23 June 2016 – Conference: Real impact through timber purchasing policies
A European networking event

Presentations

Real impact through timber purchasing policies, A European networking event

STPP – it’s the only game in town!
Stéphane Glannaz (Chief Commercial Officer Precious Woods and STTC participant)

Promoting legal and sustainable timber: The role of public procurement policy
Duncan Brack (Researcher and Chatham House associate)

EU Framework on Timber and Timber Procurement
Robert Kaukewitsch (EU Policy Officer Green Public Procurement)

Sustainable timber procurement in the Netherlands
Maja Valstar (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment), Paul van den Heuvel (Netherlands Timber Trade Association), Léon Dijk and Bill Sahetapy Engel (City of Rotterdam)

How to meet STPPs, a market perspective
Peter Gijsen (Royal BAM Group and STTC participant)

STTC – opportunities for the private sector (Presentation and Key insights)
André de Boer (STTC) and Eric Boilley (Le Commerce du Bois and STTC participant)

STTC – opportunities for the public sector (Presentation and Key insights)
Mark van Benthem (STTC)

Financial instruments (Presentation and Key insights)
Geert Bergsma (Manager supply chain analysis CE Delft)

How to design and implement STPPs on policy level (Presentation and Key insights)
Ulrich Bick (Thünen-Institute)

The image of tropical timber (Presentation and Key insights)
Nils Olaf Petersen (GD Holz and STTC participant)

The status of STPPs and contracts (Presentation and Key insights)
Peter Defranceschi (ICLEI )

What will I do to make a change

Reflections, insights and recommendations

Article: Use it or lose it, Timmer Fabrikant | nr 7/8 | 2016 | jaargang 66

Background

Discuss challenges, share knowledge and best practices with colleagues from all over Europe on successfully implementing and meeting timber purchasing policies. Explore business relations with buyers / suppliers keen to use sustainably sourced timber.

Timber purchasing policies contribute to forest conservation worldwide. This European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) conference explores the achievements and possibilities of timber purchasing strategies and policies together with key stakeholders from the public and private sector. The full day conference will offer learning and networking opportunities by means of interactive plenaries and breakout sessions.

Learn about

  • How choosing sustainably sourced tropical timber contributes to forest conservation
  • The impact of timber purchasing policies on both markets and forests
  • How to best design, implement and meet timber purchasing policies in practice
  • What the STTC has to offer the public and private sector (www.europeansttc.com)
  • EU policy developments with regards to procurement and FLEGT (incl. EUTR)
  • Financial mechanisms which favor sustainably sourced timber
  • Good practice examples, e.g. how the Netherlands achieved a market share of 74% sustainably sourced timber

Background
Forests are crucial for men, nature and the environment. To enhance the values forests deliver, it is crucial to maintain a balance between all forest services and values and to create and sustain a sound financial basis for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM). Consumer markets demanding sustainably sourced timber products are an important trigger for SFM.

Research shows that government procurement policies can have a broader impact on consumer markets than simply through the direct effect of government purchases: in countries with comprehensive timber procurement policies the market share of certified timber increased. Procurement policies can be developed and implemented more rapidly than most other policy options (Brack, 2014). However, this doesn’t mean that it is easy for both the public and private sector. Therefore we invite you for this conference to exchange experiences and share best practices.

The Netherlands, who hold the EU presidency until June 2016, is an excellent showcase how a market share of 74% sustainably sourced timber can be reached through smart timber procurement policies.

Participants and speakers
The conference will gather policy makers and procurement officers from national and local governments, timber trade federations, companies in the timber supply chain, NGOs, certification schemes and representatives from research institutes.

Confirmed speakers include experts from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, City of Rotterdam, ICLEI, Precious Woods, Royal BAM group, various Timber Trade Federations, Ecoinstitut, the European STTC and the European Timber Trade Federation (more to be announced soon!). The conference is moderated by Peter Woodward (Quest Associates).

Location
The conference will take place at Wereldmuseum (World Museum): Willemskade 22-25, 3016 DM Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
wereldmuseum

Information and registration
The conference is free of charge (including lunch, drinks and bites).
Register here: www.europeansttc.com.
For more information, please contact Joyce Penninkhof joyce.penninkhof@probos.nl, +31 (0)317-466557.

We look forward to see you Thursday June, 23 in Rotterdam!

