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Environment & Sustainability

Sonae Arauco, a producer of wood-based panels and solutions, has announced that its Innovus MFC decorative product range has won the Green Product Award 2022 in the Interior and Lifestyle category.The Green Product Award recognises sustainable designs on a global stage. Innovus MFC is a decorative wood particleboard panel...
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has announced today that its 2022 chain-of-custody (CoC) standard has met the third-party assessment of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).Organisations certified to SFI’s 2022 CoC standard can now apply the PEFC on-product label and make PEFC claims, giving them more...
Stora Enso has launched a biodiversity programme and related targets for its land holdings in Sweden, which covers the company’s forest land in Sweden, and has five focus areas, each with specific actions and measurable targets for 2030.According to the press release by Stora Enso, the company now...
Malaysia has announced there will be no new licences issued for forest plantation projects.Meanwhile, none of Malaysia's states have been reported to have exceeded the annual felling quota set by the government or issued new licences for forest plantation projects, said the Federal Energy and Natural Resources Ministry which...
Henkel Australia has begun using electricity generated fully from renewable energy sources at its adhesive plants in Seven Hills, New South Wales, and Kilsyth, Victoria.According to Henkel's press release, the adhesive plants serve a range of industries, such as flexible packaging, engineered wood, food and beverage, steel, paper, mining,...
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has announced that the PEFC International Board has suspended the National Forest Certification System of Belarus, following a request by PEFC Belarus.PEFC Belarus informed PEFC International that it is experiencing a delay in the periodic review of its system documentation....
According to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the board of directors of FSC Russia has decided to end its contractual relationship with FSC International due to operational and staff concerns amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict.As of 8 Apr 2022, all services, activities and member-related activities undertaken by FSC Russia...
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has announced that they will suspend FSC certificates in the invaded regions of Ukraine, with effect from 4 May 2022.According to FSC, this reason for this decision took into account how government legislation "cannot be enforced" in Ukraine conflict regions, and it is "not...
Entries for the annual World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2022 are now open, including the Best Use of Certified Timber prize supported by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).The WAF Awards are for work completed, end date 30 Jun 2022, or started since January 2021. The entry deadline...
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International Board of Directors has released a statement that they will suspend all trading certificates in Russia and block all controlled wood sourcing from the country.This means that wood and forest products from Russia cannot be used in FSC products or be sold as...