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Currently, with 230 million hectares under certification, PEFC is the world's largest forest certification scheme. Third party auditing, to internationally recognised and globally respected certification processes, means that PEFC provides a transparent system of forest inspection. Chain of custody certification provides a means of tracking timber from certified forest to the final product.
Defra (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs) has developed a timber procurement policy, applicable across the Government estate. Local Authorities are also being encouraged to adopt this policy. Currently, only timber and timber products originating from independently verified legal and sustainable sources or from a licensed FLEGT partner is specified for use in government contracts but from April 2015, only verifiable legal and sustainable timber will be accepted.
Wood's unique sustainability credentials as a renewable building material are widely recognised. Time and again it is singled out for special recognition. Timber's strong environmental credentials means that the government's Code for Sustainable Homes awards additional code points based on the percentage of certified timber and timber products; both for building and finishing elements. Using certified timber can also earn additional BREEAM credits for a project. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the public body responsible for developing and building the venues and infrastructure for the 2012 London Olympic Games, has also based its timber procurement policy on the government's timber procurement policy.
Specifying PEFC-certified timber will provide you and your clients with assurances that the timber you are buying for a project, originates from responsibly-managed forests.
For more information on the PEFC programme visit www.pefc.co.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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