Steve Cook.

PEFC adds Willmott Dixon’s Steve Cook to UK board

Published:  18 October, 2012

UK: Steve Cook, principal consultant for Willmott Dixon’s in-house sustainability consultancy Re-Thinking, has joined the PEFC UK board and will play a vital role in helping PEFC UK in 2013 and beyond.

As part of Willmott Dixon Re-Thinking, Mr Cook provides technical and practical support on materials, carbon, waste and sustainable procurement to all divisions within the Willmott Dixon Group and has recently been behind Willmott Dixon’s Group Sustainable Procurement Policy.

Mr Cook, who has 22 years’ experience in the construction industry, also chairs the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) Materials Task Group which, through engagement with the construction industry, is helping its members to develop organisational policy to improve the procurement of materials. Mr Cook is also a Scheme Council member of the Eco-Reinforcement, responsible sourcing scheme.

“I am delighted to have been asked to join the Board of PEFC,” said Mr Cook. “As chair of the UKCG Materials Task Group, I recognise the key role that certified timber plays in helping to deliver sustainable construction. I am looking forward to helping PEFC to strengthen its engagement with major contractors.”

Alun Watkins, Head of PEFC UK added: “We are very pleased that Steve has agreed to join PEFC. He brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise which will help us to better understand and meet the requirements of one of our key stakeholder groups, UK construction contractors.”

The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) recently agreed a new statement on timber procurement giving a major boost to sustainable timber sourcing and supply for the UK construction industry. All timber products purchased for either temporary or permanent use on UKCG member sites should be certified as legally and sustainably sourced, as defined by the UK Government’s Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET). This UKCG decision gives clear and transparent preference to products that demonstrate compliance with responsible sourcing schemes and certified by a third party. To maintain an unbroken Chain of Custody, all members of the UKCG will work to a common reporting method and provide documentary evidence, to demonstrate compliance with the stringent auditing process that PEFC certification provides.

Next year will be a pivotal one of the UK timber industry when the EU Timber Regulation will apply to all Member States from the 3 March 2013 and will make it illegal to place timber and timber products which have been illegally-harvested at the point of origin on the EU market. 

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