Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Despite tough challenges, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Cameroon are working hard to deliver the assurance of timber legality required by their European business partners. Their latest tactic is to form a new national federation to facilitate dialogue and trade.
Former Greenpeace senior forest campaigner and prominent voice in the FSC community Judy Rodrigues recently joined NEPCon to work on forest conservation projects. In this interview, she ventures her thoughts on the future of FSC.
One of Latvia's largest softwood sawmill companies, AKZ SIA, has earned a Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) certificate for its wood pellet production. AKZ relies on FSC certified material and FSC Controlled Wood to prove the responsible origin of their feedstock.
The European Court of Auditors has called for the EU FLEGT Programme to change gear in order to achieve tangible results faster. NEPCon forest legality expert Christian Sloth shares his thoughts on how FLEGT may build on and learn from certification schemes.
In a new advice note, FSC permits FSC certificate holders to include pre-consumer reclaimed paper when calculating FSC certified volumes. The advice note is effective immediately.
NEPCon has issued a Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) certificate to wood pellet producer SBE Latvia. The company is the first in Europe and only the second in the world to earn this credential, expected to be in strong demand by European energy companies.
FSC has launched the second round of consultation for the revised Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard. Sensible changes, says NEPCon CoC expert Roman Polyachenko, who welcomes the new draft.
Until now, companies have used their own risk assessments in countries without an FSC-endorsed national or central risk assessment. Company assessments were to be eliminated from the FSC system by the end of 2015. However, FSC has decided to postpone the phase-out.
Since the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into force in 2013, timber testing has evolved to become a key due diligence tool. Industries, authorities and NGOs increasingly turn to the scientists to discover which timbers are hidden in wood products.
To increase its supply of FSC certified material in Romania, IKEA is facilitating FSC certification of supply chain companies and forests in the country. NEPCon recently issued 25 FSC chain of custody certificates resulting from this effort.
Today, the Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) announced its approval of NEPCon as the world's first SBP certifier.
A ground-breaking CSR project seeks to help Danish companies in responsible sourcing of forest risk commodities such as palm oil, soya, beef and rawhide. Several leading retailers in Denmark back the initiative.