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Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Caring for our forests globally and locally Newsletter
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
Caring for our forests globally and locally
Newsletter
April 2019 • Issue 52
globally and locally Newsletter April 2019 • Issue 52 PEFC Turns 20 THIS year the global

PEFC Turns 20

THIS year the global PEFC family is celebrating the organisation’s 20th anniversary. In the 1990s, forest certification was designed primarilyfor large-scale forest owners, managing huge areas of forest land. These large-scale forestry operations were able to take on the costs of certification but millions of small, family and community forest owners could not. As a result, while they could appreciate the market benefits certification provided, they were priced out of the certification process and therefore from the growing market for certified products.

So, back in 1999, organisations representing small-forest owners from around Europe, came

together to create an international forest certification systemthat could meettheir needs. This led to the creation of PEFC in June 1999. This was an important development as 25% of the world’s forests are family and community-owned, so it’s vital that these forests are managed sustainably.

By enabling such small-scale forest owners to participate in certification, PEFC led a great leap forward for sustainable forest management. For the past twenty years we have strived to ensure ourforest certification system continues to be accessible and relevant to forest owners around the world. Everyone who has contributed

forest owners around the world. Everyone who has contributed to PEFC’s success can take pride in

to PEFC’s success can take pride in how the organisation – which started out with half a dozen European members – has nowflourished into a truly global alliance, operating in 49 countries.

PEFC certified companies can join in the celebrations by using the specially commissioned 20th anniversary logo. Visit the on-line PEFC logo generator https://bit.ly/2U4xb5B to download the logo and if required, some supporting text. We now look to the next 20 years as we all work in partnership to support a sustainable future for the world’s forests.

Peter Latham Appointed Forestry Commissioner EARLIERthis month, DEFRA announcedthe appointment of Peter Latham as one
Peter Latham Appointed Forestry Commissioner
EARLIERthis
month, DEFRA
announcedthe
appointment of
Peter Latham as one of
DEFRA announcedthe appointment of Peter Latham as one of three newNon-Executive Commissioners to Forestry Commission

three newNon-Executive Commissioners to Forestry Commission England. The Forestry Commission is a non-Ministerial Governmentdepartmentestablished almosta hundred years ago. The appointment, which is for a three-year term, commenced on 1st April 2019.

A former Chairman of PEFC UK, Peter is currently the Chairman of PEFC International, a Director of Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT) and a Trustee of the Commonwealth Forestry Association. He was previously CEO and Chairman of James Latham, the UK’s leading distributor of Timber & Panel products since 1757. Peter brings to the role his extensive knowledge of the timber industry and experience of successful stakeholder engagement on an international level.

The other appointments were Jennie Price, a former CEO of WRAP and Sport England and Liz Philip, a former Principal of two agricultural colleges, including Newton Rigg in Cumbria, which was established as the National School of Forestry in 1969. These newly-appointed Commissioners will play a key role in establishing a strong, sustainable future for the organisation, as it lays the foundations for the next 100 years of forestry in England.

Morrisons Trials Paper Bags bags were rolled out to all Morrison’s stores in Wales earlier
Morrisons Trials Paper Bags bags were rolled out to all Morrison’s stores in Wales earlier

Morrisons Trials Paper Bags

bags were rolled out to all Morrison’s stores in Wales earlier this month and will be in stores in England and Scotland in May.

These tough, reusable paper bags are manufactured by Ebbw Vale-based, AB Group Packaging and made from PEFC- certified paper supplied by Swedish company, Billerudkorsnäs. This innovative packaging achievement was entered into the Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards and recently featured on ITV Wales.

IN FEBRUARY, Morrisons, the UK’s 4th largest supermarket chain, announced that it would be trialing paper shopping bags in 8 of its stores with a view to further reducing the use of single- use plastic carrier bags. The bags are made from PEFC-certified paper and carry the PEFC label to provide customers with assurances of responsible sourcing. The 8-week trial was conducted in stores in London, Yorkshire, Scotland and Wales. It proved so successful that the

Morrisons “Reusable” PEFC Certified Paper Carrier Bag https://bit.ly/2PhWGzn
Morrisons “Reusable” PEFC Certified Paper Carrier Bag
https://bit.ly/2PhWGzn
by architects, designers and suppliers keen to learn more about the latest trends and innovations.

by architects, designers and suppliers keen to learn more about the latest trends and innovations. Over 170 exhibitors assemble to present the best in surface design.

