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Dec 5, 2016
PEFC Certified Christmas Trees Take Center Stage in European Cities

PEFC-certified Christmas trees can be found all around Europe this Christmas, but one of the best places to go is Italy - with several of its cities and towns choosing trees from the country’s certified forests.
In Rome, spruce trees from the PEFC-certified forests of Val di Fiemme in northeast Italy are decorating all the municipalities and suburbs of the nation’s capital. The two largest trees, both 25 meters tall, can be found in front of the Coliseum and in the Piazza Venezia, at the heart of the city. You can even see the arrival of the tree in Piazza Venezia.
Further north in Milan, the traditional Christmas tree in the Piazza Duomo – the city’s central square – is from the forests of Commezzadura, in the Trentino region of northeast Italy. Once the Christmas role of this giant 30 meter tree (picture above) is over, the wood will be used to build 60 benches for the municipal parks of Milan.
In Florence, a 15 meter fir from the PEFC certified forest of Zoncolan, in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of northeast Italy, is adorning the famous Piazza del Duomo (picture below). In addition, sixteen more Christmas trees from the same region can be found around many of the squares and neighborhoods of the city.
Remaining in Tuscany, where it has become tradition over the years, the Forest Consortium dell'Amiata has provided PEFC-certified firs to the municipalities of Grosseto, Arcidosso, Castel del Piano, Seggiano, Castell'Azzara, Santa Fiora, Montalcino, Roccalbegna, semproniano, Cinigiano and Siena. Each municipality also received a statement that was placed at the base of the firs, which you can see here (in Italian).

However it is not just Italy where you can find PEFC-certified Christmas trees this Christmas. In Strasbourg, France, the 30 meter tall Christmas tree adorning the Place Kléber, the city’s central square, is from the PEFC certified forests of Bresse in eastern France. In Denmark, a beautiful 22 meter tall PEFC-certified Christmas tree from the Gribskov forest, is on display in City Hall Square in Copenhagen.
In London, Norway’s annual gift of a Christmas tree (picture right) to the UK is once again from a PEFC-certified forest in the Ostmarka area just outside Oslo. The traditional annual gift will be the 68th in the series of trees donated by Oslo to London that symbolizes the good relations that exist between both nations.
In Germany, the Hessian federal state parliament received a gift of a PEFC certified tree from the Hessian forest owner association. This five meter nordmann fir came from one of the local PEFC-certified forests and is now on display to visitors in the parliament building entrance hall.
Being from a PEFC-certified area ensures that the forests from which the trees have been taken are all managed under strict controls and guidelines, to ensure that the forests and products leaving them are legal and sustainable. PEFC is a unique global certification system which works by endorsing national forest certification systems and with over 260 million hectares of certified forests across 35 countries, is the world’s largest forest certification system.

Nov 29, 2016
PEFC and SGEC Exhibit at Eco-products 2016

International forest certification system PEFC and Sustainable Green Eco-system Council will exhibit jointly at Eco-products 2016 which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight for three days beginning from 8th December 2016.

With the expectation that certified wood and paper will be preferably used for the construction projects and printed matters related to the forthcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, social interests in forest certification is rising sharply.
At PEFC/SGEC booth, various materials and sample certified products of both PEFC and SGEC will be displayed.

Please come and see us!

Event details
Date and Time: 8th -10th December 2016
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight East 1 Hall, "Eco-life Starting from Forests" Area Booth # F-24
Stand title:"International Forest Certification System PEFC/Sustainable Green Eco-system Council (SGEC)"

Nov 21, 2016
Kyushu-made Certified Wood Promotion Seminar in Tokyo

Under the sponsorship of Kyushu Economic Federation and support from Kyushu Forest Management Office of Forestry Agency of Japan and the Kyushu’s seven prefectures, “Kyushu-made Certified Wood Promotion Seminar in Tokyo” will be held on 5thg December.
The seminar aims to invigorate the forest and timber industry of Kyushu by way of promotion of Kyushu-made wood and appeals the use of Kyushu-made wood for the facilities related to 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
If you are interested, please refer to the under-mentioned details. Your attendance is much welcomed.

