The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK has been recognised with an award from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) UK for its outstanding contributions to the work of FSC®.
As part of its activities during the UN International Year of Forests 2011, ACE UK hosted and facilitated a number of roundtables and workshops throughout the year to promote responsible forest management. These events saw representatives from the beverage industry, retailers, NGOs and timber trade organisations come together to discuss issues and opportunities which included communicating the importance of FSC throughout their supply chains and to consumers.
FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC runs a global forest certification system with two key components: Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification. This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use timber and forest products produced from well-managed forests to prevent deforestation.
Charles Thwaites, Executive Director of FSC UK said, “We present this award to ACE UK for its work to promote FSC, both within the packaging sector and in the particular context of its 2011 workshops.
“We really felt that the workshops were hugely beneficial in terms of identifying barriers to promoting FSC and in developing ideas for future messaging. We are extremely grateful to ACE UK for facilitating these stakeholder meetings.”
Richard Hands, Chief Executive of ACE UK added, “We are delighted to be recognised by FSC UK with this award, but even more so that FSC feels our support has been of real benefit to its work. We wanted to support FSC because sustainable forestry is of great importance to our members, the beverage carton manufacturers Elopak, SIG Combibloc and Tetra Pak, who source the main material used in beverage cartons – wood fibre – from responsibly managed forests.
“While sustainable forestry is close to the heart of our suppliers, we feel it is important to communicate the benefits of responsible forest management and independent certification to a broader audience to help protect the world’s forests as a renewable resource for generations to come.”
100% of the paperboard produced in Europe for beverage cartons comes from independently certified chain of custody mills. In addition, in 2007, ACE UK members initiated a global voluntary sector commitment on wood traceability to have 100% chain-of-custody certification by 2015 for all paperboard purchased worldwide for the manufacture of beverage cartons, and by 2018 for all their own packaging material manufacturing plants worldwide.
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