CPET and change in UK government procurement policies of timber products
The UK Government’s policy for timber procurement changed in April 2009, and now central government departments, their executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to procure timber and wood-derived products originating from:
In helping to implement more sustainable timber procurement policies in APCOM members, CEPT offer help and assistance, which is working to provide practical advice to Local Authorities on responsible timber procurement – free of charge.
This is a major change as it really is a push towards sustainability compared to the previous policy where legal timber was accepted. The policy is implemented through contract clauses and evidence is required and applies to all wood derived products, including paper. Other bodies receiving public funding such as Local Authorities are being strongly encouraged to adopt the policy. This will also help public bodies to meet the criteria for wood products in the Quick Wins Standards, which you are no doubt also aware of, that encompass sustainable criteria for wood products.
CPET has developed guidance on the policy which is available at: www.proforest.net/cpet. CPET also provides free training on how to comply with the policy and awareness raising sessions.
Click here for a link to CEPT Workshops
Funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs