All of Formica Group’s European manufacturing sites and distribution centres have achieved the internationally-recognised Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody (COC) certification from leading accreditation body, BM TRADA. This ensures that materials used in the production of Formica® High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and wood-based bonded items are from sustainably managed sources.
FSC Chain of Custody tracks FSC-certified material through the production process including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution.
Gavin Todd, Group Development Manager for Sustainability, Formica Group, says; “Chain of custody certification is an assurance that materials used in our High Pressure Laminate products originate from forests that meet stringent environmental, social and economic standards. This is very much in line with Formica Group’s approach, and supports our customers’ environmental initiatives as well.”
Demand for chain of custody certification has grown dramatically in recent years to the extent that, for many companies, the ability to prove that a timber product has been derived from a well-managed source is now a key factor in the specification of timber-based products. In Europe, Formica® product ranges are a key resource for architects, designers, fabricators and other specifiers. FSC COC is an assurance that these materials are able to meet their expectations as well as obligations under various sustainable building codes, for example supporting customers’ LEED and BREEAM certification strategies.
FSC Chain of Custody certification is recognised by LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Rating System for environmentally focused design. Certification may contribute MR Credit 7: Certified Wood in commercial projects within the LEED assessment method, and contribute towards points within the materials section of the BREEAM assessment method.
Initially, the company undertook a comprehensive study in the form of a product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to benchmark existing processes, help set goals for the future and provide a full carbon footprint for its manufacturing facilities.
Formica Group completed this LCA on key products and their environmental impacts on energy, water, waste and greenhouse gases in all its ten plants worldwide. The assessment was conducted by an independent, third-party carbon and sustainability consultant in accordance with the international standard ISO 14040 series.