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PEFC issues its Annual Review 2016

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has released its Annual Review 2016 featuring the most recent achievements of the organization.

2016 saw 300 million hectares of PEFC-certified forest and several new national certifications schemes - from Ghana, Hungary, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Romania and Thailand - joining PEFC.

Moreover a dozen countries - including Cameroon - are now developing national systems and preparing for PEFC membership.

PEFC also launched the revision process of its Sustainability Benchmarks – the standards that form the basis for nearly all PEFC activities.

"As the world changes, best practices and knowledge evolve and society’s expectations grow, we must make sure our standards are the best they can be. The process that will take more than two years, affect the majority of our standards, and involve hundreds of experts and thousands of stakeholders", the organization highlights.

Download the PEFC Annual Review 2016 here.

 

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New PEFC UK brochure promotes Certified Packaging in the Food To Go Sector

PEFC UK has recently published a short brochure for businesses in the ‘food to go’ sector designed to demonstrate a commitment to responsibly-sourced packaging to their customers.  

The brochure - downloadable here - also provides useful information on the use of PEFC’s distinctive ‘two trees’ label which is exclusively available on PEFC-certified products.

"Consumers expect packaging to be responsibly sourced, easily recycled with a minimal impact on the environment and ultimately, the world’s forests", said PEFC UK Team. "Recognising the importance of meeting customer expectations, more and more manufacturers are now producing packaging certified as sustainable through assurance programmes such as PEFC’s."

“Consumer perception is very important to the companies we supply,” confirmed Clare Lloyd, Key Account Manager at Colpac. “So it is paramount that we are able to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable sourcing. The PEFC label can serve as an excellent stamp of approval, giving customers confidence in a product’s environmental credentials”.

 

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PEFC UK releases information sheet on Modern Slavery Act 2015

PEFC UK has produced a information sheet designed to help certified companies demonstrate compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 

Section 54 of the Act entitled Transparency in Supply Chains is relevant to companies with a global turnover of over £36 million and which conduct business or part of a business in the United Kingdom.

All businesses which meet these criteria must publish a Slavery and Human Trafficking statement on their website with a prominent link to it from its home page. The statement should show the steps it has taken during the past financial year to ensure that slavery and human
trafficking has not taken place either in the company’s operations or its supply chain, both in the UK and abroad.

The information sheet shows how PEFC-certified companies and users of PEFC certified products (who may also have to comply with the legislation) can refer to PEFC’s certification standards to help demonstrate that forced labour has not been used in their certified products supply chain.

The publication can be downloaded from the PEFC UK website or can be obtained by e-mailing [email protected].

 

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PEFC UK appoints French Export Manager Elisabeth Piveteau to its Board

Elisabeth Piveteau, UK & Ireland Export Manager at PiveteauBois, has been appointed new industry member to the PEFC UK Board.

PiveteauBois is one of France’s leading softwood sawmillers and manufacturers of timber products for the construction, landscaping and energy sectors and is France’s number one supplier of wood pellets. PiveteauBois is a family-run business with a deep passion for wood and over 65 years expertise of selecting the best quality softwood from certified forests in France and Poland. Its services include wood processing as well as designing, manufacturing and delivering high-quality and innovative timber products ranging from sawn timber, structural components and glulam to cladding, decking and UC4 fencing and landscaping products.

Elisabeth joined the family company after 20 years’ experience in sales and business development in the intellectual property and scientific information markets. She has previously worked at industry leaders Thomson Reuters, Lexis Nexis and Macmillan. Her mission at PiveteauBois is to develop and grow a customer base for its value-added products in the UK and Ireland in addition to raising awareness of France as Europe’s joint 4th largest softwood producer alongside Austria.

PEFC UK’s Executive Director Alun Watkins said: “We are honoured that Elisabeth has agreed to join us at PEFC UK.  We will benefit enormously from her knowledge of the French timber sector and this will enable us to better meet the expectations of one of our key stakeholder groups, those exporting to the UK market.”

Ms Piveteau commented: “I am delighted to have been asked to join the Board of PEFC UK. Representing a French company in the UK market, I recognise the importance of being able to supply our British customers with certified timber and provide them with assurances of responsible sourcing.  I am happy to be able to contribute to the valuable work PEFC does in promoting sustainable forest management around the world.”

 

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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.

 

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