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Respondents to surveys run by Forest Research were asked to report on volumes certified. 67% of private sector softwood removals in 2016 were from certified sources (Table 2.28). The percentage of private sector softwood removals that are certified has fluctuated over recent years; industry experts have indicated a general reduction in the level of certification amongst smaller estates and an increase in production from larger estates.

As nearly all removals from Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales and Forest Service woodland are certified, this equates to around 83% of all softwood removals in 2016 from certified sources.

80% of sawmills’ roundwood consumption in 2016 was certified. For round fencing manufacturers, 70% of total softwood consumption was certified.

Table 2.28 Per cent of volume certified, 2007-2016

Year Removals  Sawmills Round fencing manufacturers
  Softwood from Private sector woodland Total softwood (including all removals from FC/NRW/FS woodland) Consumption (softwood and hardwood) Consumption (softwood)
per cent certified volume    
2007 74 88 77 54
2008 65 84 82 62
2009 68 87 82 51
2010 73 87 83 62
2011 72 85 80 61
2012 70 84 82 60
2013 76 87 83 55
2014 72 84 80 69
2015 69 83 80 71
2016 67 83 80 70

     

Source: industry surveys

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