Eco-labels – Forestry labelling war heats up
Jon Entine investigates two competing forest certification schemes: the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council
When the European Union Timber Regulations (EUTR) took effect in March, they brought into sharp relief the differences between the two main forestry certification schemes now vying for public acceptance.
The new regulations are a response to an increasingly intertwined global supply chain. They outlaw trade in pulp, paper and composite products made from illegally logged timber. Although illegal logging is negligible in some regions, such as North America, it’s a scourge in the developing world. Under the new rules, wholesalers are required to document the species of tree and country of origin, and have in place an oversight system.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) quickly endorsed the new EU rules, and its umbrella organisation, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), also committed to develop its chain of custody due diligence tracking system.
Its chief rival, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), also agreed a tracking system but staunchly objected...