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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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UK Wood products and Forestry sectors grew considerably in 2015, TTF Annual Review reports

According to the Statistical Review 2016 published today by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), Timber Industry maintains its place among the larger UK manufacturing sectors and is listed in the top 10 fastest growing UK manufacturing sectors.

In details, 2015 saw a 11.4% growth in the value of wood products, compared on the previous year. Similarly, UK forestry and logging was shown to have grown by 20.4%.

"The growth rate in the wood and wood products sector also outperformed many related industries, such as furniture, plastics and the construction of buildings", the TTF Statistical Review reports. "Together, the forestry and wood products sector achieved a combined value of £9.5 billion in turnover."

However, these positive news are balanced by the "small contraction" suffered in 2015 by the timber market after two very strong years of growth. According to the TTF, the decline was mainly due to the general economic slowdown in the UK, Eurozone and across the globe.

"Having followed a general trend of growth from 2008 to 2014, domestic and imported wood consumption decreased in 2015 by 1.8%. This was predominantly due to changes in imported product consumption: Hardwood and MDF consumption decreased, whilst softwood remained stable and plywood and fibreboard consumption grew from 2014", the Review says.

"There were also decreases in UK exports, UK production and the share of UK produced timber consumption vs imported timber."

David Hopkins, TTF Managing Director, commented: “These statistics show the value and importance of the timber supply chain to the UK economy. This is a well-established supply chain, with great growth potential. However, like all other sectors we are dependent on a joined up economic policy approach across the country. The upheaval of Brexit may have caused uncertainty, but is also an opportunity for us to show our worth. If the Government is serious about creating an “industrial strategy” then we must put forward the case for the timber manufacturing sector providing skilled jobs in every constituency across the country. These statistics help us do just that.”

For more information, visit http://www.ttf.co.uk/timber-industry/statistics.aspx.

 

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FLEGT VPA has not stopped illegal logging in Congo, says environmental NGO Fern

Systemic illegalities persist in the Republic of Congo’s (RoC) forest sector, despite the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) signed with the EU to combat illegal timber trade, claims the environmental NGO Fern.

In fact, according to the RoC’s Independent Monitor of the implementation of forest law and governance, six new logging permits were awarded in January 2016 to several companies in violation of the country’s laws and regulations.

"Local civil society organisations, including Fern’s partner Forum pour le Gouvernance et les Droits Humains, believe that this is a serious breach of the VPA and a setback for the ongoing reforms intended to increase transparency and accountability in the management of the country’s vast forests", Fern spokespeople say.

Fern has joined these groups in calling on the Congolese government to work closely with the EU to implement the VPA and to end impunity in the forest sector.

The NGO has also asked the EU and Member States, in accordance with the EU Timber Regulation, to be diligent in ensuring that no illegally harvested timber and forest products from the RoC enter the EU market.

 

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African Development Bank and private investors fund US$ 24M reforestation scheme in Ghana

As reported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the African Development Bank (AfDB) is joining with private sector investors to restore degraded forest reserves and double the area of sustainable forest plantations in Ghana.

The agreement is a first-of-its-kind Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in its forest sector and is backed by a US$10 million concessional loan from the Climate Investment Funds' Forest Investment Program (CIF FIP). It is also supplemented by US$14 million in co-financing from the AfDB.

The Ghana reforestation project will establish a forest plantation in areas that used to be productive semideciduous forest reserves but that have been severely degraded.
 
AfDB Director for Private Sector Development, Kodeidja Diallo, said: “This project is the Bank’s first direct intervention in forestry through a private sector window and will serve as a pilot in setting the pace for engaging the private sector in sustainable forest plantation development."

Paul Hol, Executive Director of Form International, added: “This is a breakthrough for private investments in forestry on the continent. I believe that this project and collaboration between AfDB and Form Ghana Ltd can be a very important step to enable the expansion of large scale reforestation and landscape restoration projects in Africa. In this way it can be an important front running project for the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and NEPAD which aims at restoring 100 million ha of land in Africa by the year 2030."

 

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