If you are interested in becoming an active member of a public advisory group in your area, talk to one of the forest companies in your area that have CSA forest certification.
Biomass and Sustainability
Forest biomass holds untapped promise for reducing society’s dependence on fossil fuels and playing a critical role in the transition to a green economy. However, ensuring forest biomass can fulfill expectations and deliver an expanding source of sustainable and renewable energy is a delicate balance that requires attention on a range of issues.
On November 14th PEFC is convening a multi-stakeholder dialogue event in Vienna, Austria to explore sustainability issues related to expanding use of forest biomass for energy and other industries, and the application of forest certification. Read more about it here.
Certified Forest Products
The number of PEFC Chain of Custody certificates issued in Canada, used to verify the amount of fibre from forests where the practices are certified to the CSA SFM standards, is on the rise.
To learn more about certified forest products, view the information on the PEFC Canada website.
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Making Our Presence Known at Greenbuild 2012
The CSA SFM User Group will have a booth at the US Green Building Council Greenbuild Expo for the fifth consecutive year. This year the show is in San Francisco California, Nov 14-16, 2012.
The booth, with information about the CSA SFM standards and PEFC Chain of Custody, will once again be part of Canada’s reTHINK WOOD Products Showcase. The showcase consists of several Canadian partners exhibiting together for a coordinated, national presence. This will attract more attention than individual displays could and help promote wood as a green building product.
Word about the CSA SFM User Group’s presence at GreenBuild will be broadcasted during two “tweets” posted by McGraw Hill on GreenSource and Architectural Record. The short text messages will let architects and builders know they can learn about sustainable forest products and CSA certified forest management in Canada at booth #3462N. Staff from Canfor will be on hand at the booth to provide some much appreciated help with questions and discussions.
Look for this banner ad in the GreenSource WebInsider e-newsletter at the start of GreenBuild:
If you are attending GreenBuild, be sure to drop by and visit us at Booth #3462N
Advantages of Coupling CSA Forest Certification with PEFC Chain of Custody
The PEFC Chain of Custody (CoC) Working Group confirmed in its last meeting that PEFC CoC certification will satisfy information needs of legislative and regulatory processes such as the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), the U.S. Lacey Act, and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill.
The PEFC Board of Directors requested the working group in December 2011 to revise the PEFC CoC standard to ensure that all certified companies meet the EUTR requirements. Discussions among stakeholder representatives in the working group focussed on options for the implementation of information requirements on a mandatory basis without posing an undue burden on certificate holders not affected by such legislation.
Appropriate requirements will be built into PEFC’s Due Diligence System (DDS), which is an integral part of the CoC standards and therefore a mandatory element in CoC certification. At the same point in time, the PEFC DDS is available as a stand-alone mechanism, offering companies that are not prepared or eligible to obtain full PEFC CoC certification with a tool to demonstrate compliance with EUTR.
The revised PEFC Chain of custody standard with the modified DDS is scheduled to be approved by PEFC in February 2013.
CSA Forest Certification Demands Active Public Participation
Community advisory groups benefit forest companies certified to CSA by helping them shape their sustainable forest management plan with values, objectives, indicators and targets that are credible and relevant at the local level.
To assist with that meetings are periodically held in the forest where existing and potential measures of sustainability are evaluated and discussed.
No other forest certification standard demands the degree of public involvement as that found in the CSA SFM Standard.
And in the Canadian context where 95% of forest lands are publicly owned, this approach just seems like it’s the right thing to do.
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