Surface Design Show 2019

IN FEBRUARY, we hosted a responsible timber sourcing CPD at the Surface Design Show. This learning module has been developed to help architects, building designers and others specifying timberfortheir projects, learn more about responsible timber procurement and Chain of Custody certification. The CPD was presented by Charlie Law, Managing Director of Sustainable Construction Solutions, who has worked in the construction sector for over 30 years, and has extensive industry knowledge

having worked for BAM, Kier and Lendlease. Charlie is also a Director at the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA), a member of the Grown in Britain Executive and a member of the Ska Technical Committee.

The Surface Design show is the only event in the UK which focuses on interior and exterior surface materials, and is attended

on interior and exterior surface materials, and is attended New Director for PEFC UK IN JANUARY,
on interior and exterior surface materials, and is attended New Director for PEFC UK IN JANUARY,

New Director for PEFC UK

IN JANUARY, Tom Hallam was appointed to PEFC UK’s Board of Directors. As a membership association representing a broad range of stakeholder interests, it is important that key markets trading in PEFC-certified products are represented on the Board. Tom will bring his expertise of the packaging sector to Board discussions.

Tom is Director, Business Development (Bags) for BillerudKorsnäs. He took up his current position in 2016, after roles at DS Smith, UPM Kymmene and Reckitt Benckiser. With thirteen years in the paper and packaging industries, Tom’s experience encompasses both market and consumer insight, and environment and innovation. In his present role, he works closely with brand owners and retailers on packaging innovations which “challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future”.

COMPANY SPOTLIGHT Border Hardwood Border Hardwood’s Charlie Bevan-Jones and Tom Hiles on a due diligence
COMPANY SPOTLIGHT
Border Hardwood
Border Hardwood’s Charlie Bevan-Jones and Tom Hiles on a due diligence inspection

BORDER HARDWOOD is a traditional, fourth generation oak timber merchant and importer, specialising in European Oak. The company supplies the joinery, restoration and construction trades and has been PEFC- certified for more than 10 years.

Sustainability lies at the heart of the company’s values and beliefs. In addition to

its certification credentials, Border Hardwood has committed to other environmental initiatives such as the use of solar power, biomass boilers for its drying kilns and, where practical, opts for rail freight over road transport to help reduce its carbon footprint.

To learn more about Border Hardwoods visit:

www.borderhardwood.com

more about Border Hardwoods visit: www.borderhardwood.com Calling All Fashion Brands NEXT MONTH, PEFC will be hosting

Calling All Fashion Brands

NEXT MONTH, PEFC will be hosting a sustainable sourcing event in London. Participants are invited to learn more about the role wood-based fibres, from sustainably managed forests, can play in unlocking opportunities for sustainability in textiles.

Fashion brands have an important role to play in creating sustainable supply chains and driving demand for responsibly sourced products. Today, only 7% of textiles are produced from wood fibres, but their share of the global fibre basket is expected to grow to 30% by 2023. It is therefore important that the wood fibre comes from responsibly-managed forests which support biodiversity and help prevent deforestation.

which support biodiversity and help prevent deforestation. To learn more about how PEFC can help support

To learn more about how PEFC can help support responsible sourcing practices and provide traceability from forest to wardrobe, please join us in London on 22nd May 2019. If you would like to attend, please RVSP to hilary.khawam@pefc.co.uk by 26th April 2019. https://bit.ly/2Ue7fnW

by 26th April 2019. https://bit.ly/2Ue7fnW Chain of Custody Update WE are pleased to announce that the

Chain of Custody Update

WE are pleased to announce that the revised PEFC Chain of Custody Standard PEFC ST 2002:201X will be released for a 60-day pubic consultation on 10th May 2019. We’ll be sending an e-shot with a link to the draft to all members then.

