Timber can be key to sustainable build. It has a life span that
can be extended through re-use and recycling; there is no other
commonly used building material that requires so little energy to
Sustainable Building Resource
naturally renewable, strong and easily recyclable, offering a
simple way to reduce CO2 emissions, thanks to:
- The carbon sink effect of the forests.
- The carbon storage effect of wood products.
- Substitution for carbon-intensive materials: every cubic metre
of timber used as a substitute for other building materials reduces
CO2 emissions to the atmosphere by an average of 1.1 tonnes, plus a
further 0.9 tonnes of CO2 stored in the timber.
Timber and timber products form a significant part of Jewson's
activities; it is therefore imperative that we take an informed
approach to responsible timber procurement.
Our policy is to purchase wherever possible from well managed
forest sources. However, we do recognise that some areas of the
world represent greater environmental risk than others in respect
of timber harvesting. Jewson engages in a "step-wise" approach to
timber procurement. This is designed to move, over time, away from
non-certified products towards products certified under FSC™, PEFC
or similar standards.
Where customer demands require timber from areas of greater
risk, our approach is only to work with suppliers who can
demonstrate an improving programme of sustainability in their
Chain of Custody Timber
Chain of Custody is a process that, using independent auditing,
rigorously documents and tracks certified timber from the forest to
final point of purchase.
The process tracks timber through each stage of the supply
chain, from felling through milling, transportation, import,
distribution and finally to the point of use. This provides a level
of transparency and traceability to guarantee compliance with
demands for ethically sourced timber products.
Timber that qualifies for Chain of Custody certification is
sourced from "legal and sustainable" forests. It guarantees that
timber has been harvested legally and as part of an overall forest
management system. Each piece of timber or order is coded uniquely
to prove that it originates from a sustainable forest.
Environmental Timber Policy
An integral part of our program for continuous improvement us
our activity and association with relevant organisations. For
example we are members of the WWF-UK Forest and Trade Network.
Download our Environmental Timber Policy.
Jewson has obtained certification for all its branches for ®FSC
chain of custody, Trada forest products chain and PEFC
chain of custody. Click the thumb nails below to view the