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IKEA to buy FSC-labelled wood only

Czech wood producers are alarmed by Swedish furniture designer and maker IKEA’s statement that it is set to phase out the use of non-FSC certified wood by 2020.

“Today, the FSC certification is the only system meeting our requirements on a global level,” says IKEA’s spokeswoman Zdeňka Pecková.

It is currently estimated that only around 2 percent of Czech forests can meet the FSC ecological standard, with 70 percent of Czech woods being PEFC-certified. Nevertheless, the older certification does not secure sufficiently environment-friendly forest management, IKEA says. PEFC Czech Republic managing director Stanislav Slanina objects that IKEA is dictating conditions of doing business in the Czech Republic, claiming that the PEFC system also guarantees sustainable forest management.

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