July 20, 2016
PEFC Asia Promotions Issued PEFCAP Newsletter Vol38
PEFC Asia Promotions issued PEFCAP Newsletter Vol38 dated 18th July 2016.
PEFCAP Newsletter Vol38 reports on the under-mentioned topics.
Please enjoy latest domestic and international PEFC news.
- Sustainable Green Eco-system Council Achieved PEFC Endorsement
- SGEC Forest Certification Forum in Tokyo
- PEFC Project Certification Seminar
- Issuance of “PEFC Fact Sheet 2016”
- Relocation of PEFCAP Office
Newly Certified Companies
- PEFC-certified Cheques from Credit Agricole
- Republic of Korea Joins PEFC
- Green Building ‘s LEED Credit Recognises PEFC (USA)
- Establishment of PEFC Desk in Vietnam
PEFCAP Newsletter Vol38 is available below.
Please enjoy the latest domestic and international PEFC news.
PEFCAP Newsletter vol38
July 13, 2016
PEFC sharpens its focus on Viet Nam
With a committed government, engaged local stakeholders and a new PEFC support office, Viet Nam is well on the road to developing its own national forest certification system in line with PEFC international requirements.
“It is fantastic to be here and see the strong desire from the national government and local stakeholders alike to develop the Vietnam Forest Certification Scheme (VFCS),” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, during his visit to the country. “The progress they have made so far, and the sheer potential for uptake of forest certification, is impressive.” The government’s commitment to establishing the Vietnam Forest Certification Council (VFCC), which will take on the role of running the national system, was once again reiterated by Mr. Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) as he met with Ben for a one-on-one meeting.
“Mr. Gunneberg and Mr. Ha Cong Tuan have made a strong commitment to develop and operate the Vietnam Forest Certification Scheme as soon as is possible,” said Dr. Vu Tan Phuong, Director of International Cooperation and Training. “This will support the forestry industry in meeting market demands, while at the same time will strengthen the ecological functions of our forests, particularly in the context of climate change,” Dr. Phuong continued.
The PEFC Support Desk
Responding to the growing demand for PEFC Chain of Custody certification in the country, Ben’s trip to Viet Nam also included the opening of the new PEFC Support Desk at the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association (HAWA) office in Ho Chi Minh City. This office will act as a center point for providing technical support to the furniture processing hotspot of Ho Chi Minh City, and other adjacent provinces.
“We are happy to welcome international NGOs such as PEFC as they support our members in obtaining PEFC Chain of Custody, and we look forward to using the VFCS to fulfill market requirements,” said Mr. Nguyen Chanh Phuong, Secretary General of HAWA at the opening ceremony.
“Growing PEFC Chain of Custody in Viet Nam is a vital component of expanding PEFC-certified products on the global market. Significant volumes of PEFC-certified wood are currently imported to Viet Nam for product manufacturing, and then re-exported to markets worldwide. Moreover, domestic PEFC-certified sources will also soon be available,” remarked Ben.
“We therefore look forward to collaborating with stakeholders to increase production of PEFC-certified product in Viet Nam.”
June 29, 2016
Republic of Korea becomes the latest PEFC member
“We are very happy and proud to officially become part of the PEFC family,” said Hyemi Lee, from the Korea Forestry Promotion Institute (KoFPI), following the acceptance of Republic of Korea as a PEFC National member.
“We faced many difficulties during the development of our Korea Forest Certification Scheme, therefore the help and support we received for the whole PEFC alliance has been invaluable.” “As well as the vital information from PEFC International, we also received help from other PEFC National members, in particular from Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan and Malaysia, to name a few,” Ms. Lee continued.
“We appreciate the opportunity to support Korea in the development of their national forest certification system,” said Ben Gunneberg, PEFC International CEO. “One of the great strengths of PEFC is the high level of adaptability of national standards to local conditions.”
“PEFC members around the world have accumulated a wealth of experience working with people on the ground to establish sustainable forest management requirements responding to their needs while responding to international expectations, and we're looking forward to sharing knowledge with KoFPI,” Mr. Gunneberg continued.
The move towards PEFC
“While forest certification has been present in Republic of Korea for the last few years, the current models are not well suited to our national conditions,” continued Ms. Lee, explaining the motivation to develop a national forest certification system in line with PEFC’s international requirements.
