Presented by AHEC
August 27th, 2021
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Globally, despite the ongoing efforts of environmentalists and others, deforestation has continued at an alarming rate. According to the World Bank, between 1990 and 2016, 1.3 million square kilometres of forest (an area greater than South Africa) were lost.
While all efforts to reverse this trend – and ensure that only sustainably sourced timbers find their way into our homes and offices – are to be encouraged, it is also critical to identify the most effective of these.
As it stands for specifiers, assessing the sustainability of forest products generally amounts to checking whether they have received forest certifications (such as FSC and PEFC).
The problem here is that these certifications are limited. They can’t easily be applied to all products, such as American Hardwoods grown in the US, where there is clear evidence that hardwood forests are well managed and expanding but where certification is challenging because management units and supply chains are fragmented.
So, what are the alternatives? Beyond certification, are there any emerging assessment methods that let you know if forest products are sustainably sourced and suitable for use?
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Rupert Oliver, Sustainability Consultant, AHEC
Rupert Oliver is an independent forest products consultant and an internationally recognised authority on environmental issues, sustainable forest management and certification. Rupert has a degree in forestry and also worked for a number of years for the TTF in the UK, helping to coordinate the Forest Forever campaign. Rupert is a popular speaker at wood forums and conferences all over the world and is a regular contributor to the AHECconvention.
George White, Certification Consultant, AHEC
George White, currently independent consultant working with AHEC on development of new sustainability verification procedures, also Global Timber Forum Director (responsible for Projects, Oversight & Governance), and formerly Head of WWF Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN – working in more than 30 countries with over 300 companies employing over 50 staff to develop FSC certification of the forests they manage or to apply a stepwise approach to responsible sourcing of forest products), before that environmental sourcing specialist for leading UK retailer Sainsbury’s, developing and implementing responsible sourcing policies and associated management processes for Sainsbury’s, Shaw’s and Homebase.
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