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PEFC – Your Partner For The EUDR

PEFC, committed to deforestation-free

At PEFC, we have a longstanding commitment to halting deforestation through the promotion of sustainable forest management and products that do not contribute to forest loss. We are committed to continuing this work and strongly support the objectives of the EU Regulation on Deforestation-free Products (EUDR). 

Our standards are already well positioned to meet many key elements of the EUDR, and we are working intensively to align them more closely with EUDR requirements. PEFC chain of custody certified companies and PEFC certified forest owners will soon be able to benefit from our practical solutions to enable them to successfully implement EUDR.

At PEFC, we take a holistic approach in how we manage our forests sustainably. PEFC certification takes into account numerous environmental, social and economic considerations, while at the same time addressing the EUDR’s key focus – deforestation and legality of wood.

What is EUDR?

The EU Regulation on Deforestation-free Products (EUDR), which entered into force on 29 June 2023, aims to decrease the production and consumption of commodities and derived products linked to deforestation and forest degradation entering or leaving the EU market.

By imposing strict requirements on operators and traders, it builds on the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) for wood products. The EUDR requires companies to exercise due diligence for their products, which must be legally produced and deforestation-free – this means not produced on land that has been subject to deforestation or forest degradation after 31 December 2020.

The EUDR covers a wide range of timber products, including sawn timber, wood-based materials, paper, and furniture, as well as rubber. The EUDR also applies to palm oil, soy, coffee, cacao, and beef.

EUDR and the UK

Whilst the UK is no longer part of the European Union, many companies here are involved in supply chains that result in products made from homegrown or recycled timber being exported into the EU, which will need to be EUDR compliant. Under the post-Brexit Windsor Framework, products exported from Great Britain to Northern Ireland are also required to be compliant with EU trade requirements, including EUDR.  If you are a UK company potentially involved in these supply chains, it is essential that you have a complete understanding of the EUDR requirements so that you can gather all evidence to demonstrate compliance. 

PEFC Webinar: on the path to EUDR alignment

Our latest EUDR-related webinar took place on 27 February. The webinar focussed on the advances we have made in aligning our sustainable forest management and chain of custody standards with EUDR requirements, and looked at the vital data and integrity elements.

Proven experience

  • PEFC is a proven and credible certification partner for 25 years with robust standards in place.
  • We have more than 10 years of experience and alignment with the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and engage with the EU on other relevant legislation.
  • As the world’s largest forest certification system with global reach and presence in the northern and southern hemispheres, we have experience on the ground and knowledge of forest specifics in 50 countries.

Holistic and inclusive

  • PEFC certification already addresses sustainability, legality and due diligence and considers deforestation and forest degradation through our Sustainable Forest Management and Chain of Custody standards.
  • PEFC was developed to serve smallholders and will continue to do so, by putting in place solutions that will enable smallholders’ inclusion in markets and supply chains, not leaving them behind.

Pragmatic and solution focused

  • Recent changes to our documentation cover a range of issues that strengthened our stand on EUTR and already bring us closer towards the alignment with the EUDR.
  • We will strive for solutions that are implementable and practical, avoiding additional complexity and burden.
  • While voluntary certification does not bring direct compliance with the EUDR, by requiring companies to undergo a due diligence process, PEFC certification will help facilitate companies’ compliance with the EUDR.
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The PEFC EUDR roll out

PEFC has 25 years of experience in enabling dialogue on sustainable forest management. We meet the challenge of EUDR no differently: bringing different experts and stakeholders together, building consensus, and providing a solution to the market that gives flexibility and responds to the needs of our stakeholders.

We have put in place a cross-functional plan to cover the different aspects within EUDR. Aligned to our inclusive dialogue and bottom-up approach, PEFC members and external experts are participating in working groups and task forces to develop our PEFC EUDR solution for the market.

Through a fast-track process we will advance through three development streams, all of them interconnected, but each focused on the key topics within the EUDR:

  • The Sustainable Forest Management Working Group will be looking at solutions from the forest and forest owner perspectives.
  • The Chain of Custody Working Group will develop an EUDR aligned Due Diligence System that companies can implement.
  • The Data Task Force, coordinating with both the Chain of Custody and the Sustainable Forest Management WGs, will be looking at geolocation data, harvesting timing and other associated data.

PEFC’s roadmap to EUDR alignment

Our roadmap will guide us and our members to an approved solution by the European summer of 2024.

A few critical steps in our roadmap include the public consultations of the EUDR related standards in February and March and piloting testing of these standards between March and April – ready for the approval of the standards in May/June 2024.

Behind the scenes, our Working Groups and Task Forces will be working on our development streams to ensure we have practical solutions in place to enable you to successfully implement EUDR. We also continue to engage with the EU Commission, as we have done since the start of the EUDR development process.

Get Involved

As we follow our roadmap, there will be many opportunities for our stakeholders to get involved. The EUDR related standards will go to public consultation between February and March 2023 – this is your chance to give your feedback and ensure these standards meet your needs.

In March and April, we’ll be pilot testing the standards. Companies that are already purchasing material for 2024 will be invited to start implementing the requirements and provide us with feedback, so we can further improve our requirements.

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