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External publications

Section to highlight publications relevant to CPET

This section lists publications selected by CPET relevant for public procurement policies on timber with the latest publications at the top.

Content of reports and publications does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the UK Government or CPET unless stated otherwise. The authors of the reports or the websites where they are published should be referenced.

Press Articles

Legality and Sustainability

Timber in Construction - Spring 2011

What is actually required to ensure legality and sustainability of timber and wood-products used on a construction site?  For many observers - some clarity.  Sofie Tind Nielsen provides the definitive answer.

See the complete article here.

EU Ban: Be Prepared for Due Diligence

Timber in Construction - Winter 2010

In 2008, the European Commission proposed a regulation that would strengthen efforts to reduce illegal timber products coming into the EU.  In October 2010, the EU Council of Ministers formally adopted the Illegal Timber Regulation (ITR).  This will apply to all Member States from March 2013. 

See the article in full here.

BREEAM and the UK government policy

BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is a key environmental assessment method for buildings and is used on both construction and refurbishment projects.  Nick Moss explains the relationship between the UK timber procurement policy and BREEAM in this article published in 2010. 

Policy & Procurement - be prepared

Timber in Construction - Autumn 2010

CPET Awareness Coordinator, Nick Moss, discusses the importance of sustainable timber procurement policies in the public sector and the role the construction industry can play.

See article here.

Procuring Favorably 

ITTO Tropical Forest Update 19 No 3, 2010.

Download full update here

Buying Time?

By Markku Simula, 2010

Timber-procurement policies have a role to play in promoting the sustainable management of tropical forests.

Download the article here

Out on a Limb

By Sofie Tind Nielsen, CPET, 2010

Sofie Tind Nielsen, project manager for the UK’s Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET), provides the UK perspective on timber procurement

Download the article here

Public Sector Procurement

PEFC website, October 2010

Public sector procurement  has a highly influential role to play in incentivising changes in forest management around the globe and this article cites examples of public sector procurement policies and voluntary guidelines in current use. 

View the article here.


PEFC UK - Sustainable Timber Products - A Guide to Procurement for the Public Sector

By PEFC UK, January 2013

Aware of the importance of promoting sustainable forest management, national and local governments around the world have made sustainable timber procurement a key requirement of public purchasing. PEFC is a valuable tool for local authorities keen to develop and implement a green public procurement policy for sustainable timber procurement.

See the report here. .

An assessment of the impacts of the UK Government’s timber procurement policy

By Efeca as commissioned by Defra, November 2010

The aim of this research was to undertake an assessment of the impacts of the UK Government’s timber procurement policy to date. The analysis focused on three key parts: the impact on trade and on sustainable forest management; the role of the UK Government as a leader in developing and harmonising timber procurement policies; and the role of CPET.

See the report here.

ETTF Annual Survey: The European Market For Verified Legal And Sustainable Timber

by Andre de Boer and Gunther Hentschel, European Timber Trade Federation, April 2011 

European market study on the performance of six countries in purchasing verified legal and sustainable timber.   The countries chosen represent the vast majority of tropical timber imports, i.e. Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

View the report here.

Controlling illegal logging: consumer country measures

by Duncan Brack and Jon Buckrell

Chatham House Briefing Paper - March 2011

Consumer countries contribute to the problems of illegal logging by importing timber and wood products without ensuring that they are legally sourced. Over the last few years, however, they have taken a series of measures to try to ensure that they exclude illegal timber products from their markets.

See the paper here.

FLEGT licensed timber and EU Member State Procurement Policies

The UK governments policy require timber to be from legal and sustainable or FLEGT licensed sources when it will be available. The European Forest Institute’s EU FLEGT Facility has commissioned a Briefing Note with the aim to examine the extent to which FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) help deliver the objectives of public procurement policies. Based on the development of the first FLEGT VPAs, it is now clear that the agreements deliver much more than legality and sustainability at the forest management unit level. The briefing note explains how the VPAs complement forest certification and can help public procurement policies deliver a wider set of policies aimed at promoting and supporting long term sustainability of forests. The briefing note is produced by Proforest and funded by EC, the UK, the Netherlands, France and Finland.

See the Briefing Note here

State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) Review 2010

by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the International Institute for Environment and Development, Aidenvironment, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and ENTWINEDEnvironment and Trade in a World of Interdependenceresearch consortium.

The SSI Review 2010 represents the most up-to-date and comprehensive overview of major voluntary sustainability standards and initiatives including FSC, PEFC and SFI under forestry and provide detailed information on market performance, governance, criteria coverage and implementation practices.

See the paper here.

Illegal Logging and Related Trade: Indicators of the Global Response,

By Sam Lawson and Larry MacFaul, Chatham House, July 2010

This in-depth study of twelve producer, processing and consumer countries demonstrates that actions taken by governments, civil society and the private sector over the last ten years in response to illegal logging and related trade have been extensive and had a considerable impact.

Find support documents and further information here

CPET article on the report here  

The Pros and Cons of Procurement: Developments and Progress in Timber-Procurement Policies as Tools for Promoting the Sustainable Management of Tropical Forests.

by Markku Simula, ITTO Technical Series #34, 2010

This study reviews developments and progress regarding timber procurement policies. It assesses the positive and negative impacts of these policies, analyses the main similarities and differences among timber procurement policies, indicates the extent to which suppliers in tropical countries are able to meet the requirements and costs of these policies, and evaluates the need and desirability for as well as the practicality of promoting convergence and coordination among timber procurement policies as a means of facilitating the international trade in tropical timber.

The report can be downloaded here

Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2009-2010.

Geneva Timber and Forest Study Paper 24, ECE/TIM/SP/25

The UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2009-2010 provides general and statistical information on forest products markets in 2009 and early 2010 in the UN Economic Commission for Europe region.

Download the paper here.

Effects of Forest Certification on Biodiversity

by Marijke van Kuijk, Francis E. Putz and Roderick Zagt, Tropenbos International, December, 2009

Forest certification was introduced more than 15 years ago and since then more than 300 million hectares of forests have been certified under a variety of schemes. This literature study evaluate the effects of forest certification on the biodiversity of temperate, boreal, and tropical forests.

Download the report here

UK Timber Industry Certification,

by Nick Moore of timbertrends, 2009

A report initiated by UK Timber Trade Federation and funded by Dfid looks at the levels of certification in the UK timber market between 2005 and 2008.

Download the report here.

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