UK Timber Industry welcomes plans to abide by EU Regulations after Brexit
A recent announcement by Dr Therese Coffey, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, has confirmed that the UK government will continue to abide by European rulings regulating the harvesting of timber supplies in the aftermath of Brexit.
The minister’s pledge has been welcomed by the UK Timber Industry, which was instrumental in the development of the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade policy (FLEGT) and the EU Timber Regulations (EUTR).
What will the UK’s continued adherence to the EUTR mean for the industry?
Since its instigation in 2013, the purpose of the EU Timber Regulations (EUTR) has been to ensure that all timber supplies used within the EU are harvested in a responsible and sustainable manner. The EUTR prohibits the distribution of illegally harvested timber products throughout the European Union, and places full responsibility for the ethical sourcing of timber upon the individual distributors. Under the terms of the ruling, all companies who place timber products onto the market are legally obliged to keep strict records of their supply chain and to document the source of all their merchandise, in an attempt to clamp down on illegal forestry operations.
How dramatic is the impact of illegal logging operations?
The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade regulations (FLEGT) was introduced in 2003 to combat the detrimental effects of unregulated timber harvesting operations by encouraging sustainability and responsible forest management practices. The importance of this policy cannot be underestimated.
When left unchecked, illegal logging activity has a vastly detrimental effect upon the world’s most valuable forest areas, and this in turn can lead to a devastating chain reaction which impacts negatively upon wildlife and the ecosystem. In the most extreme cases, it can lead to barbaric abuses of human rights, as the firms who wilfully adopt a maverick approach to deforestation tend to view their human workforce as a similarly disposable resource.
How will the UK’s ongoing commitment to FLEGT and EUTR benefit the end user?
Reputable timber merchants such as Theo’s Timber Ltd recognise the prime importance of ensuring the legality of all its timber supplies. A family-owned company based in the heart of Manchester, Theo’s Timber is committed to doing everything it can to protect the environment. The firm believes wholeheartedly in pursuing an ethical business model, and appreciates the urgency of maintaining environmental sustainability. In addition to providing the finest quality timber at unbeatable prices, Theo’s Timber Ltd draws upon its many years of experience to provide invaluable advice to its customers, and prides itself upon delivering an unrivalled service. Theo’s Timber acknowledges the significant contribution that the UK timber industry is able to make on the global stage in the wake of the government’s announcement, and welcomes the opportunity to play a key part in the battle to uphold the principles of environmental accountability.