Yours sincerely,

European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC)
Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
City of Rotterdam
European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF)
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Probos

Programme
Time slotTopicConfirmed Speaker
8.30Welcome (coffee and tea)
9.00OpeningHannie Vlug (Director Sustainability Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment)
9.20Agenda, process and introductionsPeter Woodward
1 - The case for sustainable forest management in the tropics
9.30Setting the scene: STPP - it's the only game in town!
The challenges of sustainable forest management, what the private sector expects from STPPs / procureres and the kind of commitment the private sector can make.
Stéphane Glannaz (Chief Commercial Officer Precious Woods and STTC participant)
9.45Setting the scene: The potential and emerging impact of STPPs
The impact of STPPs on the market, sustainable forest management and the contribution to other sustainability issues like climate change and the UN Millennium Goals.
Duncan Brack (Researcher and Chatham House associate)
10.00Creating an enabling environment for STPPs in the EU
The impact of the new EU directive on public procurement, developments in field of Green Public Procurement on EU level, the FLEGT Action Plan as a tool to promote sustainable forest management and the scope and limitations of the EUTR.
Robert Kaukewitsch (EU Policy Officer Green Public Procurement)
10.15Participant discussion and Q&A
10.45Coffee Break
2 - No one said it would be easy!
11.15Implementing STPPs in the Netherlands - a case study
Three stakeholders share best practices on how to create an enabling environment for sustainably sourced timber, successful instruments & partnerships, and best practices by the City of Rotterdam.
Maja Valstar (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment), Paul van den Heuvel (Netherlands Timber Trade Association), Léon Dijk and Bill Sahetapy Engel (City of Rotterdam)
11.45How to meet STPPs, a market perspective
Best practices on how to supply evidence for compliance by a large European construction company.
Peter Gijsen (Royal BAM Group and STTC participant)
12.00Key challenges to overcome in delivering change at scale
A panel with representatives from several countries will outline the key challenge they encounter. In groups these will be discussed and challenges can be added. These challenges will be addressed in the breakout sessions.
André de Boer, Geert Bergsma, Nils Petersen, Mark van Benthem, Ulrich Bick, Peter Defranceschi
12.30Introduction to afternoon sessionPeter Woodward
12.40Lunch
3 - STPP Solutions (Break-out sessions)
TopicConfirmed Moderator
13.40
SESSION 1a
STTC - opportunities for the private sector
Update of STTC activities: working with timber trade federations, individual participants and project results such as Life Cycle Analyses. Explore opportunities and discuss key-themes for future STTC activities in the private sector.
André de Boer (STTC) and Eric Boilley (Le Commerce du Bois and STTC participant)
13.40
SESSION 1b
STTC - opportunities for the public sector
What the STTC has to offer the public sector and what has been achieved so far. Explore opportunities and discuss key-themes for future STTC activities in the public sector.
Mark van Benthem (STTC)
14.20
SESSION 2a
Financial instruments
Especially sustainably sourced tropical timber can have a price premium compared to non-sustainably sourced tropical timber. A recent study explored the possibilities how to overcome these price differences. In addition, there is experience with favouring sustainably sourced timber through a.o. subsidies. Results and experiences are shared and individual needs discussed.
Geert Bergsma (Manager supply chain analysis CE Delft) and Alberto Romero (AEIM and STTC participant)
14.20
SESSION 2b
How to design and implement STPPs on policy level
Six front running EU Member States developed building blocks on how to design STPPs and explored opportunities to reduce bureaucracy and cost. Experiences are shared and individual needs discussed.
Ulrich Bick (Thünen-Institute)
15.00
SESSION 3a
Image of tropical timber
Also sustainably sourced tropical timber suffers from the overall negative image of tropical timber, while in fact in can contribute to forest conservation. Themes like how to prevent the shift to alternative materials and/or local timber are discussed.
Nils Olaf Petersen (GD Holz and STTC participant)
15.00
SESSION 3b
The status of STPPs and contracts
Mandatory vs voluntary status STPPs: case study of Italy on the shift they recently made from a voluntary to a mandatory policy and learn how to specify sustainably sourced timber in contracts.
Peter Defranceschi (ICLEI )
15.35Coffee Break
16.00
PLENARY
Successfully implementing STPPs across the supply chain
Sharing the main outcomes from the breakout sessions, reflection on experiences and learning through the day, identification key messages, insights and recommendations.
Ted van der Put and other panelists
17.05Wrap upTed van der Put (Program Director IDH)
17.25 - 18.30Invitation for drinks and bites