Sustainable timber: the opportunity provided by the revision of the EU Public Procurement Directive
February 2012 | Read the briefing

The 2003 FLEGT Action Plan highlighted the opportunity for public procurement policies to address illegal logging by ensuring that taxpayers’ money only purchases verified legal timber. This was an initial step towards purchasing only ‘sustainable timber’, thereby promoting and supporting the long-term sustainability of forests. However, legal uncertainties about compatibility with the EU public procurement rules threaten to
undermine progress along these lines.

However, those rules are under review with a proposal for a revised Directive currently before the European Parliament. In this briefing ClientEarth highlights that more work needs to be done on the proposed text to ensure that it is made clear that the procurement of sustainable products, such as sustainable timber, is compatible with the procurement rules.

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