The special characteristics of the export industry must be taken into account in climate policy
The forest industry operates in an international and competitive environment. At the moment, however, only one third of the world’s paper and board industry is covered by the emission trading scheme. Forest industry needs a fair deal in the EU’s decision making as well as at international climate conferences.
Forest industry investments are depending on fair climate policies. Products should be manufactured where production is most efficient and causes the least emissions. Carbon storaging wood-based product should be given a positive climate status.
Finland’s forest industry has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions about 47% per produced ton from the year 1990.
Careful deliberation essential in the further preparation of emissions trading and the climate agreement
Europe’s inconsistent climate policy leads to insecurity and weakens the competitiveness of its industry. Surrendering the competitive advantage outside Europe does not improve the state of global climate.
Decreasing emissions requires a global climate treaty, the obligations of which apply to all countries with significant emissions. In addition to treaties, there is also need for those who put them into action. In the future, more investments and know-how are needed in the area of renewable raw material based industry.