“As voices urging the implementation of their own certification system, which reflects the distinct characteristics of Korean forests, grew among stakeholders, the Korea Forest Certification Council (KFCC) was established,” Ms. Lee explained.
The KFCC has since conducted various activities such as the development of national standards and pilot tests. Applying and becoming a PEFC member was an important step towards the submission of the national system to PEFC.
“Furthermore, we are going to apply for PEFC endorsement within this year,” Ms. Lee concluded. “We believe that through PEFC endorsement we can promote and spread sustainable forest management.
June 17, 2016
Report on “SGEC Forest Certification Form in Tokyo”
“Forum for Further Development and Internationalization of Forest Certification 2016”,
was held on 7th June at Ichijo Hall of the University of Tokyo under the sponsorship of SGEC, co-sponsorship of PEFC Asia Promotions and support from Forestry Agency of Japan. The purpose of the form was to celebrate and report on the PEFC’s endorsement of SGEC,
which was officially conferred to SGEC on 3rd of June with the main theme focusing upon the rising opportunities and challenges related to the further development of Japan’s forest certification system and its internationalization. The forum was honored by the presence of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, who also honored with her presence “Promotion of Forest Certification System of Japan in Future” held in October 2014 in commemoration of the participation of SGEC
in International PEFC and the 10th anniversary of PEFC Asia Promotions. Her Imperial Highness Takamado
commended in her words the efforts of all the dedicated people who had worked towards gaining this recognition by PEFC with words of congratulation and expectation for the role of SGEC as an international forest certification system in both English and Japanese.
The forum started with the opening address by SGEC Chairman Dr. Satohiko Sasaki, to which followed the words of congratulations from the distinguished guests, Mr. Satoshi Imai, Director General of Forestry Agency of Japan, Mr. Ben Gunneberg, CEO of International PEFC and Mr. Alun Watkins, executive Director PEFC UK.After a short break, lectures were given first by Prof. Kazuhito Shiga,
University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Life & Environmental Sciences
on “The role of forest certification system in the future at the new-environmental
era", then by Mr. Kiyoo Nakagawa, Director of SGEC on “The role of
SGEC as international forest certification system in the future at the
new-environmental era". Thanks to all of those various distinguished
guests and their presentations, SGEC Forest Certification Forum became
a very variegated and valuable event.
With the strong perspective that certified wood and paper will be used for facilities, buildings, wood products and printed matters related to 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, industry and society’s interest in forest certification is rising sharply. Reflecting this trend, as many as 300 people attended the forum and celebrated SGEC’s great achievement.
In addition, two days after the forum, PEFC Project Certification Seminar was held at a conference room of SGEC on 9th June. This seminar was organized taking advantage of the presence of Mr. Alun Watkins, Executive Director of PEFC UK, who was deeply engaged in and greatly contributed to the outstanding achievement of “100% certified status” of London’s Olympic Park, for which application of project certification was indispensable. Mr. Watkins willingly agreed to come to Japan and talk on the case of the PEFC project certification applied to the constructions related to the Olympic Park used for 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Showing the rise of interest in forest certification here again, about 65 people attended the seminar mainly from construction, building materials and wood product industries.
May 23, 2016
PEFC-certified cheques from Crédit Agricole
Clients at French bank Crédit Agricole can now enjoy their new sustainable cheque books, made with paper originating from PEFC-certified, sustainably managed forests. The largest banking network in France and the leading retail bank in Europe, Crédit Agricle has chosen PEFC certification for its cheques. The objective is twofold: reaffirming the banks commitment to the sustainable management of our forests and meeting the expectations of its customers.
According to a study conducted by the Group in October 2014, almost one quarter of their customers wish to have environmentally friendly cheques. In 2015, Crédit Agricole issued 23.4 million cheques.
Cheques in figures:
• The fourth most common payment method in France
• 71% of cheques issued in the EU are in France
• In 2013, the French used an average of 37 cheques per person
A pioneering step
“Two years ago, Crédit Agricole was the first bank to launch an environmentally friendly bank card, and enrolled in a bank card recycling process,” said Stanislas Pottier, Director of Sustainable Development for the Crédit Agricole S.A, explaining that this measure is part of the Group’s comprehensive approach.
The choice of PEFC is according to him “a major issue, as the responsible management of forests is an important tool in the fight against climate change.”
