With the adoption of a new European regulation on timber, soy, coffee, cocoa, beef and palm oil, European companies will be faced with new obligations. Le Commerce du Bois spoke on March 18 during the webinar proposed by Prefered by Nature (PBN), whose objective was to present the main elements contained in the draft regulation 0 deforestation and 0 degradation proposed by the EU Commission last November. Although changes may still be incorporated before the final version of the regulation is adopted, Preferred by Nature wanted to present the different elements contained in the European Commission's proposal.
As a reminder, the draft regulation aims to reduce the consumption of products from supply chains associated with deforestation or forest degradation, and to increase the demand and trade of legal and "deforestation-free" products in the EU. The draft regulation is now in the negotiation phase between the EU Council (composed of Member State governments) and the EU Parliament. The entry into force of the text is expected for 2024. Feel free to read or re-read the FAQ written by LCB on the EU draft regulation.
This webinar was moderated by Preferred by Nature's responsible sourcing specialists, Elena Sosa and Chloé Viala who provided an overview of the key elements and requirements of the proposed regulation. They also gave companies in the affected sectors an idea of what to prepare for if and when these proposed regulations come into effect. Alessandra Negri, LCB's Market and CSR Manager and Project Manager at ATIBT, presented a feedback from the French timber industry on the implementation of due diligence under the EU Timber Regulation and on sustainable forest management certification. Finally, Laure d'Astorg, from the Alliance for the Preservation of Forests, presented the self-assessment tool available to companies for the evaluation of their responsible purchasing program.
Watch the replay of the main presentations of the webinar
Feedback from the French timber industry on the implementation of due diligence under the EU Timber Regulation and on sustainable forest management certification, presented by Alessandra Negri :
About LIFE Legal Wood project
This webinar is part of a series of events carried out under a project funded by the European Union's LIFE program.
LIFE Legal Wood is an international project committed to providing professionals with all the information they need to understand the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) through free risk assessments, stakeholder networks and seminars, and online due diligence tools. The project's target audience are companies active in the European wood and wood products value chain that need to adapt to the EUTR. Visit www.EUTR.info for more information on due diligence and supply chain mapping.
The project is led by Preferred by Nature, an NGO, and is supported by Amfori, Baskegur, Cesefor, Conlegno, Etifor, Foresna, GD Holz, Le Commerce du Bois, Probos and the competent authorities of Belgium, Germany and Spain.
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