|UK Government confirms PEFC as source of legal and sustainable timber
The UK Government hasconfirmed that PEFC sustainable forest management certification provides an assurance that its certified timber-based products originated from legal and sustainable sources.
The government has signalled its preference for certified timber products in its timber procurement policy and recommends consumers make the same responsible choice. The announcement follows a detailed bi-annual review of forest certification systems by the Government's Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) .
PEFC UK's Chairman Peter Latham commented: "We are delighted to learn that once again the Government has judged PEFC to meet its sustainable timber procurement criteria. CPET provides UK companies with a strong incentive to commit to responsible sourcing of wood products by undergoing PEFC Chain of Custody certification. "
John White, Chief Executive of the UK Timber Trade Federation said: "The announcement is of utmost importance to traders in the UK, who import nearly £3 billion of timber products each year. The Government's recommendation on sustainable sourcing of timber-based products will enable our member companies to continue to offer responsibly sourced products to their customers."
Since PEFC's initial rating as legal and sustainable by the UK Government in August 2005, the PEFC certified forest area has increased by another 80 million hectares globally and currently tops the 210 million mark. The number of Chain of Custody certificates in the UK has risen sharply over the past two years and to date, more than 900 paper and timber companies in the UK have opted for PEFC certification.
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