PEFC - Introduction to the new EU deforestation regulation

PEFC - Introduction to the new EU deforestation regulation

The EU deforestation regulation

The European Union (EU) agreed on the new EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) in December 2022. The new EU law will fight global deforestation and forest degradation driven by EU production and consumption by addressing a set of key goods, among them timber and rubber, and their derived products, placed on or exported from the EU market.

When the EUDR rules enter into force across the EU (expected in May/June 2023), the commodities in scope may only be placed on, or exported from, the EU market if they are deforestation-free, legal, and supported by a mandatory due diligence statement conducted by companies. Deforestation-free means produced on land that was not subject to deforestation after 31 December 2020 and legal means compliant with all relevant applicable laws in force in the country of production.

PEFC and the new deforestation regulation

Voluntary certification, like PEFC, is positioned to support the new regulation and can be used as part of the due diligence procedure. This builds on the role that voluntary certification held in the framework of the EU Timber Regulation, where PEFC ensured a global application and implementation of its provisions by integrating them in the PEFC standards.

To provide you with more information, our introductory webinar on the Deforestation Regulation on Thursday 20 April will:

  • Introduce the EUDR objectives and its implication
  • Present how well is PEFC aligned with the EUDR
  • Suggest how companies will be able to benefit from PEFC to demonstrate compliance with the EUDR
  • Share about the impact of a regulation, such as EUDR, on the ground

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