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REDII - Sustainable Use of Wood Wins Over Ill-Placed Market Distorting Subsidies

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Jan. 17, 2018 (Press Release) - The European paper industry produces from wood a multitude of value-added products such as paper, cardboard and other bio-based materials and uses its residues for bioenergy.

With today's vote the EU has sought to recognise the value of sourcing wood sustainably and preventing subsidies that distort markets and encourage the burning of wood for megawatts.

“The European Parliament realises that there is more value to the circular bioeconomy than turning wood into megawatts,” says Sylvain Lhote, Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).

MEPs have moved in favour of building upon existing sustainable forest management practices in Europe, the so-called “risk-based approach” rather than rendering the regulatory context more complex. At the same ensuring that the availability of wood is taken into consideration is also a step in the right direction.

They have also sent a strong signal that the recovery of energy from waste must be strictly guided by the waste hierarchy and that the burning of paper-based material, which can be collected separately and recycled, should be avoided.

The challenge is now in the hands of the Council to ensure that wood is used sustainably and that REDII remains consistent with the EU's own goals of making the circular bioeconomy a reality in Europe.

REDII: In its Energy Union Framework Strategy, the European Commission announced a new renewable energy package for the period after 2020, to include a new renewable energy directive (REDII) for the period 2020-2030 and an updated EU bioenergy sustainability policy.

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit-making organisation representing the European pulp and paper industry. Through its 18 member countries (17 EU members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 515 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 950 paper mills. Together they represent 23% of world production. To learn more, please visit: www.cepi.org.

SOURCE: Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI)