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19 Jul.2013 ,

European Commission urged to release the EU Forest Strategy

European forest related organisations are seriously concerned that the European Commission has delayed publishing the new EU Forest Strategy. The European Commission is overlooking the importance of forests and forestry in EU policy by postponing publication of the Strategy, even though forests represent 40% of land use in Europe.

 

“The clock is ticking. Further delay in proposing a coherent approach on Europe’s forests can only lead to more fragmented and possibly contradictory decisions”, said Juha Hakkarainen, Chairman of the EU Advisory Group on Forestry and Cork.

Indeed it seems that the European Commission is hesitant in embracing a consistent and coherent approach on forests and forestry. The Advisory Group on Forestry and Cork, as well as Member States representatives (via the Standing Forestry Committee), recently urged the Commission to overcome the last obstacles and to release the Strategy so that it can be examined by the European Parliament and the EU Council. But no action has been taken.

The expected European Commission Communication on a new EU Forest Strategy would update and replace the existing Forestry Strategy which dates back to 1998. It would take into account the new challenges for forests and forestry policy in reference to climate change, renewable energy, biodiversity, resource efficiency and the green economy and establish a coherent framework with other policy areas. Moreover, the new Strategy would be based on the concept of sustainable forest management and the mutlifunctional role of forests.

 

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For more information, please contact:
Philip Buisseret at philip.buisseret@cei-bois.org mobile +32 484468800
Wendelin von Gravenreuth at Wendelin.gravenreuth@cepf-eu.org mobile: +32 474807172
Daniela Haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org mobile: +32 473562936
Amanda Cheesley at Amanda.Cheesley@copa-cogeca.eu mobile +32 474840836
Harald Mauser at harald.mauser@efi.int mobile +32 474180057
Piotr Borkowski at piotr.borkowski@eustafor.eu mobile +32 474989319
Ignacio de la Flor at ignacio@fern.org mobile: +32 484078154

Note to the Editor

EU Forestry Strategy http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/fore/forestry_strategy_en.htm

CEI-Bois aisbl - European Confederation of woodworking industries
Website: http://www.cei-bois.org/ info@cei-bois.org

CEPF- Confederation of European Forest Owners
Website: www.cepf-eu.org office@cepf-eu.org

CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
Website: http://www.cepi.org/ mail@cepi.org

COPA-COGECA - European Farmers European Agri-Cooperatives
Website: http://www.copa-cogeca.eu mail@copa-cogeca.eu

EFI – European Forest Institute
Website: http://www.efi.int/ harald.mauser@efi.int

ELO - European Landowners’ Organization
Website: http://www.europeanlandowners.org/ forest@elo.org

EUSTAFOR - European State Forest Association
Website: www.eustafor.eu office@eustafor.eu

FERN
Website: www.fern.org

USSE - Unión de Silvicultores del Sur de Europa
Website: http://www.usse.es use@usse.es


 

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10 Jul.2013

Presas moderates launch of Strategic Research Agenda in EP

The Forest-based Sector presents its revised Vision for 2030 and renewed Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for 2020 in the European Parliament

A lunch debate was organised by the Forest-based Technology Platform (FTP) in the European Parliament on 9 July, hosted by MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho, to discuss the renewed ‘Vision 2030’ and revised ‘Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda 2020’ (SRA) for the forest-based sector.

During the event the potential of research and innovation in the European forest-based sector to create economic growth and to provide solutions to societal challenges, was discussed and debated. In his introductory speech Antonio di Giulio (European Commission) pointed out the importance of forestry and the woodworking and paper industries in the bio-economy.

Click on the following link for the full press release: http://www.forestplatform.org/en/revised-ftp-sra-2020-presented-and-discussed-in-european-parliament

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12 Jun.2013

Global Forest and Paper Industry’s Sustainability Record Supports Transition to a Green Economy

WASHINGTON – The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) released its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report showing improvements on a range of sustainability indicators and focusing on the industry’s contributions toward a green economy.

The ICFPA and its members have made strong and clear commitments to sustainable development and to working with other stakeholders in ensuring that environmental, social, and economic benefits of forest resources are available to current and future generations. Since the signing of the historic CEO Leadership Statement on Sustainability in 2006, ICFPA has published a biennial report on its members’ progress and performance in areas such as climate change, sustainable forest management, fighting illegal logging, and investments in workers and communities.

In addition to reporting on performance, this 4th edition of the Sustainability Progress Report describes how the forest and paper industry is supporting a green economy through five key areas: resource efficiency, bio-based products, innovative technologies, carbon sequestration, and improved well-being of communities.

“Ours is a diverse industry that contributes to the economic development and social well-being of communities across the globe,” said Donna Harman, president and CEO of the American Forest & Paper Association and president of the ICFPA. “Our global industry is working every day to improve our practices to ensure that we deliver sustainably-produced, renewable, natural products to our domestic and global customers. We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to future progress as we contribute to sustainable development through new products and services in a green economy.”

ICFPA members continue to show progress on environmental indicators.

  • Greenhouse gas emissions intensity has been reduced by 16 percent between 2005 and 2011.
  • The share of bio-energy in the industry’s fuel mix has increased by 5 percentage points since 2005 to 58 percent.
  • The number of hectares certified to a third-party sustainable forest management certification system increased by 38 percentage points since 2000 to 50 percent of wood supply.
  • Global paper recycling rates have increased by 10 percentage points between 2001 and 2011 to 56 percent.
  • Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions decreased by 34 percent between 2005 and 2011.

