potential future classics, including Koivusipilä's "MMerz design" stool. Who knows, perhaps the wooden iPad cases will also achieve iconic status!

Ground-Breaking Bridport House Built from PEFC Certified Spruce Wood
London-based Bridport House is a ground-breaking multistorey residential complex built from cross-laminated timber (CLT) sourced from PEFC-certified spruce forests of Central Europe. Why did you choose to get PEFC certified? Designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects and overseen by building contractors Willmott Dixon, Bridport House in the London Borough of Hackney is the first stage in plans to reinvigorate the Colville Estate, a 1950s housing project. Built from cross laminated timber, it is

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intended to replace an original 1950s building. Bridport House includes 41 new homes, housed in two adjoining buildings, respectively eight and five storeys high. The cross laminated timber is made from PEFC certified spruce wood supplied by the company Stora Enso Wood Products and sourced from its purpose-built factory with fully integrated sawmill at Bad St Leonard in Austria. Stora Enso Wood Products is a Scandinavian wood products and packaging company with head offices in Stockholm and Helsinki. The company is committed to environmental sustainability. In particular, it is committed to respecting all national forestry laws. It also supports local certification schemes which are independently audited by third party certification bodies, including PEFC. The raw material that went into the cross laminated timber (CLT) supplied for Bridport House was sourced from PEFC-certified central European forests. The Bridport House project has pushed the boundaries of timber engineering. This particular project is the first time that CLT has been used in the UK for the construction of an entire multi-storey structure, including the ground floor. In the past, although the material has been used in multi-storey constructions, until now, the ground floor has tended to be constructed from concrete.

Finally, in addition to the structure's PEFC credentials, the use of CLT also makes further environmental sense, thanks to its carbon sequestration properties. According to the contractors, Willmott Dixon's in-house sustainability consultancy, Re-Thinking, which has been working with Cambridge University's Centre for Sustainable Development, had the building been made using a conventional reinforced concrete frame, the materials required would have incurred an additional 892 tonnes of carbon. This is equivalent to 12 years of operational energy required to heat and light all the dwellings at Bridport House. When the sequestered carbon locked up in this 1,576m3 timber structure is added to the carbon avoided, the total figure is 2,113 tonnes of carbon: equivalent to 29 years of operational energy. Put another way, with 20% renewable energy, it would take 144 years to save the same amount of carbon.

Leading European Paper Distributor Takes Stock of Certification
The Antalis Group is the European leader and fourth largest distributer of paper, printing supplies and packaging in the world. The company is present in 53 countries and has more than 230,000 clients, comprised mainly of companies and printers. Michel Migeot, Director of Marketing and Sustainable Development at Antalis France takes stock of four years of PEFC certification. Why have you chosen to implement PEFC certification? We obtained PEFC certification in December 2007 in response to client expectations and increasing requests for assurances about the origins of paper fibre. The Antalis Group supports all initiatives intended to promote sustainability efforts within the paper sector. How did you implement PECF Chain of Custody certification?

This particular project has clearly demonstrated the advantages of using CLT for buildings. CLT is lightweight (one of the key criteria for this project), it can be assembled very rapidly and above all, it has important carbon sequestration properties. The issue of weight was an important consideration in light of the fact that the site on which Bridport House is located has a storm relief sewer running northwest to southeast directly beneath it making it unsuitable for a traditional heavy concrete frame structure. The structure has been designed so that the load-bearing CLT panels, which have line loads as opposed to point loads, are placed in a variety of positions on each floor, thereby spreading the load. This has also made it possible to double the size of the structure with an overall increase in the weight of only 10%. In addition, construction of the structure took 10 weeks, making it considerably faster than the time required for a structure with a conventional concrete frame for which construction time is estimated at around 21 weeks.

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The implementation of PEFC Chain of Custody certification took place over a four-month period and involved three members of staff who devoted part of their time to its roll-out. I was involved, along with another member of the marketing team. The Head of Logistics also participated in gaining Chain of Custody certification. Indeed, logistics are an important part of what we do and therefore a crucial element in PEFC Chain of Custody. Antalis chose to focus on key staff members and to train them in the new practices required. The company was able to adapt easily to the requirements for PEFC Chain of Custody certification, and our IT system was modified to integrate the tracing of certified material throughout the Chain of Custody. What are the main commercial benefits of PEFC certification? Demand for PEFC certified paper is increasing. Today, most printers are PEFC certified. PEFC certification therefore gives us a market advantage. Certified paper currently accounts for 70% of what we offer. How was PEFC certification received internally by the company? Certification allowed us to mobilize our workforce and is a source of great pride for our staff. Three to four years ago, deforestation was a very important concern for the paper industry. Thanks to certification, we have been able to put in place a credible and verifiable system that offers assurances about the sustainable source of our paper. This could only meet with the approval of our workforce!

