The year 2021 has become an important year for the U.K. when it comes to taking action on climate change. In addition to hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) later this year, the U.K. government will set the world’s most ambitious climate change target – to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. U.K. consumers are also becoming more environmentally savvy. In 2020, recycling rates for aluminum beverage can recycling reached 82%, its highest rate ever, and a 6% year-on-year increase from 2019. According to Alupro, there is an increasing awareness among U.K. consumers about the benefits of recycling and a significant shift in their behaviors. The rise in the volume of aluminum recovered from incinerator bottom ash can also be attributed to several new companies being approved to issue Packaging Recovery Notes and the commissioning of several new U.K. energy recovery facilities.
On this International Days of Forests, the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to note that as a supplier of forest products, Canada comes out as number one in the world in terms of environmental practices and reputation among international customers.
A study undertaken late in 2015 by Leger the Research Intelligence Group asked international buyers of wood, pulp and paper in the United States, Europe and Asia about their perceptions of forest products and environmental issues. (fpac.ca/leger) The results are comparable to a similar survey done by Leger two years ago.
“Once again the Canadian forest products industry is getting top marks when it comes to our environmental credentials,” says Derek Nighbor, the CEO of FPAC. “Our sector has worked hard to reduce our environmental footprint and we are committed to continual improvement. This survey shows international customers feel confident when they source forest products from Canada.”
The customers surveyed said they appreciate Canadian forest products because of their quality and sustainability, with the most positively perceived attributes related to assurance of legality and forest management practices.
The majority of purchasers also said that forest certifications are important when it comes to choosing forest products. Canada is a world leader in forest certification – an independent assessment that forest companies follow progressive environmental and social forest management practices. In 2015, Canada had 166 million hectares of certified forests, about 40% of the world total or almost four times more than any other country.