“Kyushu-made Certified Wood Promotion Seminar in Tokyo”
Date and Time: 5th December 2016 (Mon) 15:00-17:00 (registration: 14:30)
Venue: Tekko Kaikan Rm 801 (8F) (3-2-10 Kayaba-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Details: Invitation letter (Japanese) Seminar Program (Japanese)

Nov 10, 2016
Collaboration between Forest Certification and Financial Institution

On 10th November, Daily Japan Forest Products Journal reported on the Memorandum dated 24th October and agreed between Kanuma Forest Certification Council and the local financial institution, Kanuma Mutual Credit Cooperative (KMCC), for promoting the use of Kanuma-made certified forest products in relation to the recent acquisition of the SGEC’s FM and COC certification by Kanuma Forest Certification Council.
Based upon the Memorandum, the interest rate of the housing loans provided by KMCC applied to the houses in which certified wood is used will be set at 0.1% lower than usual.

Increase of demand for certified products and COC certificate holders is expected as a result of this collaboration between forest certification system and financial institution, and PEFC welcomes this initiative as a good contributor for the spread of sustainably managed forests, promotion of the local forestry and economic development of the local economy.

Nov 1, 2016
First Latvian private forest owners achieve PEFC certification!

Private forest owners in Latvia have reason to celebrate as the private forest association MA Krāslava becomes the first in the country to achieve PEFC sustainable forest management certification through PEFC Group Certification. Thanks to this, 23 individual forest owners have been able to certify their forests – together covering 417 hectares.

“We are extremely happy that the first forest owners have begun to benefit from the possibilities offered by PEFC Group Certification,” said Martins Ailts, Board member of PEFC Latvia.

“PEFC certification enables them to demonstrate sustainable forest management, gives them access to the certified timber market, and provides them with the possibility to attract some support from the government,” Mr. Ailts continued.

“A wish to be the best and the opportunities that certification offers were the driving force for us to achieve our certificate,” said Valērijs Drozdovs, group manager, explaining their reasons for gaining PEFC certification.

Oct 25, 2016
Several PEFC-certified consumer goods are on sale now!

One of the products is a series of paper containers for liquid manufactured by Paper Packaging Division of Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. These paper containers are used for 12 dairy products such as milk, coffee milk and other drinks manufactured by Saitama-based Mori Dairy Industries Co., Ltd.
This is the first case that PEFC-certified paper is used for liquid containers in Japan and it is expected that this will gain momentum for the rapid increase of environmentally-friendly paper containers in Japan.

Another case is a series of color pencils manufactured by Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. titled “Hollo nature canned 12 colors” and “Hello nature gift set”.
This is also the first case that Japanese-made PEFC-certified pencils were produced and placed on the market in Japan and we expect that it will much contribute to a rapid spread of environmentally-friendly stationery such as PEFC-certified pencils.
For the details of these products, please access to the under-mentioned website.

Oct 3, 2016
Report on “Fukushima Seminar “Toward Using Certified Materials for International Sports Stadiums and Facilities”

The seminar was held on 29th September with the sponsorship of Wood and Plywood Museum, co-sponsorship of Fukushima Federation of Wood Industry Associations and a support by Forestry Agency of Japan.

Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are over now and next will come 2020 Tokyo. A sense of need is spreading nationwide for using locally-produced environmentally-friendly wood and paper.

Reflecting such atmosphere, many people gathered at Koriyama city’s Big Pallet to attend the seminar, representing various relative local industries such as forestry, timbering, architecture, construction and administrative organisations.

