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20 Sep.2018 ,

EU Timber Regulation – Easy guidance from the European paper industry


 


Back in 2002, awareness that illegally logged wood was sold and used in Europe grew rapidly in Europe. The first response of the European Institutions was the FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) Action Plan that was listing a series of actions aiming at curbing down illegal logging. Among these possible actions, the negotiations of bilateral agreements with timber producing and exporting countries – the so-called Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) -, the adaptation of public procurement policies, the better use of existing instruments (like the CITES Convention or the EU measures against money laundering), capacity building and development aid for the producing countries, private sector voluntary initiatives, etc. Later, the EU felt the need to develop a legislative proposal with a views to “minimize the risk” of placing illegally logged timber on the EU market. The idea of the Regulation was born.

The Regulation requires anyone who supplies or sells timber or a processed timber products for the first time on the EU market to carry out a due diligence, assess the potential risks related to the products (origin, species, etc.) and, if needed, mitigate the risks. Still any subsequent user of the wood or wood products, once it has been placed on the market, must provide basic information on his supplier and his buyer.


CEPI created a simple decision tree, that can be followed as a video, pausing where necessary, to check whether one needs to exercise ‘due diligence’ or not and how to do it. The decision tree brings the issue down to a simple matrix, making it easy for any user of paper or wood products to determine their obligations in this EU Timber Regulation.

See also:

CEPI code of legal logging

Full list of exceptions for the EU Timber Regulation: http://www.euflegt.efi.int/files/attachments/euflegt/summary_eu_timber_regulation_27012012.pdf

European Commission page on the EU timber regulation http://ec.europa.eu/environment/forests/timber_regulation.htm
 

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20 Sep.2018 ,

FEPE

European Envelope Manufacturers Association
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20 Sep.2018 ,

PRO2PAC


20 Sep.2018 ,

4th Annual Global Packaging Summit 2015


20 Sep.2018 ,

Kurt Schaefer

Vice-President, Fibre, RISI
Speaking at: Pulp and paper market outlook session

With over 20 years of experience with the company, Kurt leads RISI´s analysis of the pulp and recovered paper segments of the industry, specializing in papergrade pulp. He publishes a monthly commentary and forecast on the world pulp market, World Pulp Monthly. He also produces RISI´s long–term pulp forecasts, focusing on variables such as pulp consumption, capacity, production, production costs, and pricing. In 2012, Kurt was the project leader and principal author of RISI’s multiclient study, The China Pulp Market: A Comprehensive Analysis and Outlook, which is the most comprehensive and in-depth study to date of the Chinese pulp market. Kurt was stationed in Beijing in 2011 and in Brussels in 2012 and is currently working out of RISI’s Boston-area office. Prior to specializing in papergrade pulp, Kurt was Director of Pulp & Paper Forecaster and was responsible for forecasting prices and market conditions across all of the major grades of paper and paperboard in North America, including containerboard, newsprint, and printing and writing papers. In 1995, he received the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and holds degrees in Economics from the University of Virginia and Miami University.

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