Forests: Sustainable Development

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered at on 7 July 2022.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Climate Change and Net Zero)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to remove unsustainable legal deforestation from UK supply chains, as recommended by the Climate Change Committee in its most recent Progress Report to Parliament.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The UK Government is tackling unsustainable legal deforestation through two key initiatives:

  1. The UK and Indonesia co-chair the Forest Agricultural and Commodity Trade (FACT) Dialogue, working with 28 major producer and consumer governments of forest risk commodities to deliver a roadmap for action, to protect forests and other ecosystems whilst promoting sustainable trade.

The UK and US are convening 13 of the world’s largest agri-commodity trader companies who have committed to developing a roadmap for COP27. This roadmap focuses on accelerated supply chain action, to reduce emissions from land use change, and working with key stakeholders to address the root causes of deforestation.

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