And the organisation is practising what it preaches: its new offices in Brisbane feature Responsible Wood certified timber.
Along with the new logo and name, comes a new website that offers users a range of case studies and resources including details of the key standards behind the certification – AS 4707 (Chain of Custody) and AS 4708 (Sustainable Forest Management).
A searchable database lets you find products by supplier, certification type, species or application.
Responsible Wood is licensed by Standards Australia as a standards development organisation. The standards are rigorous, and involve a range of stakeholders in the development and review process, including Planet Ark, Greening Australia and individual wildlife and bird species protection organisations. Industry representatives, CSIRO and academics are also part of the consultation process.
The standards are subject to periodic review and update, and according to Simon, the most recent iteration saw “the bar lifted quite substantially”.
One of the new focus areas is accounting for carbon in forestry and timber products. This includes not just the carbon stored by the growing of timber for uses such as building products, but also the emissions generated during forestry and processing.
For instance, there is now a new push towards reducing emissions through the use of solar and biodiesel during harvesting and processing.
On the drawing board is a new Trans-Tasman standard that can be applied to both Australian and New Zealand timber and forestry operations and products.
NOTE: The Green List is working on an extensive explainer on timber, certification and the environmental and economic issues that surround it, for publication in the new year.