Contributing to this report are forest and paper industry associations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Europe, India, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, and the United States.

Read the full report at: www.icfpa.org/resource-centre/sustainability-information

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Katharine Eaton
+1 (202) 463-2436
info@icfpa.org

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07 Jun.2013

Forest and Paper Industry Leaders Discuss the Global Sector’s Future

SAO PAULO – Today, the sixth biennial international CEOs Roundtable organized by the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) took place in São Paulo, Brazil. More than 50 CEOs and association leaders from around the world met to address issues of common interest, including the consequences of economic pressures on forests from the demand for food, fuel and fiber, the impacts of government policies and programs on the forest products industry, and how to position the industry in its transition for the future.

“We are optimistic about the future of the global forest products industry,” said David Scheible, President and CEO of Graphic Packaging International, Inc. “Our industry provides renewable and recyclable products that are important to the global economy and meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities around the globe.”

As a supplier of sustainable, renewable, and recyclable wood and paper products, the industry has a growing opportunity to both satisfy traditional markets for pulp, paper, paper-based packaging, and wood products and new markets for bio-energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and others. Many companies are working on the development of next-generation materials from wood fiber that can meet the needs of a growing global population.

“Our industry is advancing its value-added proposition with the potential of delivering sustainable, 21st century products that can help lighten the global manufacturing sector’s environmental footprint,” said Marcelo Castelli, President and CEO of Fibria S/A. “The industry’s transformation towards the next-generation forest economy is being fueled by the rapidly growing bio‐economy.”

Key points of discussion by the CEOs included the demands for wood fiber and the challenges and opportunities for the industry in the areas of increased forest yields, improvements in recovered fiber quality and quantity, and new products in the bio-economy. They also discussed opportunities for industry collaboration on global government policies affecting the industry’s competiveness and opportunities for attracting new customers and new workers by improving perceptions of the industry.

“In order to truly take advantage of the growing opportunities provided by the bio-economy, the industry will need an infusion of new workers and new skills and competencies to produce these new products,” said Chad Wasilenkoff, CEO, Fortress Paper, Ltd. “Working through our industry associations, with governments and educational institutions, we are committed to attract and train the best and the brightest to our green renewable industry.”

The next ICFPA CEOs Roundtable is scheduled to take place in 2015.

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For More Information:
Katharine Eaton
+1 (202) 463-2434
info@icfpa.org

Silvia Maiolino
+55 (11) 97540-7594
silvia@bracelpa.org.br

ICFPA website: www.icfpa.org

Press release: http://www.icfpa.org/mediaroom/35/23/Forest-and-Paper-Industry-Leaders-Discuss-the-Global-Sector-s-Future

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18 Apr.2013 ,

EuroNanoForum: Workshop - Products based on wood nanotechnology

The EuroNanoForum conference focuses on the impact nanotechnology is having in solving societal challenges linked to environmental, energy and health issues. It showcases innovation as a driver of economic growth. It presents new technologies arising from nanoscience and their applications and discusses potential new end products. It addresses commercialisation and co-operative alliances and schemes that accelerate their deployment, whilst also considering other key enabling technologies: advanced materials, nanoelectronics and manufacturing.
Participation will be in excess of 1000 key stakeholders from Europe and elsewhere, including nanotechnology applied researchers, industry stakeholders, and the decision-makers responsible for European R&D funding. This is your opportunity to influence decisions on the future of European Nanotechnology R&D.  The event offers a bridge to Horizon 2020, the European Union’s future funding programme for research and innovation (2014-2020). The conference will look at how nanotechnologies will fit into the targeted key priority areas of Horizon 2020: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges.
 

The Forest Technology Platform, together with the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), is organising a  workshop on ‘Products based on wood nanotechnology’ on Thursday 20 June, 09:00 – 10:30h. Wood-based nanotechnologies and the production of nano-based products have many promising application areas. The world production of nanocellulose has just passed 100 ton per year and meanwhile new multi-functional nanoparticle coatings are being developed and the research on wood-based carbon-nanotubes is moving fast.
 

But how long will it take until we see the first market applications? In what way will wood-nanotechnologies satisfy the need of consumers? To debate these questions and to consider the future of wood nanotechnology the following speakers will lead the discussion:


Johan Elvnert, Managing Director, FTP – Introduction to the renewed European Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRA) for the forest-based sector
• Alexander Bismarck, Professor, Vienna University – Nanosized bacterial cellulose, truly green and fully renewable composites, and novel macroporous polymers
• Pia Qvintus, VTT – Plant-based nanocellulose – from research to applications
• Esa Laurinsilta, Director, UPM – The market for nanoncellulose in 5 years
• Anna Suurnäkki, Chief research scientist, VTT – overview of other nano-application research areas emerging
• Panel Discussion: Will nanotechnology-derived applications take the market gradually or will we see a paradigm-shift for the forest-based industry and consumers?


Nanotech Europe and EuroNanoForum are joining forces in 2013 to create the biggest European marketplace for nanotechnology and materials applications, products and research. The fully integrated exhibition will enable you to demonstrate and see state of the art technologies and research results from innovative companies, leading institutes, clusters, SMEs and EU-projects.

For registration and further information: www.euronanoforum2013.eu

CEPI is a member of the Forest technology Platform (FTP)

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