New Study Details Sources of Global Fiber Supply

Dec. 21, 2007 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today released a new report, "Wood for Paper; Fiber Sourcing in the Global Pulp and Paper Industry," which details the forest types from which the fiber for producing wood pulp and paper is coming. The report also comments on the extent that third-party certification of fiber sourcing is employed, and examines issues related to allegations of illegal logging.

Conducted by Wood Resources National, LLC, and Seneca Creek Associates, LLC, the study concludes that illegal and suspicious sourcing of fiber manifests itself much less in the pulp and paper sector than in solid wood products manufacturing. On a global basis, the analysis confirms that suspiciously procured wood fiber for the pulp and paper industry represents less than 2 percent of the total fiber consumption by the pulp and paper producing sector, but in some countries it is more problematic.

Another noteworthy development is the dramatic increase in the volume of fiber that is certified as coming from sustainably managed resources. As of 2004, an estimated 65 percent of all wood fiber sourced for the world's pulp and paper industry came from certified forests and/or through third-party certified procurement systems. The study reports that in the United States, the industry obtained well over 85 percent of its fiber through certified programs.

The 100-page report, which includes detailed reviews of the wood pulp and paper industry in several countries, including the U.S., Brazil, China, Indonesia, Sweden, Finland and Russia, is available electronically at:

    • www.afandpa.org/temp/AFPAFiberSourcingPape12-07.pdf.

This report follows a 2004 study commissioned by AF&PA detailing the problem of illegally produced and traded wood products and which estimated that illegal logging depresses world legally harvested wood prices by 7 to 16 percent on average, and costs U.S. wood product companies over $460 million each year in lost export sales.


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