Friday, February 14, 2014

[biofuelwatch] Press release from Protect the Forest and Friends of the Earth Sweden re IKEA and FSC

[More evidence of the problems with relying on FSC as a means of guaranteeing wood 'sustainability', including for biomass - Almuth]

Press release from Protect the Forest and Friends of the Earth Sweden 13 feb 2014:
Ikea gets FSC-certificate suspended and withdraws from Karelia

Swedwood Karelia, a subsidiary of the furniture company Ikea, recently got
their FSC-certificate suspended in Karelia due to violations of the
environmental and social regulations. On February 11th Swedwood announced
that they will close down their factory in 2014 and leave the region.
According to Ikea, these issues are not connected.

For several years environmental organizations have voiced their concern
about Ikeas logging of old-growth forests in Karelia. Ikea has earlier
tried to dismiss the criticism by dodging behind their Forest Stewardship
Council (FSC) certification. The certificate has now been suspended due to
e.g. logging of key biotopes, insufficient dialogue, lack of environmental
consideration, and work environment issues.

"But unfortunately, the audit report does not address clearly enough our
main concern over the FSC-certified logging of intact tracts of natural
forests. The report raises several deficiencies, but does not describe the
main problem, which is that pioneer exploitation, with fragmenting and
breaking into the last intact forest landscapes and tracts, does not fit to
FSC:s principles and criteria. Thus we believe that the FSC label is still
far from being a guarantee for sustainable forestry", says Linda Ellegaard
Nordström from Protect the Forest, Sweden.

Only days after the FSC spread the news of Ikea's suspended certificate,
Ikea announced that they will shut down their operations in Karelia during

"Ikea's departure from this part of Karelia, with its high concentration of
old natural forest, clearly shows that it is not ecologically, socially, or
economically sustainable to harvest old-growth forest, which are a
non-renewable resource," says Klas Ancker of Friends of the Earth Sweden.
"Such harvesting is comparable to mining. This should influence other
companies not to go to intact forests, but instead focus their production
to areas of secondary-growth forest which has already been harvested in the

The environmental organizations would like to see a development of more
nature-based tourism in the beautiful landscapes in this part of Karelia.
Together with sustainable forestry in secondary-growth forests, this could
create new long-term jobs in Karelia.

"Ikea has said in the Russian media that the move is not because of the
criticism from the environmental movement, but because of crass economic
planning," says Viktor Säfve from Protect the Forest Sweden. "We would have
liked to see Ikea take responsibility and leave the old natural forests
alone, and move their production to secondary-growth forests in Karelia, in
consultation with the government of Karelia and other concerned

"Together with Russian environmental organizations we have suggested to
Ikea that they, as an influential multinational corporation, should set a
good example by announcing that they will no longer log or buy timber from
intact old-growth forests, whether the forests are certified or not," says
Linda Ellegaard Nordström.

More than a year ago the environmental organizations handed over 180 000
signatures and a joint statement with demands and suggestions for how Ikea
should transform their forestry and preserve valuable old-growth forests.
The organizations also say that Ikea should work toward a better and
clearer conservation policy in the Republic of Karelia by publicly
supporting the conservation plan presented by forest experts within the
Russian environmental movement as "the Master Plan of Karelia."

"Since Ikea now intends to leave Karelia, our opinion is that they have a
great responsibility to make sure that whoever possibly buys their factory
has a genuine environmental commitment and does not accept timber from
intact forests," says Klas Ancker, Friends of the Earth Sweden. "Ikea owes
this to Karelia."


Contact: Viktor Säfve, Protect the Forest, Sweden +46(0)76-1148811 Linda Ellegaard Nordström, Protect the Forest,
Sweden +46 (0)70–2541148


More info: Joint statement to Ikea:

Audit report:

Info from FSC:



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1 comment:

  1. Totally support the development of new types of sustainable energy; please attempt to get your gender awareness equally as spot on: Hot Biofuels with a photo of a slim young blonde woman in a singlet? Mmmm...


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