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FSC opens consultation on voluntary Carbon Footprint Procedure

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has invited all its stakeholders to join a consultation - running from 29 November 2016 to 10 January 2017 - on the possible introduction of a voluntary FSC Carbon Footprint Procedure.

This procedure would assist FSC certificate holders in quantifying the greenhouse gas emissions and climate benefits related to FSC-certified materials and products. The tool would be for voluntary use by certificate holders and only be mandatory when a certificate holder is making a claim about the carbon footprint of an FSC-labelled product.

Through the consultation, FSC aims to get an indication of the support for and interest in such an instrument, and any possible concerns among FSC members and stakeholders. 

"Carbon footprinting is likely to become an important tool to reduce the climate impacts of production and consumption patterns worldwide", explains FSC in a note. "It is already required for biomass energy as part of national renewable energy promotion policies. It can also be relevant for other products, for example for decision-making on what construction materials to use, or what materials to use for producing furniture, packaging, etc." 

"However, it is not a case of ‘all wood is good’ – it is important to distinguish wood originating from deforestation or badly managed forests from that originating from sustainably managed forests such as those certified by FSC. The FSC method would be unique in properly including the forest impacts of harvesting as part of a carbon footprint of a product, resulting in more accurate information to support sound policies and decisions."

The procedure will be linked to the FSC Chain of Custody Standard and will build upon the framework currently being developed on the impact of forest stewardship on ecosystem services. 

All information – including links to the survey, the consultation draft, and the comments form – can be found here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/fsc-opens-consultation-voluntary-carbon-footprint-procedure]

FSC Friday 2016 ready to kick off worldwide | 30 September 2016

FSC Friday is fast approaching and hundreds of companies and organizations around the world have already joined the Campaign.

The event - scheduled for Friday 30 September 2016 - features a series of events around the world to celebrate and raise awareness of responsible forest management and the role that FSC plays in it.

FSC Certificate holders, members, partners and... common people can show their support for FSC Friday by joining the FSC Friday Thunderclap. Thunderclap supporters will automatically post the message “Help take care of forests. Choose FSC for responsibly-sourced products! #FSCFriday http://thndr.me/TRu0BP to their Facebook and/or Twitter profile(s) on FSC Friday.

Below a list events already in the FSC Friday Calendar:

  • Long-standing FSC Friday supporters, Snows Timber will organize an ad hoc event to help merchants promote certified timber 
  • St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School will be holding a public awareness raising event and running an FSC competition.
  • Border Oak and Construction are set to complete forest pledges and provide cakes as part of an internal awareness raising event
  • Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary School will be educating pupils about FSC
  • Good Wood Home Designs started celebrations early at the Cornwall Home & Lifestyle Show and will be following up with in-store promotions on the day

FSC UK is celebrating too through two events - a promotional stall at a local primary school - and a treasure hunt and talk in a FSC certified forest.

Last year, FSC Friday was celebrated by 31 countries across the world including the UK, where over 45 businesses, schools and groups took part by holding awareness raising events, ranging from dressing green and baking cakes to holding presentations and talks. 

To receive free materials and goodies for your event, or any specific information, email [email protected]. For some ideas and inspiration click here. A "celebration events map" is available here.

View other events on CTI Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/fsc-friday-2016-ready-kick-worldwide-30-september-2016]

Snows Timber joins WWF Sustainable Wood Sourcing Campaign

Snows Timber, one of UK’s largest timber importers and distributors, has joined colleagues across the timber Industry, including the Timber Trade Federation, in signing the WWF UK Forests Campaign Pledge, to source all wood legally and sustainably by 2020.

Snows Timber's wood purchasing already stands at 99% from certified sources and the company is actively working to change the final 1%.

“Having been one of the pioneers taking up timber chain of custody certification many years ago, signing the WWF-UK Forests Pledge helps us to further focus on increasing own sustainability and to also provide a greater service to our customers,” says Snows’ Product Director Mark Bowers.

Snows Timber will also distribute postcards promoting the WWF Forests Pledge to merchants at the Builders Merchants Federation’s members’ day (20-21 September 2016) and beyond.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/snows-timber-joins-wwf-sustainable-wood-sourcing-campaign]

Vietnam makes substantial progress towards PEFC endorsement

Vietnam is on the road to developing its own national forest certification system in line with PEFC international requirements.

As reiterated by Mr. Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Vietnamese government committed to establish the Vietnam Forest Certification Council (VFCC) which will take on the role of running the national system.

“It is fantastic to be here and see the strong desire from the national government and local stakeholders alike to develop the Vietnam Forest Certification Scheme (VFCS),” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, during his visit to the country. “The progress they have made so far, and the sheer potential for uptake of forest certification are impressive.”

“Growing PEFC Chain of Custody in Viet Nam is a vital component of expanding PEFC-certified products on the global market. Significant volumes of PEFC-certified wood are currently imported to Viet Nam for product manufacturing, and then re-exported to markets worldwide. Moreover, domestic PEFC-certified sources will also soon be available,” added Mr Gunneberg.

“Mr. Gunneberg and Mr. Ha Cong Tuan have made a strong commitment to develop and operate the Vietnam Forest Certification Scheme as soon as is possible,” highlighted Dr. Vu Tan Phuong, Director of International Cooperation and Training.

“This will support the forestry industry in meeting market demands, while at the same time will strengthen the ecological functions of our forests, particularly in the context of climate change,” Dr. Phuong concluded.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/vietnam-makes-substantial-progress-towards-pefc-endorsement]

INTERPOL launches new 'Ecomessage' system to fight environmental crimes

INTERPOL, the international organisation connecting police forces worldwide, has recently published new guidelines to track and tackle forest-related crimes more effectively.

The guidelines - downloadable here - describe the types of information that are most valuable to law enforcement agencies. They provide a standardised format – the 'Ecomessage' – that anyone can use to report illegal logging, timber smuggling, illicit trade or importing companies in the EU failing to comply with their EUTR due diligence obligations.

Members of the public are encouraged to contact their national law enforcement agency (police, customs or environmental government agencies) if they wish to provide sensitive information and help in investigations, using the Ecomessage system.

"The 'Ecomessage' enables both INTERPOL and national decision-makers to proactively identify high-risk areas and persons and to devise tailored activities and operations in response. This vital step towards effective intelligence-led policing is the comprehensive collection of data from our member countries across the world, in order to enable a truly global analysis of environmental crime", said the INTERPOL.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/interpol-launches-new-ecomessage-system-fight-environmental-crimes]

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