PEFC and FSC What does it mean and why is it important?


Friday, December 16, 2016

Ensuring we source Timber from sustainable locations is important to us as suppliers.  These two organisations play a key role in ensuring compliance.



    An international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification is the certification system of choice for small forest owners.


    FSC runs a global forest certification system with two key components: 

    This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products produced from well-managed forests and/or recycled materials.

    What is the difference between FSC® and PEFC?
    FSC® sets specific standards that have to be met by suppliers in the timber trade.

    PEFC is an umbrella brand incorporating different national certification schemes. The end goals of both bodies are the same. Both provide schemes to protect forests and ensure end users get the responsibly sourced timber they requested. 

    Why is it important?

    • Conservation charity WWF found that 50% of consumers had no idea that timber items available for sale in the UK can often come from illegal sources or be the product of unsustainable logging.
    • The government’s Environmental Audit Committee, stated that trade in illegally sourced timber in the UK (measured in 2008) was worth over $1 billion.

    This type of logging can lead to mass deforestation, which in turn contributes to around 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Fundamentally, this means that anyone purchasing timber from an unspecified source could be supporting – albeit unwittingly – an unsustainable timber trade that threatens forests across the world as well as the many people who depend upon them.

    All timber products in the Richard Burbidge branded ranges are FSC or PEFC certified.