We can make the 2050 climate neutrality target a reality while making sure that forests keep growing, absorbing CO2 and protecting biodiversity.
OUR 4 PRIORITIES
Renewable resources: planting trees & preserving biodiversity
European forests are home to thousands of species of birds, mammals, insects & plants. Climate change is threatening the forest biodiversity that is vital for our planet’s ecosystems. Sustainable forest management preserves biodiversity and safeguards the forests for future generations. Europe’s forest-based industry is committed to sustainable forest management: we plant more trees than we harvest and only use wood from controlled sources.
Decarbonising: making climate neutrality happen
The European forest-based sector is helping to solve the global climate challenge. Our positive climate impact is equivalent to 20% of the EU’s fossil emissions each year. Net sinks in forests & forest products store 447 million tonnes of CO2. We prevent 410 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year by substituting fossil-based materials and fossil energy. And we continue to reduce our CO2 emissions.
Recyclable & reusable: supporting the circular economy
We support the circular economy by using all parts of the trees in a unique ecosystem alongside the mechanical wood industry and we are an important producer of renewable electricity to the grid from our pulp mills. The European forestry sector is a recycling champion: 72% of European paper and 85% of European paper and board packaging is recycled. In total, we recycle 49 million tonnes of paper and board products each year. Recycled wood fibre can be reused 25 times or more with recycled textile fibre sometimes even stronger than the original.
A fossil-free world: innovative low-carbon alternatives
Europe’s forest-fibre industry can help you revolutionise while you decarbonise. Forest fibre-based products have a far better climate impact than fossil-based materials. Two examples are textiles, where forest-fibre makes sustainable clothing a reality, and packaging which is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Additionally, our scientists are continuously developing new bio-products that will contribute to a more sustainable society.
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