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CERTIFICATIONS AND ACCREDITATIONS

ANWE is committed to social, environmental, sustainable forestry and safety management.

CERTIFICATIONS

Forest and environmental management system certification is audited by an accredited, independent, third-party certification body to ensure compliance and continuous improvement. The auditors chosen are accredited as a certification body under the processes of Joint Accreditation Systems of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) to ensure credibility and transparency in the certification process.

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ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

The Environmental Management System Standard ISO 14001 is internationally recognised and enables ANWE to achieve environmental regulatory compliance. It provides a framework for achieving and continually improving our environmental performance.

The Chip Export Terminal also has certification to EMS ISO 14001 and this is audited by an external certification body to ensure that compliance to this standard is maintained.

EMS certification is still currently held by South East Fibre Exports (SEFE) as they are the title holders of the land on which the Chip Export Terminal sits. The management requirements of the EMS certification is currently being undertaken by the site operators Australian Marshalling Services (AMS).

It is planned that at the next external audit conducted by the certification body, the EMS certificate will be transferred from SEFE to AMS who operates the site.

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Fuel storage, Stormwater, leachate water management and woody waste management are the main aspects that are considered to require active onsite management.

Australian Marshalling Services (AMS) are engaged by ANWE to conduct the daily operations of the business. This includes the log yard and loading of export products.

As part of its commitment to the environment, AMS holds an Environment Protection Licence (EPL) with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority for activities conducted at the ANWE site.

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The Chip Export Terminal’s EPL has a requirement to publish the Pollution Monitoring Results.

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It is a requirement of the NSW Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) that those with an EPL must have in place a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP).

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CHAIN OF CUSTODY (CoC)

The Chain of Custody Standard (AS 4707) (standard for certified forest products) is an inventory control system that tracks the pathway that forest products take from a Defined Forest Area (DFA) or stated source to the final consumer. It was created to allow labelling of wood products and assure the customer that the product they receive has been produced from sustainably managed forests.

ANWE recognise that it is very important to our customers that the Australian Forestry Certification Scheme (AFCS) has international recognition.  This mutual recognition occurs through the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

ANWE recognises that credible independent certification of forest management and chain of custody contributes to sustainable forest management. Therefore, ANWE prioritises the purchase of products from certified sources, favouring labels or certificates that include environmental or sustainability claims that are supported by publicly available standards drawn up in a fully participatory, transparent and objective process and verified by independent third-party auditing.

ANWE has certification to AS4707.

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A Due Diligence System (DDS) is a legal requirement of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Amendment Regulations 2013 and an important component of the Chain of Custody standard (AS 4707).

Due Diligence is a framework of processes and procedures designed to ensure that forest products are obtained from legal and responsible sources. These processes involve the gathering of information, a risk assessment of the supply area and risk mitigation if required.

ANWE obtains wood from plantations and native forests managed by the Forestry Corporation of NSW, Vic Forests and Pentarch Forest Products all of whom are certified under the AFS/PEFC scheme.

Risk assessments on these wood sources determines whether wood can be accepted as controlled material, if further mitigation is required, or if it cannot be accepted.

MORE INFORMATION

For information on the standards above please visit the websites listed in the links section of this page.

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IMPORTANT LINKS