“This initiative from Crédit Agricole allows a virtuous act to become a daily gesture,” said Marc-Antoine de Sèze, President of PEFC France. “We are convinced that by choosing a certified product, everyone can contribute to the protection of our environment.”
Apri 18, 2016
Green Building’s LEED Credit Recognises PEFC
The green building movement – from architects and builders to specifiers and planners - can now benefit from an expanded range of responsibly sourced timber and forest products eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has just issued an Alternative Compliance Path (ACP). The ACP rewards building projects that use "wood products from certified sources as defined by ASTM D7612-10", which includes internationally recognized voluntary forest certification standards such as PEFC (including its North American based members ATFS, CSA and SFI) and FSC. The ACP will apply to all LEED v4 rating systems including Homes v4 and to all LEED 2009 rating systems.
“Sustainable, PEFC-certified timber provides architects and the construction industry with great opportunities,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International.
“The possibilities are rather exciting in addressing challenges such as climate change, growing populations and urbanization, especially as wood offers innovative building solutions with a minimal environmental footprint.”
With LEED now including PEFC, construction projects can in the future obtain both LEED and PEFC Project Chain of Custody certification.
“The construction industry is one of the largest buyers of timber products - this means the sector has a huge influence on the type of timber in demand,” emphasized Mr. Gunneberg. “With PEFC-certified timber offering the widest choice of sustainable timber available to architects, specifiers and designers, we are poised to see an increase of wood used in construction.”
Wood is an increasingly popular choice for construction because of its aesthetic qualities, and numerous environmental benefits - including renewability and a lower carbon footprint than other materials. Forest certification provides evidence that wood originates from sustainable managed forests.
PEFC, the world's leading forest certification system, is recognized by green building councils globally and has received top scores in independent evaluations, for example by the UK government.
Mar 30, 2016
Issuance of "PEFC Fact Sheet" (Japanese)
PEFC Asia Promotions has issued "PEFC Fact Sheet 2016". This document provides the latest basic information on PEFC and SGEC,
addingd answers to the questions frequently and recently asked.
We hope that the document will help our stakeholders in their understanding of forest certification, PEFC, SGEC and some related issues.
「PEFC Fact Sheet 2016 (Japanese)」
Mar 23, 2016
Report on the 35th Japan Kenzai Fair
The 35th Japan Kenzai Fair was successfully held on 18th and 19th March at Tokyo
Big Sight, attracting over 20,000 visitors from all over Japan. as usual.
As a special contribution from the event's organizer, Japan Kenzai Co., Ltd., a gigantic panel was displayed on a wall near the entrance, showing all forest certification logo marks (PEFC, SGEC, FSC), drawing much attention of the visitors.
Reflecting the increasing interests of the building materials industry in forest certification, being influenced by the news that certified wood will be used for constructions of building and facilities related to 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games , many visitors came to the Joint PEFC/SGEC booth.
Mar 10, 2016
PEFC Comments on WWF 's Concern Over IFCC Audit
WWF had made claims concerning the credibility of certification audits in Indonesia.
To these claims, PEFC has recently announced response comments.
PEFC Comment on WWF Claims(English）
Mar 9, 2016
Report on SGEC Forum “Current Situation of Forest Certification in Asia and the Way to Promote in Japan”
The captioned forum was held on 7th March 2016 (Mon) at Mokuzai Kaikan Big Hall in Tokyo.
The forum was organized by Sustainable Green Eco-system Council (SGEC) and supported by Forestry Agency of Japan, PEFC Asia Promotions and the Council for the Promotion of Sustainable Japanese Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Products (SJAF)
It was a very timely event considering that the process of PEFC’s endorsement of SGEC is in the final stage and CEO of PEFC International, Mr. B. Gunneberg was visiting Japan as a part of his Asia and Oceania outreach marketing activity.
Following the opening address by Chairman of SGEC, Prof. Satohiko Sasaki and the congratulatory address by Deputy Director General of Forestry Agency of Japan Mr. Shuji Oki and the keynote address by Mr. B. Gunneberg, six guest speakers/panelists made presentations on their company’s/organisation’s policy, activity and expectations related to the promotion of legal and sustainable forest-based materials/products and forest certification such as PEFC and SGEC respectively.
