Facilitating workshops to promote responsible forest management

Award presented by Charles Thwaites MBE to ACE UK (© FSC UK)© FSC UKThe Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK has been recognised with an award from FSC UK for its outstanding contributions to the work of FSC.

FSC UK has presented a number of awards for outstanding commitment to FSC in the UK since 2011. The awards  are presented to organisations or businesses that have worked, through a particular project or activity, to promote responsible forestry within the UK.

ACE UK represents leading beverage carton manufacturers, Elopak, SIG Combibloc and Tetra Pak, in profiling the environmental credentials of cartons.

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.

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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