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05 Nov.2013 ,

WBCSD Press Release: Global Forest Products Companies Come Together to Support Forest Certification

In an unprecedented show of support from the private sector for forest certification, 26 of the world’s leading companies along the forest products value chain released a leadership statement today, committing to significantly scale up sustainable forest management.

These 26 members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions Group (FSG) are responsible for nearly 40% of annual global forest, paper and packaging sales, and are aware that the business sector plays a major role in transforming forest challenges into forest-based opportunities and solutions.

The FSG’s Leadership Statement on the Value and Future of Forest Certification and accompanying technical brief, issued at the WBCSD’s Council Week in Istanbul, recognizes that reducing forest loss and degradation is a global societal priority requiring immediate and concerted action.

“With today’s statement and commitments, the FSG aims to demonstrate leadership in addressing the world’s need for increased sustainable management of natural forests and plantations, as well as wiser use and reuse of forest products,” said FSG co-chair José Luciano Penido, Chairman of Brazil-based Fibria.

In order to ensure that the supply of independently-verified sustainable wood and other forest products continues to increase to meet growing demand, all 26 FSG member companies commit to:

  • Work with stakeholders to spread sustainable forest management;
  • Support and promote the expansion of forest certification;
  • Set 2020 targets to increase the use of certification when sourcing forest products and fiber;
  • Grow markets for certified forest products.

“To meet increasing global demand, we need to expand forest management practices in ways that maintain their growth and vitality, while protecting ecosystems, biodiversity, and livelihoods,” said FSG co-chair Riikka Joukio, Senior Vice President of Finland-based Metsä Group.

Forest certification is a voluntary, market-focused mechanism, which supports a broad range of social, economic and environmental benefits associated with sustainable forest management, yet according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), only 10% of the world’s forests are independently certified.

“The FSG’s leadership statement calls on all stakeholders to join forces to innovate and grow markets for sustainably-produced forest products. Approaches to expand reach and impact of existing certification standards should better address the needs of small forest owners, community forestry, indigenous peoples and agroforestry operators,” said James Griffiths, Managing Director at the WBCSD.

Today’s leadership statement, endorsed by all 26 FSG member companies, is available on the WBCSD website.

FSG core members:
Ahlstrom, Altri, APRIL, Empresas CMPC, Fibria, Grupo Portucel Soporcel, International Paper, Metsä Group, Mondi Group, MWV, SCA, SCG Paper, StoraEnso, Suzano Pulp and Paper, UPM, Weyerhaeuser

FSG associate members:
Andritz, AkzoNobel, Evonik Industries, Kimberly-Clark, Metso, Proctor & Gamble, Pöyry, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SC Johnson and Unilever

 

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23 Sep.2013

Forests and the forest-based sector are back on the EU radar screen

European paper industry welcomes new EU Forest Strategy


The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) welcomes the adoption of the new EU Forest Strategy by the European Commission. Most importantly, the Strategy will support the paper industry’s contribution to the European bio-based economy, as it comprises wood mobilisation as well as the “cascade” principle for wood use.


“The Forest Strategy will enable the full benefits of sustainable forest management in Europe at a time where the European paper industry is becoming a key contributor to the bio-based economy. It will help coordinate Member States and Commission acivities related to forests, while increasingly relying on wood as a valuable raw material”,
commented Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General.


CEPI welcomes several key points listed in the Strategy, notably (1) promoting the use of wood, (2) facilitating wood mobilisation, and (3) conveying a focus on research and innovation in the forest sector. Each of these areas are important to the competitiveness of the European paper industry as wood is a critical raw material for them.


Moreover, CEPI highly appreciates the reference to the “cascade” principle of wood use, which will help the EU use its wood more effectively. Furthermore, its inclusion shows that the Commission gives prominence to the creation of value and jobs in a strategic industry sector in Europe.


In addition, CEPI offers to support the Commission in the implementation of the new Forest Strategy, particularly via the Advisory Group on Forestry and Cork. CEPI is a member of this group and intends to play an active role.


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For more information, please contact Daniela Haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org, mobile: +32 (0) 473 562 936
 

Note to the Editor

Commission presents new EU forest strategy
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-850_en.htm
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-806_en.htm
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-803_en.htm


CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 950 paper mills. Together they represent 24% of world production.
 

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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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