Forest industry making progress with its environmental and responsibility commitments

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In 2012, forest industry companies agreed on environmental and responsibility commitments that will see the sector voluntarily develop its operations significantly by 2020. A progress report that outlines the achievements made in each of the industry’s ten commitments has just been published. According to the report, the forest-based sector has made remarkable progress in five of its ten commitments.

The forest-based sector’s voluntary environmental and responsibility commitments and the progress made towards their objectives demonstrate how strongly forest industry companies are committed to responsibility. Well-managed environmental and responsibility issues are a significant competitive factor for the Finnish forest industry.

Environmental and responsibility viewpoints must be taken into even better consideration in industry activities in order for all of the commitment objectives to be reached by 2020, however.

Good performance in certified wood use and reduction of waste sent to landfills

The forest-based sector has managed to raise the share of certified wood in its domestic wood consumption to 85%. The objective for 2020 has thus already been surpassed by five percentage points. In order to maintain this good performance on the coming years, it is important to ensure that the coverage of regional group certification remains at a high level.

The forest-based sector has already achieved its goal of cutting landfill waste by 30%. The deadline for this objective was set for 2020. Measures contributing to this include new recycling destinations as well as an increase in the energy utilisation of organic waste.

Good progress has also been made with regard to the targets related to renewable energy use. In 2014, renewable energy accounted for 84% of the forest-based sector’s energy production, up from 78% in 2011.

More biodiversity conservation needed

The forest-based sector has set itself the goal of improving the living conditions of threatened forest species. The objective is for a smaller number of the species, which were recognised as threatened in 2010, to remain on the endangered list in 2020. This challenging objective cannot be attained unless the utilisation of nature management methods is expanded in commercial forests. Voluntary forest conservation should also be continued.

Additional key objectives for the near future include promoting responsibility in the supply chain and improving the effectiveness of stakeholder dialogue.

The progress report on the forest-based sector’s environmental and responsibility commitments as well as environmental statistics for the pulp and paper industry can be accessed online

 

Additional information

Fredrik Blomfelt

Manager, Environment

+358 40 705 7389