The seminar program, presided over by Dr. Yasuhiko Hirakawa, Deputy Director of Wood and Plywood Museum, included the following presentations;
  - “Meaning of Use of Certified Materials/Product for International Sports Facilities”
   by Mr. Haruyoshi Takeuchi, Director, PEFC Asia Promotions
  - “The Present Conditions of Locally-produced Certified Wood
   by Mr. Takehiro Sekine, Chairman of Minami-aizu Association for Promotion of Forest
    Certification and Mr. Masahumi Ono, President of Iwakizorin Co., Ltd.
  - “Present Situation of Forests and Timber in Fukushima; Current Conditions of the Dose of
   Radioactivity in Forest Space, and the Business of Inspection and Development of Production
   Technology of Safe Wood Products”
   by Mr. Yoshiaki Munakata, Executive Director of Fukushima Federation for Wood Industry

During the questions and answers session held after the presentations, were discussed themes such as overcoming the hurdles of participation in forest certification by small-sized forest owners, the reality of cleansing of radioactivity in Fukushima and the possibility of inclusion of radioactivity cleansing requirement in the forest certification standards.

The seminar was concluded by exchanging yells for encouraging everyone’s participation and efforts for realizing the use of Fukushima-made certified wood for 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sep 12, 2016
PEFC Project COC Certification Brochure Available in Japanese

PEFC Asia Promotions issued Japanese PEFC Project COC Certification brochure in response to the increasing industries' interests in the constrction of environmentally-friendly wooden buildings such as sports stadiums, international or national convention halls, schools and other public facilities.

This brochure is for the use of contractors, architects and designers and those others who are involved in planning and constracting such wooden buildings Contracors, and is available now in both English and Japanese.

PEFC Project COC Certification (English)
PEFC Project COC Certification (Japanese)
The Japanese version is also available by accessing to the PEFCAP Newsletter and Panphlets page of this web site.

PEFC Asia Promotions Newsletters and PEFC Pamphlets

Sep 7, 2016
Mäihä leads the way for PEFC project certification in Scandinavia

Scandinavia celebrated its first building awarded with PEFC project certification as Mäihä, a wooden apartment block, was unveiled at the Seinäjoki Housing Fair in Finland this July. Lakea Oy, the company responsible for the construction of the building, received their PEFC certificate at a special ceremony before the start of the Housing Fair.

The certificate was issued by DNV GL, an independent certification body responsible for verifying the origin of the materials throughout the construction project, from the start to the finish.

Interesting and challenging
“With it being the first PEFC-certified property in the Nordic countries, this building project has been both interesting and challenging,” said Pia Tilli, DNV GL's Sales and Marketing Manager, during the certificate giving ceremony at Seinäjoki.

“The origin of wood in both the structure and the small wooden features has been cleared and secured,” Ms. Tilli continued.

“The high quality and their refusal to compromise is clear to see in the beautiful finishing and final output. And despite the tight schedule, this PEFC project was completed as planned.”

Nearly a thousand cubic meters of timber
Mäihä was built with modules made of PEFC-certified cross laminated timber (CLT) provided by Stora Enso. The modules were prefabricated in Hartola mill, ready for assembly in the construction site. The prefabricated elements include windows, doors and kitchen units.
In all, 990 m³ of timber was used for the building structure, exterior cladding, other structures, fixtures and decor.
“We are very pleased with the completion of this project,” said Timo Mantila, Chief Executive Officer of Lakea Oy.

“Our success is based on the fact that our suppliers and the project’s other partners were strongly committed to the implementation of PEFC certification."
“We can say that Mäihä is entirely made of wood,” continued Mr. Mantila.
“One of the advantages of wood construction is speed. The foundations were started in November, and now just half a year later the building is ready for residential use.”

High quality finish
Development Director for the Finnish Housing Cooperative Heikki Vuorenpää congratulated the completion of Mäihä:
“That the end result is of high quality is an important issue for the Housing Fair. The sustainable origin of the wood is the quality factor, which supports the Housing Fair as a whole.”

PEFC project certification
PEFC Project Chain of Custody certification is a specific form of Chain of Custody certification that allows companies to take advantage of PEFC certification for their projects. Project certification was designed as a mechanism for gaining independent verification of the use of certified timber in a one-off project such as a construction project which has a limited duration.

For more information about Mäihä.
Marketing Manager Juha Uppa, PEFC Finland / tel. 045 118 9585
Chief Executive Officer Timo Mantila, Lakea Oy / tel. 050 581 8097

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
International News
- 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;-
・FRIA Support
・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.

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