Germany’s national forest certification standard has been submitted to the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes council for re-approval.

The standard, now the subject of public consultation, has already been reviewed and revised during the past two years as part of the PEFC’s re-endorsement process, which requires national certification schemes to be re-submitted every five years.

Dirk Teegelbekkers, PEFC Germany secretary-general, said: “The demand for PEFC certification in Germany is increasing, and companies that decided not to be PEFC certified five years ago, are now choosing PEFC as a means of improving their market access and as evidence of their support for sustainability.”

He said PEFC had successfully solved the problem of certifying small-scale forest owners in Germany.