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PEFC UK Annual Stakeholder Day | 5 July 2016 | London

The PEFC UK Annual Stakeholder Day will take place on Tuesday 5 July 2016 at the Society of Chemical Industry in London.

The event will focus on Market Drivers for Certified Products with speakers highlighting the market-based initiatives that are driving demand for certified products, sustainable forest management and the global role PEFC plays in developing certified forests.  

The keynote speaker will be Ignacio Gavilan, Director of Sustainability for the influential global industry group, the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). The CGF brings together more than 400 retailers, manufacturers and service providers, including major brands such as Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, L’Oreal, Nestle, P&G, Tesco and Asda-WalMart. Gavilan leads the CGF’s Sustainability team, which aims to position the consumer goods industry as a leader in protection against climate change and reducing waste. Ignacio will speak on: ‘Zero Net Deforestation by 2020’, and the importance of sourcing pulp, paper and packaging responsibly. CGF recognises the role that forest certification schemes such as PEFC’s can play in providing companies with verification of legality and providing a low risk of controversial sources.

Other speakers include Martyn White of the John Lewis Partnership, who will provide a retail perspective on managing risk and enhancing brand value through responsible sourcing plus Steve Cook of Willmott Dixon, who will highlight what the UK construction sector is doing to ensure the timber it sources comes from well-managed forests. Riikka Joukio of Metsäboard and the WBCSD Forest Solutions Group, will urge the packaging sector and its customers to actively support sustainable forest management certification. PEFC International’s Sarah Price will complete the speaker line up, delivering an update on PEFC’s work to grow certified forests to meet customer demand.  

"More and more companies from SMEs to global brands are keen to demonstrate that the forest products they use come from certified sustainable sources. Consumers are increasingly conscious of the impact of their purchasing decisions and we hope those joining us for this year’s stakeholder event will gain a better understanding of the role market-based initiatives play  in helping to secure a healthy future for the world’s forests", said PEFC UK Chairman Ross Bradshaw.

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FSC webinars on risk assessment for sourcing controlled wood | 16-17 March 2016

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International has launched a new series of webinars dedicated to risk assessments for material originating from unacceptable sources.

In particular they will focus on revised controlled wood standard FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood. Main topics covered include: - How risk assessments are developed by FSC; - How risk assessments developed by FSC should be used by organizations implementing the revised controlled wood standard; - How organizations can conduct risk assessments for the origin of material when no FSC risk assessment exists for a particular area.

The risk assessments are part of the due diligence system implemented by organizations applying the revised controlled wood standard to avoid material from unsustainably managed sources. They comprise risk assessments developed, and currently being developed, by FSC, as well as risk assessments conducted by other organizations.

The sessions have been scheduled at various times on 16 and 17 March 2016 to accommodate stakeholders in different time zones.

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Webinar on sustainability across Biomass Supply Chain run by Biomass Magazine | 10 March 2016

On Thursday 10 March 2016 the Biomass Magazine will hold a free webinar on The Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) and its implication for the Biomass supply chain.

The Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) is an industry-led initiative, formed in 2013 by major European utilities that use biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets, in large thermal power plants. It was formed to help ensure the feedstock used to create this fuel is acquired sustainably.

The SBP has been developed as a certification framework to provide assurance that woody biomass is sourced from legal and sustainable sources, allowing companies in the biomass sector to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements. 

The webinar - starting at 8 pm London time - will offer an insight on the current status of the framework and its journey to where it’s at today, specifying what it takes to become certified, how to perform an SBP audit and how the SBP works with other certification schemes.

The panel includes: Katie Fletcher, Associate Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine; Simon Armstrong, Technical Director, Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP); Norman Boatwright, Forestry Program Manager, NSF International; Richard Peberdy, Vice President of Sustainability, Drax Biomass International Inc.; Shawn Ellsworth, Director, Risk Assurance Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

For more information and to register to the webinar click here.

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