The SFI 2015-2019 Standard is a research and science-based standard that takes careful consideration of social, economic and environmental issues related to forest management as well as the interests in the marketplace. The SFI 2015-2019 Standard includes language to address the issues of bioenergy feedstock harvesting and climate change. SFI Inc. also supports research to further our knowledge about responsible bioenergy feedstock harvesting and climate change mitigation.
The SFI 2010-2014 Standard requirements related to forest management and fiber sourcing are the same regardless of the final product, whether it is solid wood building products, paper products, or bioenergy feedstock.The bioenergy industry provides new market opportunities for working forests that may incent private landowners to keep forests as forests. It is imperative, however, that appropriate measures are in place for the procurement of forest fiber in order to maintain the health of the forest resource.
Third-party forest certification programs, such as SFI, have a role to play in addressing the growing demand for bioenergy feedstocks without unintended environmental impacts on forest values such as water quality, soil productivity and biodiversity.
Sustainable forestry also makes an important contribution to mitigating climate change and adapting to changing ecosystems. The process of carbon sequestration is a natural byproduct of tree growth and therefore an important component of climate change mitigation. SFI Program Participants must monitor information generated from regional climate models and consider how well-managed forests contribute to resilient ecosystems as an adaptation to a changing climate.