FSC UK                            SBE0050

Written evidence from FSC UK (Forest Stewardship Council® UK)

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) is a global, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. Our vision is that the world’s forests meet the social, ecological, and economic rights and needs of the present generation without compromising those of future generations, and our mission is to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.

FSC UK is the national office of the Forest Stewardship Council in the United Kingdom. FSC UK is independent of FSC international. It sets forest management standards for the UK by inputting into the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS), promotes the FSC system, and provides an information service. FSC UK (Ephesea UK) is a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 1130203) and a nonprofit making company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (No. 06792524).

 

 

Timber can be a renewable and sustainable construction material and the Climate Change Committee recommended the use of wood in construction as a low embodied carbon material.  The use of timber can help the Government achieve the net zero ambition. However, wood can originate from unsustainable forest management practices which can undermine its benefitsThis risk should be mitigated by sourcing responsibly.

The Government’s Timber Procurement Policy requires procurers and their suppliers to demonstrate that the timber supplied is at a minimum from legal and sustainable sources. Third party, independent forest certification schemes, such as the Forest Stewardship Council, provide a way of defining sustainable forest management as well as verifying that a timber source meets the policy’s definition of sustainability.

When encouraging the use of timber, the importance of sourcing responsibly and in line with the Government’s Timber Procurement Policy should be recognised.

 

May 2021