Sustainable timber in furniture

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Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Technical Specification (Requirement Specifications)

Main Objective: 

The main purpose is to ensure that wood which is used in the furniture originates from documentable sustainable sources. The use of such wood helps to preserve biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation, and prevent human rights violations in communities that live in close proximity to vulnerable forest areas.

Requirement Specification: 

For furniture where wood makes up more than 10% by weight, 100% must originate from documentable sustainable wood.*

[Contracting authority: Insert the part of the range that this applies to]

*Note that this requirement cannot be used in combination with the award criterion relating to sustainable wood in section 3.13, because award criteria must always have a higher environmental performance target than the minimum requirement when used in combination. An award criterion should therefore only be used where a market dialogue indicates that a lower percentage requirement should be applied to documentable sustainable timber.

Documentation of the Requirement Specification: 

All tendered products containing wood shall have product documentation which includes information on material composition, including the percentage of wood by weight.

Tendered products containing more than 10 percent wood by weight shall be FSC- or PEFC certified, at least at the same level as FSC mix. Other appropriate third party verified documentation, which gives a satisfactory account of how the requirement is fulfilled to a similar extent to the labels above, may also be accepted. For a more detailed definition of the terms "sustainable timber" and "other appropriate third party verified documentation", refer to the Danish Nature Agency's guidance: Sikring af bæredygtigt træ i offentlige aftaler om vareindkøb, tjenesteydelser og bygge- og anlægsarbejder (Securing of sustainable wood in public sector agreements concerning good purchases, services and construction works.

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

The contracting authority should consider whether the requirement should apply to the supplier’s entire range or particularly relevant products only; e.g. volume products which it is assumed will comprise a high proportion of the procurement. This will ease the documentation and evaluation burden.

Published: 26. Nov 2020, Last modified: 29. Nov 2020