FSC and PEFC – what’s the dif­fer­ence?

Element - - Primary Industry -

The es­sen­tial dif­fer­ence be­tween FSC and PEFC is that FSC is a global stan­dard ad­min­is­tered by par­ties from out­side the in­dus­try, whereas PEFC is an um­brella group orig­i­nally set up by the pulp and pa­per in­dus­try, which adopts the national schemes and stan­dards from each in­di­vid­ual par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­try. There is dis­par­ity be­tween pol­icy from dif­fer­ing coun­tries, so while PEFC certi ed tim­ber from a coun­try like NZ or Nor­way with rel­a­tively strin­gent stan­dards is a use­ful guide to con­sumers, for prod­uct that is sourced from emerg­ing mar­kets like In­done­sia, there is less cer­tainty.

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