Climate neutrality with Europe’s forest fibre industry

Published 1 September 2020
Stora Enso is one of the founding members of the #GreenSource initiative, to promote the role of forest-fibre industries in the effort to achieve the EU’s climate neutrality target by 2050. #GreenSource brings together members of EPIS, the European Pulp Industry Sector Association and Cepi, the Confederation of European Paper Industries.

The forest-fibre industry wishes to play a central role in offering solutions that respond to the needs of the European citizens and contribute to a sustainable lifestyle while making sure that forests keep growing, absorbing CO2 and protecting biodiversity. 

A recent scientific study commissioned by Cepi on the Climate effect of the forest-based sector in the European Union shows that, thanks to the forests and forest-based products, 806 million tons of CO2 is taken out of the atmosphere every year – this corresponds to 20% of the EU’s annual emissions - while bringing 3.5 million jobs, especially to rural areas. 
In times of COVID-19, it’s important to remember that the forest-fibre industry is  delivering packaging, tissue and hygiene products that are essential to EU citizens while being good for the planet and good for the European economy.

 “We are, and will continue, empowering people to make sustainable choices by providing a growing portfolio of climate-friendly products based on sustainably-sourced, renewable, and recyclable materials.” says Anna Maija Wessman, EPIS Secretary General.

”The forest industry is in a unique position to lead a transition from a linear to a circular economy. Our promise to society is 'Everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow.' The solutions of the future require transformation across the value chain,” says Markus Mannström, Executive Vice President of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division.

#GreenSource is the common voice of our industry rising to tell the world how we are making a difference in the transition to a sustainable and climate-friendly future.

For further information, please contact:
Ingrid Peura, SVP Communications, Stora Enso Division Biomaterials 

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Renewable materials are made from natural resources that can be replenished, generation after generation, in a sustainable way. Wood-based products are renewable because trees grow back when forests are sustainably managed, and more trees are grown and replanted than are harvested.