Dunfermline store, the local authorities responsible for delivering planning permission asked that the store have a curved roof to ensure that it blended in better with the local environment. In light of this challenge, building contractors B&K Structures, who were responsible for the project, approached Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE) with a request that they supply the roofing structure. DTE was the first UK manufacturer of roof trusses and engineered floors to be PEFC certified. All DTE products are made using legal and sustainably sourced timber, making the company purveyors of one of the most environmentally-sound standard building materials. The use of certified timber can significantly reduce the environmental impact of construction. Timber roof trusses, in particular, use 40-50% less timber than traditional cut roofs, which not only reduces their environmental impact, but makes them lighter as well as strong. PEFC certified timber roof trusses are an ideal roofing solution offering sustainability, speed, costeffectiveness and design flexibility. The roof trusses were prefabricated offsite at DTE's Buckhaven factory and then delivered to the site where they were lifted into place quickly and cleanly. Forty-four barrel-vaulted trusses with 14 metre spans, and two barrel-vaulted spandrel panels were lifted into position by crane, and braced with 22 x 100 PEFC certified timber. The spandrels were then lowered into place at both gable ends, creating a finished product straight away. The building process began on the Monday, and the roof was wind proof and watertight by the following Friday. Although two weeks had been set aside in the planning for the roof, DTE was able to complete the roof in just one week. One of the key benefits of using certified timber roof trusses is the speed of construction: this project

Roof of Tesco Express' Dunfermline Store from PEFC Certified Wood
PEFC certified materials are being increasingly used throughout Europe for large-scale construction projects. A recent example is the use of PEFC certified wood for the roof of the new Tesco Express store in Dunfermline, Scotland. In a departure from normal practice, the new Tesco Express store in Dunfermline has a curved wooden roof. This is a first for the UK retail organization. Usually, Tesco Express stores come as a prefabricated unit with a flat roof that is assembled on site. In the case of the new

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offered a clear demonstration of just how quickly the building process can be completed, even for a complex roof. This also resulted in savings of time and money for the contractor. Managing Director of Donaldson Timber Engineering, Jonathan Fellingham said: "This was a brilliant project for us. It was an unusual contract because a curved roof is not something you see very often, so it was incredibly interesting to work on. There were a number of challenging aspects to the job, such as the curved trusses and spandrels; and the wide spans of the trusses, but the beauty of timber trusses is that they can be precision engineered to meet very specific design needs."

on competitors. Heritage's certified status allowed the company to attract new customers for its products. It has also helped secure client loyalty: those who have opted to purchase from Heritage on account of its certified status have remained solidly with the company. Importantly, Heritage Envelopes' certified status has enabled the company to be in compliance with PAS 2020. This is a voluntary standard developed by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) in the UK. DMA members are responsible for many of the advertising mail shots and flyers that are delivered with everyday household and company mail. The volume of paper distributed by DMA members led to DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) requesting the DMA to take measures to implement a more responsible and sustainable approach to marketing activities. The result was PAS 2020. The standard establishes environmental objectives and indicators for different environmental aspects of direct marketing campaigns. PAS 2020 is recognized by the Royal Mail, the UK's postal service. Companies that meet the standard qualify for a discount with the Royal Mail not just for standard mail and large-scale mailings, but also courier services. Among the criteria is a requirement that envelopes and inserts used for direct marketing campaigns must be certified by a recognized standard, including PEFC. Heritage Envelopes' PEFC-certified status has enabled it to be one of the first to work closely with the Royal Mail to achieve both Responsible and Sustainable Mail discounts for their customers. This has yielded several benefits for the company, not least by helping to attract customers and users, grow the business and retain client loyalty.

Sealed with a Commitment to Sustainability: Heritage Envelopes UK is PEFC Certified
Lancashire-based Heritage Envelopes was the UK's first manufacturer of envelopes to achieve PEFC certification in 2006. Today, the company, which produces more than 2 billion envelopes a year, is at the forefront of the industry's environmental sustainability efforts. Founded some 25 years ago, Heritage Envelopes is the UK's largest bespoke manufacturer of envelopes. Based in Blackburn, in the north-west of England, the company produces envelopes for business and private use. Its products are and have been used by retail outlets, mail order firms and banks, including NatWest that has used Heritage envelopes to send monthly bank statements to its clients. Concerns about sustainability are an important part of Heritage's philosophy. The company first sought to achieve certification towards the end of 2005 and became PEFC certified in the February of the following year. Currently, it purchases about 20,000 tonnes of paper every year, much of it from Finland which has a long tradition of sustainable forestry. Some 15-16,000 tonnes of the paper used by Heritage are PEFC-certified. While the decision to seek certification was motivated in the first instance by concerns for the environment, it was also a response to commercial reality. At that time, no other large-scale envelope manufacturer in the UK had achieved certification. As customer demand for certified products increased, becoming certified was an opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and steal a march

Heritage Envelopes' commitment to sustainability does not stop there. The company has ISO 14001 certification and has measured the carbon footprint of the business to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard. Heritage Envelopes is now working on a mechanism to measure the carbon footprint of its products.

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