TIMBER BUYERS GROUPDELIBERATIONS
The TBG first met in October 1999 and has met five times since then. A summary of its remit and activities follows:
The Timber Buyers Group is BG an inter-departmental group reporting to the Cabinet Sub Committee of Green Ministers ENV(G). The TBG's remit prior to July 2000 was to exchange information; after that date it was to:
assist Government bodies in working with timber suppliers and producers;
give advice on best purchasing practice;
set progressive overall targets for government timber purchases from assured sustainable and legal sources;
agree appropriate targets for individual departments and agencies.
report on progress to ENV(G).
Summary of Issues Discussed at Meetings
1. 7 October 1999
UK Government procurement policy and EC Directives.
Role of the Office for Government Commerce.
Timber procurement in DETR.
Experience of other Government Departmentsincluding difficulties experienced in sourcing timber from sustainably managed forests.
Next stepsproduction of guidance and data collection.
2. 27 July 2000
Combined meeting with NGOs and the trade:
Public procurement regulations and international treaty obligations.
Involving Departments' associated bodies.
Evidence of SFM, including the FSC scheme.
Promoting use of reclaimed and recycled timber.
Illegally harvested timber.
Problems in dealing with public sector purchasing organisations.
Problems encountered by the public sector.
Next stepsincluding an offer by WWF to help Departments source wood from legal and sustainably managed sources.
3. 24 October 2000
Revised TBG terms of reference.
Timber policyimplications of making it mandatory.
Annual reporting by Departments.
Monitoring by the TBG and Green Ministers.
Draft model specification.
4. 30 March 2001
Proposed Timber Scoping Study.
Briefing on the revised Green Guide for Buyers.
5. 18 October 2001
Bids for Scoping Study.
Responses to Green Ministers' Report Questionnaire.
Pilot project to collaborate with WWF.
Avdisory Committee on Consumer Products feedback.
6. 7 February 2002
Consideration of Consultants report on tasks 1 to 3 of Phase 1 of the timber scoping study.
Stakeholder involvementplanning the consultation exercise and meeting for NGOs, trade and other interested parties.
Targets for departments.
Training and workshops.