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News | 15 Nov.2012

EU Timber Regulation – Easy guidance from the European paper industry

Update February 2013: The final guidance document has been made public by the European Commission. To view it click on the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/forests/pdf/Final%20Guidance%20document.pdf

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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
 

Publication | 13 Nov.2012

Raw material efficiency in the European Paper Industry - Doing more with less is what we do best

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CEPI created an infographic on raw material efficiency in the European paper industry. The infographic is based on a 2011 study by Udo Mantau from the University of Hamburg. The study, based on data from FAO and Eurostat, shows how much wood is growing in the EU forests and which fraction of this wood is harvested to be used as a raw material for the production of paper and wood products.

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Publication | 13 Nov.2012

Wood flows in Europe

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Publication | 13 Nov.2012

Employment and value added - A Comparison between the European Pulp and Paper Industry and the Bioenergy Sector

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News | 01 Nov.2012

New report underlines sustainability benefits of using forest products

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) today released a report highlighting the key role forests and forest products play in furthering sustainable solutions in a resource constrained world. Facts and Trends: Forests, forest products, carbon & energy underlines their necessity for a future low-carbon and bio-based economy, as they can help to reduce society’s greenhouse gas emissions.

To meet growing demand for forest fiber, sustainable forest management is a key strategy and development opportunity, accommodating and leveraging the ample economic, social and ecological benefits of forests and forest products.

Facts and Trends: Forests, forest products, carbon & energy aligns with the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which noted that over the long term sustainable forest management strategies that maintain or increase forest carbon stocks, while sustaining yield of timber, fiber or energy will generate the largest sustained mitigation benefit.

This report is a companion document to the November 2011 released The Sustainable Forest Products Industry, Carbon and Climate Change – Key Messages for Policy-Makers and provides an overview of simple facts and trends about forests, forest products, carbon and energy.

 

About the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Together with its members, the Council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action. Leveraging its strong relationships with stakeholders as the leading advocate for business, the Council helps drive debate and policy change in favor of sustainable development solutions.

The WBCSD provides a forum for its 200 member companies - who represent all business sectors, all continents and a combined revenue of more than $7 trillion - to share best practices on sustainable development issues and to develop innovative tools that change the status quo. The Council also benefits from a network of 60 national and regional business councils and partner organizations, a majority of which are based in developing countries.

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For more information, please contact

Vanessa Whittall, Communications
whittall@wbcsd.org
+41 22 839 3157

 

 

 

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News | 12 Oct.2012

European forest and forest-based sectors commit to strengthen cooperation

 

By signing a Memorandum of Understanding this week, the executive directors of four 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) - formally committed themselves to strengthen their communication and cooperation in the future.


The four organisations, representing the core of the European forest sector, have a long history of regular communication and frequent cooperation. Forestry plays a prominent role in the work of each association. The associations represent major stakeholders of the European forest resource-holding side (the forest owners) and the processing side (the forest-based industry) –embodying the key players of the entire European forest and timber value chain. All four organisations are also shareholders of the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP).
 

The purpose of this memorandum is to formally agree:


- to regularly meet, communicate and exchange information about forest and forest-based sectors relevant topics and policy developments at EU and pan-European level and the activities of each organisation.
- to observe risks and opportunities of non-forest and forest policies for the forest and forest-based sector at EU and pan-European level.
- to explore options of cooperation and common activities, in particular to strengthen and promote forest and forest-based sector positions within EU and pan-European policy processes and other related initiatives.
 

The common principles of the forest sector core group are:


- to promote the principles of Sustainable Forest Management, and facilitate its implementation at all levels.
- to promote the use of wood and resource efficiency.
- to promote the relevance of the forest and forest-based sector in rural development and a global green economy.

 

 

 

 

For further details about this cooperation and pictures or interview requests, please contact the Secretariats of each of the organisations below.


Contact Details


CEPF - Confederation of European Forest Owners

European Forestry House
66, Rue du Luxembourg
B-1000 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 2392300
office@cepf-eu.org
www.cepf-eu.org


CEI-Bois - European Confederation of Woodworking Industries
Rue Montoyer 24
BE-1000 Brussels
T: +32 2 556 25 85
E: info@cei-bois.org
W: www.cei-bois.org


CEPI - Confederation of European Paper Industries AISBL

250 Avenue Louise, box 80
B-1050 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 627 4911
Email: mail@cepi.org
www.cepi.org


Eustafor - European State Forest Association AISBL
European Forestry House
Rue du Luxembourg 66
1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 239 23 00
office@eustafor.eu
www.eustafor.eu


FTP – Forest-based Sector Technology Platform: www.forestplatform.org

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Position paper | 28 Jun.2012

For consideration by the competent authorities: EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) should support - not discourage - the use of independent verification and certification

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Publication | 22 Feb.2012

CEPI Sustainability Report 2011 Summary

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Press Release | 13 Feb.2012

Good news from Brussels – The EU embraces the bioeconomy

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Press Release | 07 Dec.2011

Forestry winner in 2011 MEP Awards announced

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Press Release | 16 Nov.2011

Unfolding the Future – 2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bio-economy

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Press Release | 15 Nov.2011

A strong record of efficiency – CEPI Sustainability Report 2011

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Publication | 01 Nov.2011

Millenial Survey on Paper Use and Consumption - Summary of Study Findings

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Press Release | 06 Sep.2011

A sustainable bio-economy needs the forest sector

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Publication | 24 Aug.2011

2011 ICFPA Sustainability Progress Summary

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Publication | 24 Aug.2011

ICFPA Sustainability Progress Report

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Press Release | 13 Apr.2011

‘After Sales Service’ needed following promotion of Bio-Energy

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Press Release | 02 Feb.2011

European Paper Industry welcomes European Commission Communication on Raw Materials

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Publication | 11 Nov.2010

Sharing experiences-Promoting biodiversity

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Position paper | 20 Jul.2010

Climate Change Negotiations: Forest Accounting rules should preserve multifunctionality of European Forests

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