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Vietnams's FSC national certification standard announced

14-02-2020
Vietnam, FSC, national standard, national certification, forest management, sustainable, responsible wood processing, trade

The FSC national standard for Vietnam was announced in Hanoi on 7th January 2020. This national standard is being promoted as a tool for Vietnam to manage its forests sustainably and at the same time promote responsible wood processing and trade. According to Vu Thi Que Anh, Country Director, FSC Vietnam, the national standard will be effective …

MTCC aims to expand scope of certification with 5-year strategy plan

03-02-2020
Malaysia, certification, Malaysian Timber Certification Council, PEFC, FMU, FMPU, Chain of Custody, forest management, strategy

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council has the ambition to expand certification and has developed a 5 year strategy to increase the number of certified FMU to 40 and the number of timber companies certified under CoC to 600, reported ITTO. There are currently 4.37 million hectares of PEFC Certified Forests (as of 31 Dec. 2019) in 16 FMUs and …

New measures in Japan to increase certification of sustainably sourced materials

19-12-2019
Japan, certification, sustainably sourced materials, wood, forest management, FSC, PEFC, tax, law

Contemporary Japanese design made of wood has always been popular, yet the promotion of certified sustainably sourced materials seems absent, according to a report in the Japan Times FSC launched a Japan standard certification This year, however, the government introduced a new forest management law and forest tax, which it says is designed to …

Stora Enso to move its head office to new wooden building in Helsinki

14-11-2019
Sotra Enso, new wood building, Helsinki, LEED Platinum environmental certification, sustainability

Stora Enso is partnering with the Finnish pension insurance company Varma in the construction of a new head office in the centre of Helsinki, Finland. Stora Enso will lease part of the building, which will showcase world-class modern wooden architecture. The building is expected to be completed in 2023, as the company says in its press …

Singapore plans to expand chain of custody certification and responsible sourcing of forest products

16-10-2019
PEFC, Chain of Custody certification scheme, Asia

As a big consumer of imported materials, Singapore is being encouraged to become a centre of influence, committed to responsible procurement from the Asian region’s forests and plantations, said Ben Gunneberg, PEFC International CEO. He was speaking at a Roundtable and Lunch at Grand Copthorne Hotel on 19 September. The event was attended …

Editor’s pickAmerican hardwoods do not need to be certified, concludes revised Seneca Creek Study

10-09-2019
Seneca Creek report, AHEC, certification, legal, sustainable

One of the projects where American hardwoods have been specified (Photo credit: AHEC)   American hardwoods are legal and sustainable in line with all relevant international standards, according to the recently revised Seneca Creek ‘Assessment of Lawful Harvesting & Sustainability of U.S. Hardwood Exports’, as well as the …

Editor’s pickSGS Expands Furniture Services to Assist Vietnam’s Growing Furniture Export Industry

09-09-2019
SGS, expansion, furniture services, inspection, verification, testing, certification, Vietnam

SGS,  global leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has responded to Vietnam’s recent 7.9 per cent growth in gross domestic product and the opportunities for international trade this presents to the furniture industry, with an expansion in capabilities. Despite a long history of domestic furniture …

Market Trends for Tropical Timber in Europe

12-07-2019
Certification, FLEGT

Workshop 1 of the First IMM Trade Consultation held in London on 8 March 2018 focused on reasons for the 15-year decline in tropical wood import volume and share in the EU, future market prospects and the role FLEGT licensing could play in reversing the market trend. Participants had experience of UK, Netherlands, German, and Belgian …

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