PEFC UK celebrates key achievements of 2015
Earlier this month, PEFC UK held its 15th Annual General Meeting in London.
In his first annual report, Chairman Ross Bradshaw highlighted PEFC UK’s key achievements over the past year:
- the re-endorsement of PEFC’s sustainable forest management scheme by CPET
- the commitment of high street restaurant chains to using PEFC-certified packaging for their products
CPET’s 2015 review of the public sector timber procurement policy (TPP) Category A Evidence, concluded that both PEFC and FSC remain 100% compliant with the Category A legality criteria. Both schemes were also found to be over 90% compliant with the sustainability criteria and as such continue to deliver the CPET requirements for legality and sustainability.
Over the past year several high street restaurant chains have now committed to using PEFC-certified packaging for their products. KFC use the PEFC label on its customer-facing packaging to provide assurances of responsible sourcing. Pizza Hut uses the PEFC label on its chicken buckets and McDonald’s recently announced the packaging used in its European restaurants is now certified.
"It is excellent news that companies accounting for such a large proportion of our high street food outlets, have pledged to source their packaging sustainably to help protect the world’s forests", commented Mr Bradshaw.
Further highlights of the year can be found in PEFC 2016 Annual Report.