FSC-paper boom in Europe
The booming development, combined with a worldwide increase of FSC certifications in the paper and print sector, marks a promising shift towards environmentally friendly paper. Worldwide, 17 per cent of timber used for paper production is estimated to stem from virgin forests. The production of paper and board in Western Europe alone has increased by more than 40 per cent over the past 10 years and this trend will continue.
The FSC label offers assurance to customers and producers that the timber used to produce their paper has not come from the destruction of valuable forests or from illegal sources. Timber which carries the FSC label has been harvested to the highest environmental and social standards.
The number of FSC-certified companies in the paper and print sector worldwide has doubled since the beginning of the year and now numbers 129. Most significant was the increase in Japan, where the number of FSC-certified companies in the paper industry has risen from 1 in 2000 to 58 in 2003.
The FSC was founded in 1993 by forest owners, timber industries, social groups and environmental organizations as a global, independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization. The objective of the FSC is to promote environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable forest management world-wide.
There are currently 40 million hectares of FSC-certified forests in 58 countries.The figures for FSC-certification in the European paper industry are the result of an enquiry to major European paper producers: SCA, Dalum, Drewsen and Klippan (Inveresk).
For further information:
Communications Officer, WWF European Forest Programme
Tel: +43 1 48817 217 or +43 676 83 488 217 (mobile)