News & Events

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.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/pefc-issues-its-annual-review-2016]

FSC national forest stewardship standard for UK gains conditional approval

At the beginning of May, the draft of FSC national forest stewardship standard for the UK (aka UK Woodland Assurance Standard or UKWAS) was conditionally approved by FSC International’s Policy and Standards Committee (PSC).

The conditional approval of the standard means that there is no further requirement for it to be considered by the PSC. All subsequent discussions about the contents of the standard will be with FSC Policy and Standards Unit (PSU) staff in Bonn, who will have the final say over when conditions have been met. 

The standard has undergone a thorough revision process which began in 2013 and was not approved in first instance by FSC International. Therefore it was resubmitted in February this year.

In terms of the contents of the revised standard, the main condition set by the PSC is that general references to compliance with the law, such as health and safety or workers’ rights legislation, must be replaced with readily auditable, outcome-oriented requirements. 

The PSC has also stipulated that changes be made to the UK standard development group before the next revision of the standard, to ensure representation of economic, environmental and social interests is chamber-balanced in accordance with FSC requirements. 

“This is terrific news,” said FSC UK Forest Standards Manager Dr Owen Davies. “This positive decision from the PSC has been made possible by the hard work and commitment of the UKWAS Steering Group, whose members responded so constructively to FSC feedback on the previous draft. There are still challenges to overcome, but I’m confident that, with continuing constructive collaboration between FSC UK, FSC International and the UKWAS Steering Group, the outstanding conditions can be resolved.”

UKWAS Steering Group chair, Peter Wilson, said: “The revision exercise has been a long haul but the completion of our work is in sight and the steering group will meet shortly to work on closing out the remaining concerns raised by FSC. The revision process has been thorough and radical and, once these conditions are met, we hope that users will find the updated version to be more logical in its approach and much easier to use than earlier versions. Praise is due to steering group members for their tenacity and the dedication they have brought to the task of revising and improving the UKWAS”.

For more info, it is possible to contact Owen Davies at [email protected].

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/fsc-national-forest-stewardship-standard-uk-gains-conditional-approval]

CTI Spring 2017 Newsletter now available

The Confederation of Timber Industries has released its Newsletter for Spring 2017.

This fifth interactive issue explores the latest developments of CTI project particularly focusing on Confederation's activities in the areas of Policy Affairs and Timber Industry promotion.

In details, you will find news on:

- New Chairman and Governing Board for CTI

- CTI Parliamentary seminar on Housing & Timber Construction

- CTI response to Industrial Strategy Green Paper

- CTI & Wood For Good exhibiting at Ecobuild 2017

- CTI partners with major UK Construction and Architecture shows

- Mass Timber projects in the UK and abroad

...and much more!

To read and download the publication click here.

View all CTI press releases and newsletters here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-spring-2017-newsletter-now-available]

CTI Newsletter Spring 2017

CTI Newsletter Spring 2017

In this issue: 

- New Chairman and Governing Board for CTI

- CTI Parliamentary seminar on Housing & Timber Construction

- CTI response to Industrial Strategy Green Paper

- CTI & Wood For Good exhibiting at Ecobuild 2017

- Mass Timber projects in the UK and abroad

DOWNLOAD FILE

Vision 2017 opens in two weeks’ time, 6-7 June, Olympia London

Vision 2017 - one of the premier built environment events aimed at architects, designers, specifiers and their clients - is fast approaching.

The event - to take place in Olympia, London, on 6-7 June 2017 - provides an international focus for innovative products and building solutions, bringing together thousands of industry professionals for two days of learning and business.

The programme and exhibition is CPD certified and centred around Materials Innovations, Technological Insight, Offsite & Modular Construction and Architectural & Design Evolution. In addition to exhibition, Vision 2017 will present a series of talks and events in collaboration with the RIBA, BRE, the London Festival of Architecture and New London Architecture. Major architectural practices from the UK and abroad will take part in the talks programme with many timber related talks.

Arup will discuss the engineering challenges behind “The Smile” - the most ambitious structure ever built in cross laminated timbers (CLT), while Korlam will present the technical and commercial benefits or Kielsteg, one of the most innovative new technologies in the timber construction industry. Other topics will cover innovations in engineered timber and CLT roles in modular and volumetric construction.

Register now for you free ticket to Vision 2017 at www.visionlondon.com/register

Visit Vision website for more information www.visionlondon.com

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/vision-2017-opens-two-weeks%E2%80%99-time-6-7-june-olympia-london]

Pages