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The Forestry Commission is believed to have become the first public forest service in the world to achieve ISO 14001 certification for its Environmental Management System (EMS).
Since 1999 the Commission’s forest management has been independently certified as meeting the standards of the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS).
More recently, the Commission has developed an EMS to complement its forest certification programme, and Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair, said:
“The combination of forest management certification and ISO 14001 certification means that we can now confidently say that all of our business operation is run on a sustainable footing. This represents a major achievement for the Commission and, I’m very proud to say, another world first.
“We have new monitoring programmes for our energy use, travel and waste management, and we are increasing our efforts to reduce waste by introducing recycling and re-use schemes. It’s not been an easy task, but if the Government’s forest service isn’t as green as it gets, there’s something wrong.”
Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) was appointed to assess the EMS, and certified it as complying with the requirements of the international standard.
At the same time it certified that the Commission’s three main sites are fully compliant. Building on this, the Commission has now also achieved certification for all of its office and workshop locations across Scotland, and is working to achieve compliance throughout England and Wales by mid-2012.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- Forestry Commission sites that have been certified as complying with ISO 14001 are:
- Silvan House, its joint GB and Scotland head office in Edinburgh, Scotland;
- its two main research stations - Alice Holt Lodge near Farnham in Surrey, England, and Northern Research Station at Roslin in Midlothian, Scotland; and
- all of its other offices and business premises in Scotland.
2. Information about ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) and the ISO 14001 standard is available from www.iso.org/ and www.iso14000-iso14001-environmental-management.com/.
3. Compliance with the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) provides an assurance to buyers of forest products such as timber that the products come from sustainable, well managed forests. Sellers of UKWAS-assured products may display the logo of the international, independent Forest Stewardship Council to provide that assurance. Further information is available from www.ukwas.org.uk and www.fsc.org/.
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