09 May.2014 ,

Global Forest and Paper Industry Highlights Benefits of Bio-based Packaging at Interpack Trade Fair

WASHINGTON/Brussels – On May 9, the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) will participate in the special event International Coalition Bio-based Packaging: A Green Food Saver at the 2014 Interpack trade fair held in Düsseldorf, Germany. ICFPA is partnering on the event with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Technology Research Centre of Finland (VTT).

“Paper-based packaging plays an important role in minimizing food waste,” said ICFPA President Donna Harman. “By providing bio-based means to transport, protect and preserve food, our industry is helping to meet the needs of the growing global population.”
Paper-based packaging is made from a renewable resource – well-managed forests – and delivers a sustainable packaging option to bring food from the field to the home safely and in excellent condition: corrugated boxes protect food when it is shipped to stores; paperboard is used to package food for efficient stocking and display; and paper bags give customers an environmentally-friendly way to transport their purchases.

In addition, new and innovative paper-based packaging is continuously developed to increase functional use – including optimal food preservation – and to better serve consumers.

Paper and paper-based packaging industries around the world make great efforts to recover, and increase recovery of, their products for recycling. Independent data indicate that the global recovery rate for corrugated paperboard packaging is approaching 90 percent.

“On top of that our sector’s use of natural, renewable bio-based resources together with our knowledge of paper recycling systems, fiber processing and of wood and fiber chemistry qualifies us as a major player in the bio-economy. Well-positioning the paper-based packaging sector for the future, “stressed Teresa Presas, Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries and member of the ICFPA.

The ICFPA represents more than 30 national and regional forest and paper associations around the world. Together, ICFPA members represent nearly 90 percent of global paper production and 50 percent of global wood production.

CEPI is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry in 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.

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11 Dec.2013

Forest-based sector launches children book during European Forest Week

“The Unexpected Forest” features adventures from Spik and Booksy in the forest – a lovely story that describes sustainable forest management and timber use without the usual facts and figures

Four main forest related European associations – namely the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF), the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR), the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), and the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) – published jointly a children book that explains in a carefully scripted story the concept of sustainable forestry and forest industries. They launched the book together with Santa Claus during the European Forest Week in his hometown Rovaniemi, Finland this week.
“Our friend Big Oak is threatened by a great danger!”

The charmingly illustrated booklet entitled “The Unexpected Forest” features Spik the pencil and Booksy the notebook, who go into the wood and discover the secrets of the forest. They realise they are part of a larger cycle, that starts with sustainable forest management. Spik and Booksy meet with the people working in the forest and with forest products and learn that they themselves once came from the forest.

The book was written by Magali De Rijck and beautifully illustrated by Roseline d’Oreye. Published by CEI-Bois, CEPF, CEPI and EUSTAFOR, it is already available in English, French, Swedish and German. It is meant to reach youngsters between the ages of 5-8 years old, to help educate them on the importance of forests and forest products in their daily lives.

Paper copies of this limited edition booklet are available on request.




Note to the editor

European Forest Week, 9-13 December 2013:
The European Forest Week constitutes events in Rovaniemi and throughout Europe, highlighting the contribution of forests, forest products and services to a green economy. It raises the visibility of the forest sector and the multiple services forests contribute to daily live

CEPF - Confederation of European Forest Owners
European Forestry House
66, Rue du Luxembourg
B-1000 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 2392300

CEI-Bois - European Confederation of Woodworking Industries
Rue Montoyer 24
BE-1000 Brussels
T: +32 2 556 25 85

CEPI - Confederation of European Paper Industries AISBL
250 Avenue Louise, box 80
B-1050 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 627 4911

Eustafor - European State Forest Association AISBL
European Forestry House
Rue du Luxembourg 66
1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 239 23 00


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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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Commission presents new EU forest strategy

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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Philip Buisseret at mobile +32 484468800
Wendelin von Gravenreuth at mobile: +32 474807172
Daniela Haiduc at mobile: +32 473562936
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Harald Mauser at mobile +32 474180057
Piotr Borkowski at mobile +32 474989319
Ignacio de la Flor at mobile: +32 484078154

Note to the Editor

EU Forestry Strategy

CEI-Bois aisbl - European Confederation of woodworking industries

CEPF- Confederation of European Forest Owners

CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries

COPA-COGECA - European Farmers European Agri-Cooperatives

EFI – European Forest Institute

ELO - European Landowners’ Organization

EUSTAFOR - European State Forest Association


USSE - Unión de Silvicultores del Sur de Europa


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