Select Committee on Environmental Audit Minutes of Evidence



Annex E1

 

TIMBER SCOPING STUDY—REMIT

  The contract requires the consultants to:

    —  review Government procurement of timber and timber products;

    —  review currently existing certification or approval schemes for timber production and manufactured timber products; plus other schemes that may be applicable;

    —  propose a set of practical criteria against which the significant features of each scheme can be assessed for contractual purposes and recommend how these criteria could be applied in different circumstances and how specifiers and buyers should use this information to achieve compliance with Government policy;

    —  collect and collate information on the total, and certified volumes and types of timber production in the UK, EU and globally;

    —  identify and make recommendations on the data that should be collected to demonstrate compliance with the policy—advising whether the data already exists and, if so, how it may be accessed. And, if it is not currently collected, on what additional measures might be required to enable its collection;

    —  produce a draft guidance note with relevant information on timber and timber products to assist specifiers and buyers to make decisions and recommendations consistent with Government policy;

    —  make recommendations for the maintenance of the guidance and advice, especially on how changes to certification schemes, or the introduction of new or revised schemes might best be dealt with, with a view to minimising resource requirements;

    —  carry out a comparative review of the available options for disseminating the guidance and advice—ensuring that recommendations are compatible with departmental IT infrastructures;

    —  carry out a comparative review of the available monitoring and reporting options for data on timber and timber products procurement—providing an assessment of the percentage of purchasing that would be included by each option;

    —  include a timetable for the development of monitoring and reporting arrangements in the light of the current and expected availability of data—ensuring that the recommendations are compatible with departmental IT infrastructures;

    —  draw up and submit a draft implementation plan based on the preferred options, including a description and phasing of the main tasks, outline timetable, and estimated budgetary and resource requirements.

 


 
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