09 October 2020
THE EUROPEAN WOODWORKING INDUSTRIES WELCOME THE PARLIAMENT REPORT ON THE FUTURE OF THE EU FOREST STRATEGY
On 7th October 2020 the European Parliament, gathered in Plenary session, adopted the own initiative report “The European Forest Strategy – The way forward”, led by the Rapporteur Petri Sarvamaa (Finland, EPP Group). The European Woodworking Industries endorse the adopted report, which stresses the need for a balanced, independent and self-standing EU Forest Strategy for the post-2020 period, built on a comprehensive understanding of Sustainable Forest Management.
This approach is the way forward to enable the European forests and forest-based Industries to tap into their potential of climate change mitigation and sustainable job creation, in line with the 2050 climate-neutrality objective of the EU. As the report rightly acknowledges, “stepping up the circular bio-economy is an essential approach to achieving a low-carbon society in the implementation of the Green Deal”, and the European Woodworking Industries play an essential role in that transition. The sector also offers an example of a circular bio-based industrial ecosystem, where materials, by-products and residues are supplied across the various parts of the value chain to make the most efficient use of resources, including through re-use and recycling.
Promoting the use of wood-based products also provides a robust and immediate solution for reaching a carbon-neutral EU economy, thanks to the effects of carbon storage in wood and substitution of fossil-based materials. This offers the potential to decarbonize the building sector, both in sustainable new construction and in the energy efficient renovation of the existing building stock: wood products used in renovation provide excellent insulation properties and require less energy in manufacturing and transport, thereby reducing the final embodied energy in the building.
THE EUROPEAN WOODWORKING INDUSTRIES
The European Woodworking Industries drive the development of a sustainable European bio-economy and are key contributors to jobs and growth. In 2018 the production value of the sector reached closed to 240 billion EUR. The sector counts almost 180.000 companies in Europe, most of which are small and medium sized. Given the SME structure of the industry (it should be borne in mind that some countries do not take into account firms with less than 20 employees, thus the global figures tend to substantially underestimate the employment in small and medium-sized industrial sectors) the actual total number of employees in the EU-28 wood industries should be estimated at substantially more than 2.1 million in 2018.
*CEI-Bois is the European Confederation of the Woodworking Industries. It represents 21 European and National organizations from 15 countries and is the body backing the interests of the whole industrial European wood sector.
*European Panel Federation (EPF) represents the manufacturers of wood-based panels being particleboard, dry process fiberboard (MDF), oriented strand board (OSB), hardboard, softboard and plywood. EPF has members in 32 European countries. The EU wood panel industry creates over 100,000 jobs directly and counts more than 5,000 enterprises in Europe. Annual turnover is approximately € 22 billion.
*European Federation of the Parquet industry (FEP) reunites more than 80 members in 20 countries: European parquet manufacturers, national parquet associations and suppliers to the industry. The primary goal of FEP is to strengthen and improve the position of wood flooring as a sustainable floor covering solution.
*European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) represents some 35,000 sawmills manufacturing sawn boards, timber frames, glulam, decking, flooring, joinery, fencing and several other wood products. EOS represents around 80% of the total European sawn wood output in a sector that has a turnover of around 35 billion EUR and employs about 250,000 people.
For more information contact:
-CEI-Bois, Patrizio Antonicoli, Tel. +32 2 5562585, E-mail: email@example.com www.cei-bois.org
-EOS, Silvia Melegari, Tel. +32 2 2870868, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.eos-oes.eu
-EPF, Clive Pinnington, Tel. +32 2 5562589, E-mail: email@example.com www.europanels.org
-FEP, Endre Varga, Tel. +32 2 2870877, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.parquet.net