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Playing with Fire: Human Misery, Environmental Destruction and Summer BBQs

With temperatures soaring across Europe this summer millions have enjoyed barbecues – and will continue to do so until the last drops of warm weather. Yet few are aware of the true cost of the charcoal they fire them with.

Around 70 per cent of the charcoal used in Europe is imported and Namibia is the UK’s biggest supplier of charcoal. Today Fern releases a report, Playing with Fire: human misery, environmental destruction and summer BBQs, showing that in Namibia:

 

  • Trees are being illegally harvested on a vast scale to make charcoal.
  • Workers are operating in deplorable conditions. Many of them live in black plastic sheet dwellings without access to running water or toilets.
  • They make the charcoal in archaic kilns, which evidence shows cause massive damage to the environment - as well as to the workers’ health.
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EU Ecolabel allows forest destruction - the case of Pindo Deli

This report investigates the award of the EU Ecolabel to two photocopy brands, Golden Plus and Lucky Boss, manufactured by the Indonesian company Pindo Deli, part of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), one of the world's most controversial pulp and paper companies. It concludes that the EU Ecolabel criteria for sustainable forest management for copy & graphic paper and the revised version (latest draft from December 2009) are very weak and not adequate to ensure that the most egregious forest operations are excluded. In addition, the EU Ecolabel award process is non-transparent and the EU Ecolabel should be withdrawn for Pindo Deli's brands of photocopy paper.

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Buying a Sustainable Future, timber procurement policies in the EU

This report analyses the different timber procurement policies of six EU Member States and Japan. The report shows that although there is some variation between the different policies, there are also many similarities. The Netherlands policy is the strongest in terms of inclusion of social issues with the UK policy does not (yet) include; France and Germany just accept certain certification schemes and the Danish policy is not mandatory. The new EU procurement policy aims to ensure the other 21 Member States will also develop some policies. So more to come...

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Social Criteria in Timber Procurement Policies II

 A legal opinion commissioned by WWF UK on whether EU Governments are allowed under EU law to include social criteria in their procurement policies. The study concludes that this is indeed the case

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Social Criteria in Timber Procurement Policies

A legal opinion commissioned by FoE Netherlands and ICCO Netherlands on the question whether EU Governments are allowed to include social criteria in their timber procurement policies. The study concludes that this is very well possible

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FERN and WWF submission to CPET

FERN and WWF presented their findings on the UK Government's assessment of forest certification schemes, carried out by CPET. The report includes recommendations for improving the CPET criteria.

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Footprints in the Forests

Footprints in the Forests assesses eight certification schemes and different certification trends. It is a revision of FERN's Behind the Logo Report.

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Playing with Fire: Human Misery, Environmental Destruction and Summer BBQs

With temperatures soaring across Europe this summer millions have enjoyed barbecues – and will continue to do so until the last drops of warm weather. Yet few are aware of the true cost of the charcoal they fire them with.

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PDF iconPlaying with Fire FINAL.pdf1.16 MB

Assessment of the European Commission's proposal for the revision of Public Procurement Directives

The Network for sustainable development in public procurement (NSPP) has conducted an assessment of the European Commission's proposal for the revision of the Public Procurement Directives.

Statement from NGOs on the EU Ecolabel and Asia Pulp and Paper

In 2006 the EU Ecolabel was awarded to two brands of photocopy paper – Golden Plus and Lucky Boss – produced by the Indonesian company Pindo Deli, a subsidiary of APP. In 2010, FERN published “EU Ecolabel allows forest destruction – the case of Pindo Deli,” questioning how the Ecolabel could be awarded to paper from a company such as Pindo Deli. It also exposed the flaws of the system: overall lack of transparency of the EU Ecolabel award process, the lack of a formal complaints mechanism and the weakness of the criteria for providing an EU Ecolabel to copying and graphic paper.

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Letter from Asia Pulp and Paper's lawyer re: FERN's report on Pindo Deli

On 21 November 2011, FERN was sent the attached letter from APP's lawyers. We will not be removing the report 'EU Ecolabel allows forest destruction - the case of Pindo Deli' from our site as we stand by the information in that document and the conclusion the EU Ecolabel needs to improve its transparency. For further information please see 'The EU Ecolabel and Asia Pulp and Paper' an NGO statement signed onto by fourteen NGOs.

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PDF iconAPP_lawyers_letter V2.pdf189.44 KB

Key demands and messages from the Network for Sustainable Development in Public Procurement

Joint press release from the Network for Sustainable Development in Public Procurement on the occasion of the European Commission's Conference "Modernising public procurement"

FERN statement to the Forest Stewardship Council on withdrawing FERN's membership

In a position paper presented to the FSC General Assembly in 2008, FERN and other FSC members from the environmental and economic chamber highlighted the changes necessary for the FSC to regain and retain its credibility. In 2009, FERN followed this up with a statement outlining that as a member of FSC, challenges to FSC’s credibility had a negative effect on FERN’s own credibility. The statement identified three courses of action that would lead to FERN terminating its FSC membership. 

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