Defra has announced that all public sector procurers must comply with the Timber Procurement Policy (TPP).
The new policy states that the specified procurers must buy all timber and wood-derived products from independently verifiable legal and sustainable sources, including Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licences, for use on the government estate.
The Timber Procurement Advice Note (TPAN) and associated documents set out the requirements of the UK government’s Timber Procurement Policy (TPP).
The policy applies to central government departments, their executive agencies, executive non-departmental public bodies, non-ministerial government departments in England and their suppliers.
Other nations of the UK already follow this policy and Defra is encouraging local authorities and the private sector to adopt sustainable timber procurement policies.
Defra has also set up a Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) to advise procurers and suppliers and to support the implementation of the policy.