The feedback on the draft will be taken into account at the next Chain of Custody Working Group meeting in September, prior to finalising the standard. The main changes appear to be to the overall structure of the text (following the ISO High Level structure) and the Due Diligence System.

We hope that the revised Chain of Custody standard will be approved at the PEFC General Assembly in November 2019. We will be offering training seminars to members involved in administering Chain of Custody within their companies, in early 2020.

Certified Forests and Sustainable Construction Photo © The Crown Estate THE Crown Estate forest in
Certified Forests
and Sustainable
Construction
Photo © The Crown Estate
THE Crown Estate forest in Windsor Great
Park will once again be the main location
forthisyear’s field trip forthe construction
sector. CSR and procurement professionals
from this sector are invited to join us to learn
more about the importance of certification
and howthe construction sector can support
responsible producers and ultimatelythe
world’s woodlands and forests, through their
procurement choices. For more information
visit: https://bit.ly/2v0ajdd
TRADA’s University Challenge IN FEBRUARY, PEFC UK was proud to support TRADA’s University Challenge to
TRADA’s University Challenge
TRADA’s University Challenge

IN FEBRUARY, PEFC UK was proud to support TRADA’s University Challenge to raise awareness of the importance of specifying certified sustainable timber among the next generation of construction professionals.

Entrants to this demanding competition included architects, architectural technologists, engineers, landscape architects and quantity surveying undergraduates from UK universities. This year’s brief was to design healthy student accommodation, predominantly from timber. The intense two-day challenge took place at the University of Sheffield. Sixty students from 25 Universities competed to design, cost and engineer accommodation that used timber and timber products to emphasise health and well-

being, energy efficiency, and all to budget. Each team consisted of two architects or architectural technologists, two engineers, a landscape architect and a quantity surveyor.

ThecompetitionkickedoffearlyFridaymorning andcontinueduntilSaturdayafternoon,during which time students collaborated in designated design teams. The winning team consisted of engineers Arnas Mikalauskas, University of Sheffield, Aleksandra Ziembinska, University of Strathclyde,architectsIsaacPalmiere-Szabo, Leicester School of Architecture, De Montfort University and Louisa Keighley, University of Derby, EmmaBeaumont,aLandscapeArchitectfrom the University of Sheffield and Quantity Surveyor CameronTimmsfromCoventryUniversity.

Meet PEFC UK

Annual Field Trip 15-16 May 2019 Dryfesdale Hotel, Lockerbie

Forests for Fashion Event

 

22

May 2019

Techspace Shoredtich,

London

https://bit.ly/2Ue7fnW

Annual Contractor Field Trip

12

June 2019

Windsor Estate

https://bit.ly/2v0ajdd

Annual General Meeting

2

July 2019

Sheffield Hallam University

info@pefc.co.uk

Annual Stakeholder Meeting

3

October 2019

NCVO Offices,

London

info@pefc.co.uk

2019 NCVO Offices, London info@pefc.co.uk LASTYEAR, Howarth Timber Group’s Peter Kelly travelled to
LASTYEAR, Howarth Timber Group’s Peter Kelly travelled to Japan to compete Howarth’s Peter Kelly Wins

LASTYEAR, Howarth Timber Group’s Peter Kelly travelled to Japan to compete

Howarth’s Peter Kelly Wins Gold

at the Japan Veteran International Judo Championships. The competition took place in the Ehime Budokan – Shiai, Matsuyama, which is the largest dojo in Japan and constructed largely of timber. While there were over 700 Japanese competitors, Peter was one of only seven GB competitors yet

he still returned home with a bronze medal. January saw Peter competing in the Scottish Open Championships, which were held at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. This time, Peter achieved the Gold medal following a tough day on the mat. Congratulations to Peter on his successes from everyone at PEFC UK.

ALUN WATKINS PEFC UK Executive Director awatkins@pefc.co.uk / 0114 307 2334

HILARY KHAWAM PEFC UK Communications & Marketing Director hilary.khawam@pefc.co.uk / 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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