After this, a panel discussion was held, chaired by Prof. Kusao Endo, Chairman of forest-related NGO. During the session, many comments were presented actively, representing the voices from the actual business scenes, on the themes such as the challenges that the promotion of forest certification is facing with and business potentials of PEFC’s endorsement of SGEC, etc. The increasing expectation of the industries and society for the expansion of the use of certified materials/products was clearly demonmstrated, especially in relation to 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. A total 180 attendees shared the feel of necessity for collaboration and cooperation for the expansion of forest certification in Japan, thus making the forum a very meaningful event.
Feb 16, 2016
PEFC/SGEC Submitted Feedback to the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic/Paralympic Games
Early this year The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic/Paralympic Games (TOCOPG) published the framework of its high-level sustainability management plan and sourcing code, and conducted a public consultation for accepting suggestions and feedbacks from the stakeholders in public with the deadline set on 12th February.
The above-mentioned plan and sourcing code define “sustainability” mainly from three aspects, “environment: conservation of ecological conditions and biodiversity, water and soil quality, encouragement of the use of recycled materials” and “social: respect of human rights, adequate labor conditions, safety and health” and “economy: fair trade and rural development, etc.”, This completely fits the core ideology of forest certification as defined and included in its relevant standards and rules.
Responding to the public consultation, PEFC International submitted a proposal to TOCOPG that certified forest-based materials to forest certification such as PEFC and SGEC should be used for construction of buildings and facilities and paper used for printed matters and tickets related to 2020 Tokyo Games, emphasizing that such fits the principles of the sustainability perfectly.
Separate from this, Council for the Promotion of Sustainable Japanese Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Products (SJAF), established last January by 8 certification, verification or promotion organisations of primary industries such as agricultural, fishery, livestock and forestry for the purpose of promoting the use of safe and sustainable Japanese foodstuffs and wood/paper for 2020 Tokyo Games also submitted a proposal consistent to the purpose.
The member organisations of the association are;-
・Japan Fisheries Association
・Japan Livestock Industry Association
・Japan Good Agricultural Practice
・Japan Foodist Association
・Japan Accreditation Board
・Sustainable Green Eco-system Council
Jan 22, 2016
Hungary Became Latest PEFC Member
On 20th January, PEFC International reported on its website that Hungary became the latest and 41st PEFC member country with the participatin of
Hungarian Forest Certification Non-profit Ltd. in PEFC Council.
Jan 15, 2016
Report on 2015 PEFC Week and General Assembly
On 14 January 2016, PEFC Asia Promotions issued PEFCAP Newsletter Vol.37, which features PEFC Week and General Assembly held last December
at Geneva, Switzerland. Some topics were selected from the agenda and summarised for the interest of the Japanse stakeholders.
PEFCAP Newsletter Vol. 37 is available below.
Report on PEFC Week and General Assembly 2015(PEFCAP Newsletter Vol.37)
Jan 6, 2016
PEFC FAQ 2016 will be ready soon
Recently we are increasingly receiving inquiries about forest certification, PEFC and SGEC reflecting the unveiled perspective that certified materials will be used for the constructions of buildings and manufacturing facilities related to 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
For responding such inquiries, PEFC Asia Promotions is creating PEFC FAQ 2016 which answers to the recently most frequently asked questions now. PEFC FAQ 2016 will be completed and uploaded onto PEFC Asia Promotions website shortly.
Dec 24, 2015
New National Stadium Japan will adopt Design Proposal “A” titled “Wood and Green”
Use of Certified Wood Materials Decided
On 22nd December, the related cabinet conference determined to adopt Design Proposal “A” for New National Stadium Japan to be used for 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
During the past 26 months after 2013 September’s IOC decision that 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games shall be hosted by the city of Tokyo, we forest certification systems, PEFC and SGEC, have developed a campaign to all relevant organizations and groups such as the central government, Tokyo government, Organizing Committee taking all kinds of opportunities that certified wood and paper products should be used for 2020 Tokyo Games.
Reflecting such appeals, it is envisaged that wood will be used plentifully for the new stadium, being roofed by a hybrid of wood and iron, and such woods will be certified to forest certification such as SGEC(PEFC).
With the anticipated involvement of many and variety of groups and companies from governments, industries, academics and NGOs in the process of preparation and realization of 2020 Tokyo Games, it is much expected that this decision and announcement will give significant influence over the understanding and knowledge of forest certification in the Japanese society.