The FSC Policy and Standards Unit has released a new Advice Note (ADVICE-20-007-16) that explains the requirements to be complied with for the establishment of wind turbines within FSC certified areas. Over the past year a rise in stakeholder inquiries in Sweden and elsewhere regarding FSC’s position on wind turbine establishment within FSC certified areas raised the need for FSC to clarify its position on the issue.
The result is FSC Advice Note Wind turbine establishment within FSC certified areas. This Advice Note, which is internationally applicable, has been developed in consultation with stakeholders. The Advice Note recognizes that the establishment of a wind turbine within a forest entails a conversion of land, and must comply with FSC’s requirements on conversion (Criterion 6.10 of the Principles & Criteria). If the conversion does not comply with Criterion 6.10, the possibility exists of excising that portion of land from the forest management unit. This must then follow the FSC Policy on Excision.
The Advice Note is contained in the updated version of the Directive on FSC Forest Management Evaluations (FSC-DIR-20-007 EN), which can be accessed here.
Download the press release here.