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FSC® vs PEFC™

Sustainable timber certification explained

Deforestation is the world’s second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why timber is so high on the sustainability agenda.

Timber Products Manager, Bob Tee, gives a summary of the leading certification schemes.

Certification schemes

There are many certification schemes for timber, but the two main recognised ones are:

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™)



What’s the difference between the two?

I get asked this a lot, but there’s actually more about them that’s the same.

  • Both organisations share the same goal – to promote responsible forestry.
  • Both are global, not-for-profit organisations
  • And both FSC® and PEFC™ operate robust chain of custody schemes that track timber through every step of the supply chain, from forest to end user


FSC® used to be considered the gold standard and tends to get specified more. But both certification schemes are well-respected in the industry and have common aims.

Think of it like Apple vs Android.

Is Elliotts timber PEFC™ or FSC® certified?

I source timber from both of these schemes. Both PEFC™ and FSC® are well recognised globally so you can have confidence that you’re buying sustainable timber.


PEFC™ certified timber
FSC® certified timber
Sleepers
Carcassing
Battens
CLS
PAR
Machined timber
MDF
OSB
Plywood


Protecting our forests

Timber merchants and the construction industry overall, play a huge role in making sure that timber comes from sustainably managed forests – where trees are replanted as they’re felled. Without this, our forests might not be around for future generations.


Elliotts is certified as a supplier of both FSC® (registration number FSC® C112421) and PEFC™ (registration number BMT-PEFC-1106) timber.

Forest management

Want some further information about Elliotts timber?

For more information, get in touch with Bob Tee or contact your local branch.

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