Timber importer Premier Forest Products have demonstrated their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint by importing 8,600 cubic metres of timber by sea, taking the equivalent of one hundred lorries off the road.
The Newport-based company has been importing timber from Germany since the beginning of the year. However, as demand for PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified increases, Premier have decided to make the move as bringing product in by road is not the most environmentally sound option.
Premier softwoods director Paul Ford said: “The amount of timber we were importing from Germany has doubled since our initial order due to high demand, so it makes sense both environmentally and financially to switch from lorries to an alternative mode of transport.
“The timber industry is always looking for ways to become more ‘green’ – at Premier, for example, we are importing increasing amounts of certified wood each month, including all our German timber, which is 100 per cent PEFC-certified.
“One of the main ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to ‘reduce car use’, so taking a hundred lorries off the road in Wales will have a huge impact on our country’s carbon output.”