Eco-labels – Forestry labelling war heats up

Jon Entine investigates two competing forest certification schemes: the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council

Industrial logging a tough labelling challenge

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...

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microneedle roller review  It is so nice to hear that when the European Union Timber Regulations took effect in March they bought into sharp relief the main forestry certification scheme. I hope that the new regulation may be able to bring some changes to the current situation.


Legality Verification

Hi Jon,

Interesting insights on the US market for "green" timber. Thanks.

But for a better view on legality verification check out the assessment done by Proforest on behalf of the European Timber Trade Federation, to determine which schemes in the private sector meet the EU Timber Regulation. (http://ettf.info/third-party-schemes-tested-against-eutr)

This desk study guides EU timber traders through the labyrinth of schemes, (including the FSC and PEFC) and is all there is, apart from CITES licences for now. The EU is optimistic that the first FLEGT timber will be available through the bilateral timber trade agreements it has been negotiating with tropical producer countries in Africa, Asia and now Latin America (14 countries to date and rising).

In the Proforest study you'll see that the ratings FSC and PEFC got was identical but both schemes lack measures to check timber at the point of export.

Let's see who responds first and takes the lead!