Energy minister Greg Barker has pledged UK support to the Tropical Forests Alliance 2020, a partnership set up by the Consumer Goods Forum and the US government to tackle deforestation.
Mr Barker made the announcement during a meeting with Donald Steinberg, deputy administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, in Washington.
The CGF, an industry network representing more than 400 retailers and manufacturers, aims to eliminate deforestation from palm oil, soya, beef and paper supply chains by 2020.
The lliance, established in 2012 to realise the CGF target, brings together companies and governments to identify practical opportunities for more sustainable production methods and supply chains.
Mr Barker said: “The urgency of tackling climate change is clear and limiting global warming to 2 deg C limit will be extremely challenging – if not impossible – without a significant reduction in deforestation before 2020.
“Joining the alliance builds on the work the UK is already doing with the timber industry and rainforest countries to crack down on illegal logging, and our plans to address the agricultural drivers of deforestation.
“The UK wants to accelerate international efforts to reduce deforestation. That’s why we are keen to work with the Alliance and help drive this important agenda forward.”
The Alliance will provide a forum in which to share best practice with major private companies that have adopted sustainable supply chains, and encourage other governments and companies to take similar steps.
In an interview with H&V News, Euroheat co-founder Simon Holden commented on the subject of deforestation: ““The main thing to consider is the tonnes of wood that is sent to landfill each year – a terrible waste that could be heating our homes and businesses.
“Wood releases as much CO2 rotting as it does being burnt, so it may as well be providing us with useable energy.”
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