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The expressions ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable building’ have become increasingly popular in industry literature in recent years. A rapidly growing number of regulatory initiatives are being introduced into the BCA and most State planning authorities right now with regularity authorities demanding “sustainability” in building materials used – nationally.

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The Federal Government is considering making it a criminal offence to import timber that has been illegally harvested overseas.

In the first signs of how the government will fulfil its 2007 election promise to ”seek to ban” illegal timber imports, it is understood that establishing an offence is its preferred option.

The law would be established along with a voluntary certification and verification program for timber importers, which would be set up through bilateral agreements with developing nations such as Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Australia has already had discussions with the United States and New Zealand about common principles for any timber import certification program. Under the timber law, Customs or other law enforcement agencies would investigate allegations of companies importing illegally logged timber.

EU banns illegally harvested timber

The EU has enacted new legislation aimed at those who place timber or timber products on the Single Market. This new legislation bans the sale of illegally-harvested timber and imposes a new system to track its source.

Regulation (EU) 995/2010 lays down the obligations of all operators who place timber or/and timber products on the market. The main aim of the regulation is to reduce illegal deforestation and give consumers better assurances about the products they buy. now places a ban on the sale of illegally-harvested timber, but also includes a range of traceability measures and obligations on those who handle timber produce. There are also sanctions for those that breach these rules.

Why is there need for this legislation?

Currently, at least 20% of timber and timber products reaching the EU market is estimated to come from illegal sources. The aim is to prevent such wood from entering the Single Market, as MEP SatuHassi (Greens/EFA, FI) states:

“EU legislation to ban the sale of illegally-sourced timber represents a major international breakthrough, from the forests around the world that are ravaged by illegal logging to the EU market where timber and wood products are sold. The tough rules agreed would not have been possible without the strong backing of the European Parliament.”

On a global level, deforestation as a whole is estimated to contribute 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. Where it occurs, soil degradation, loss of biodiversity and landslides are all potential problems. The plunder of this natural resource also hits forest-dependent peoples and the economies of developing countries. Who does it affect? It will affect any person dealing with timber or timber products, in particular those importing wood from outside the EU must be careful.

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