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Confor seeks members' views on Brexit through online survey

The Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) has launched an online survey - available here - to collect forestry and wood industries' views on Brexit.

The results of the poll will be revealed at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry (APPGF) at Westminster on April 19.

The APPGF will discuss how a vote to leave the EU might impact on the sector, with two MPs speaking up for each side of the argument. MPs from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will participate in the discussion.

“It is clear that there is a range of opinions across the sector on the future of the EU,” said Stuart Goodall, chief executive of Confor. “We are keen to get an idea of where the balance of opinion lies.”

Confor is also producing a report, written by Guy Watt of John Clegg Consulting Ltd, outlining what the implications of a vote by the British people to leave the European Union might be for the forestry and wood sector.

“There are clearly a number of areas where businesses in our sector are impacted by the decisions of the European Union, such as regulations and subsidy payments and by the operation of a single European market,” added Mr Goodall. “Predicting national and international trends is not easy and there will be implications for our sector whatever decision the British people take."


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European Paper Industry keeps reducing its carbon emissions, CEPI claims

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CEPI) has announced that carbon emissions across the European pulp and paper industry in 2015 fell by at least 1% compared to 2014.

The figures, based on the Verified Emissions and Compliance Data, also show a 27% reduction in absolute emissions throughout the decade 2005-2015.

According to CEPI, last year production levels remained substantially the same, while emission reductions were primarily driven by market consolidation, investments in bioenergy, and the push from international competition to improve efficiency in production processes.

"With energy being the second main component in the cost structure, reducing energy-related costs, such as CO2 emissions, is a priority to secure an internationally-competitive position", CEPI underlines.

"We have been early-movers in low-carbon investments and have further plans to grow our business in Europe, building synergies with Circular Economy as well as the Bioeconomy”, says Jori Ringman, CEPI Acting Director General.

“The EU ETS should support such efforts which are completely in line with its overarching scope of transforming the industries. Therefore the EU ETS should continue to improve the predictability of the regulatory framework, by promoting and rewarding investments in low-carbon technologies”, Mr Ringman adds.

The European Paper Industry currently receives 1.4% of the total allocations for manufacturing sectors, while employing over 6% of the manufacturing industries’ workforce and being responsible for over 5% share of investments in Europe.

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 505 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 920 paper mills. Together they represent 23% of world production.


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UK bioenergy production steadily increases in 2015

According to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) third-quarter energy statistics, bioenergy production increased by 16.3 percent, from 5.9 TWh in 2014 Q3 to 6.9 TWh during 2015 Q3.

The increased biomass generation is partly due to the full conversion of a third unit at Drax power station from coal to biomass in July 2015.

In the same period, the share of renewables increased by 5.9 percent, reaching 23.5 percent. Renewable electricity capacity was 29.7 GW at the end of the third quarter, up 26 percent from a year earlier.

Of electricity generated during the quarter, DECC indicated gas accounted for 34.9 percent. The share of coal dropped to 17.1 percent, while nuclear generation accounted for 21.8 percent. 

For the complete DECC UK Energy report click here.


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PEFC - FSC: new guide explains differences and similarities

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), has recently published a new brochure, ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management around the World: PEFC & FSC’, which aims to answer some of the most  frequently asked questions about the differences and similarities between PEFC’s sustainable forest management certification system, and The Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) programme.

The new publication - available online here - explains the origins of both certification systems, how they came into being, and also helps to clearly explain each of the standards and their definitions.

At the same time the brochure also represents a useful resource tool for certified companies. Both global sustainable forest management certification systems share the same goals of ensuring that forests are managed in line with challenging environmental, social and economic requirements – balancing people, planet and profit.

Worldwide more than 260 million hectares of forests are PEFC certified. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification supplies more than 16,000 Chain of Custody certified companies with responsibly sourced timber and wood products, such as those used in producing fibre-based paper products such as packaging.

Regarding FSC, in March 2016 the organisation reached the milestone of 30,000 certificates supplied across the timber supply chain. All over the world, around 50,000 independent companies and organizations are estimated to buy, manufacture, trade or sell FSC-certified material and products.

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