ETTF and the drive for sustainability

A central aim of the ETTF, says Secretary General André de Boer, is to promote the use of sustainably produced timber and to position it as the environmentally sound and renewable building and manufacturing material of choice for our ecologically aware and carbon conscious age.

Production of timber, originating from well-managed sources and ideally backed by reputable third party certification of legality and sustainability, is a vital part of the solution to ensure forests remain intact. It provides a commercial incentive for maintaining tree cover, rather than clearing afforested land for residential and commercial development, or agricultural use. While preserving the forest and the rich habitats and biodiversity these support, it can also alleviate poverty, improve biodiversity and mitigate climate change.

Activities

  • Underlining the ETTF’s environmental commitment, we strongly back the EU Timber Regulation and other national and international legislation designed to drive illegal timber from the global marketplace. As part of this the ETTF developed a pan-European Due Diligence System (DDS) for risk assessing suppliers for illegality to help members comply with the EUTR, and also to help limit the range of different DDS approaches suppliers to the EU market have to deal with.
     
  • We also work with our member organisations to promote the sale and use of sustainably produced timber in Europe, ideally that supported with third party proof of sustainability, such as material certified under the FSC, PEFC and associated schemes, and verified evidence of legality. Our member federations also have sustainability targets to work on.
     
  • Our goal is to make the sustainable choice the easy choice too, for example, by encouraging mutual recognition between the Chain of Custody Certification systems of the FSC and PEFC schemes. To this end, we are also lobbying for lower taxation on verified sustainable timber across the EU; to make the sustainable option the more affordable option too and give specifiers, end users and consumers added incentive to buy green and buy timber.
     
  • We are additionally positioning timber as the most sustainable construction and manufacturing material for the future.  Latest developments in engineered wood products, such as glulam, laminated veneer lumber and cross laminated timber, enable the material to be used in an even wider range of applications and to take on rivals like steel, concrete and plastic head on in areas where it was not previously considered. Backed by its sustainability and renewability credentials and its major carbon sequestering and storage benefits.