Working towards boosting certification of tropical forests in Africa

Forest certification evolved from concerns about the destruction of tropical forests. Yet after more than two decades of combined efforts by PEFC and FSC, less than a tenth of the global certified forest area is tropical forest. It is time for a new boost for forest certification of tropical forests, and PEFC - together with a diverse coalition of stakeholders - is making great strides towards this goal. The loss of tropical forests was high on the agenda of the 1992 Earth Summit, but governments failed to agree on a legally binding agreement on this topic. Yet it gave raise to something potentially more important: the insight that deforestation cannot be tackled in isolation, but needs to be part of a holistic, global effort to promote sustainable forest management (SFM). As a result, the concept of “criteria and indicators for Sustainable Forest Management” became more widely accepted internationally, and eventually led to Pan-European criteria and indicators for SFM (MCPFE) and criteria for the sustainable management of tropical forests (ATO/ITTO).
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How to Ensure Your Recycled Packaging Actually Gets Recycled

There have been a number of discouraging headlines over the past few years about recycling. In 2019, China stopped accepting our recycling waste, causing a drastic increase in the amount of waste in landfills. There’s also growing doubt about the paper and plastic thrown into your curbside recycling bins, raising questions on whether or not it will ultimately be processed for reuse. The good news is, it’s not challenging to ensure your recycled packaging makes it back into the circular economy. Here are four easy steps to take: *Check With Your Local Government *Know If Recyclables Can Be Picked Up Curbside *Properly Clean Waste Before Putting It in the Bin *Research Store and Manufacturer Recycling Policies
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Employees showcase “Smart Ways” to be sustainable and become “Stars” with EPA

Efforts to reduce water use, use energy efficiently and streamline resources used to ship products across the U.S. earned employees and GP facilities a variety of awards from the EPA this fall. At the beginning of November, Georgia-Pacific facilities received several awards and certifications, including the ENERGY STAR® Top Project for 2020, an ENERGY STAR® Certification and the SmartWay Excellence Award. The Leaf River cellulose mill in New Augusta, Mississippi, became the first U.S. pulp mill to earn the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification, signifying that the manufacturing facility performed in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency this year.
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Good forestry is also good for the climate

As a way of thinking, sustainability is well suited to forestry, since forests have traditionally been seen as an asset that will benefit several generations. From a forest owner’s point of view, the most essential factor in climate change mitigation is ensuring that forests remain viable. “Making sure that forests are in a fit state to grow is key. When trees fall, the carbon that has been stored in them is released,” says Jyrki Kangas, Professor of Forest Bioeconomy at the University of Eastern Finland. The trees and soil in forests absorb carbon dioxide and act as carbon reservoirs. In principle, extending forest turnover times improves the carbon balance, but trees cannot be left to grow infinitely. The optimal time for harvesting, considering both forest productivity and the climate, is before tree growth begins to slow down and trees become more susceptible to damage. From the point of view of carbon binding, it is essential that forests produce wood as efficiently as possible. The faster a forest grows after a regeneration felling, the faster it will begin to store carbon.
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Crown Becomes First Metal Packaging Manufacturer to Activate Renewable Power in 100% of its U.S. and Canadian Beverage Can Plants

Crown Holdings, Inc. is now operating all 14 of its beverage can plants in the U.S. and Canada on renewable energy. It is the first metal packaging manufacturer to achieve this milestone, which is the result of a 15-year wind power Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) with Longroad Energy. With the VPPA in effect and all of Crown's manufacturing facilities in the U.K. already completing a similar transition, 27.5% of the Company's global operations are now using renewable electricity. This accelerated usage of alternative power sources serves as a major step in Crown's plan to employ 60% renewable electricity by 2030, 90% by 2040 and 100% by 2050—targets established in Crown's Twentyby30 initiative, a comprehensive sustainability program that addresses climate issues among other areas of urgent global concern. The action also supports Crown's Twentyby30 goal to decrease Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within its global operations, targeting a 50% combined reduction in absolute Scope 1 (fuel) and Scope 2 (electricity) emissions. The transition reflects Crown's commitment to the RE100, which is led by The Climate Group and CDP and focuses on accelerating the transition to zero carbon grids at global scale.
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FSC Issues RFP for Forest Carbon Research in North America

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is seeking a consultancy to develop research that quantifies the additional forest carbon impact of FSC-certified forest management in North America. This work has the potential to be transformational among the organizations that rely on FSC certification as an important tool to conserve forests, even as they use forest products. This includes many of the world’s largest companies and most respected brands, along with the best-known environmental organizations. A small staff team from the FSC Canada and FSC US national offices will work with the consultancy throughout the project. In addition, FSC has convened an advisory body of experts and representatives of end-user stakeholders – including WWF, The Nature Conservancy, Verra, Ecotrust, REI, IKEA and DPR Construction – to provide input into the project.
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SFI E-Summit: Sustainably Managed Forests Deliver Shared Sustainability Goals

More than 330 virtual attendees from across the U.S. and Canada joined the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s E-Summit, Growing Solutions, to share ideas about how sustainably managed forests, and products sourced from those forests, are great tools to achieve shared sustainability goals. Session 1: Responding to Consumers and Providing Better Choices for the Planet Session 2: Standards Revision and the Impact of Label Statements Session 3: Conservation Impact—Collaborating on Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Water Quality Session 4: How Forest Sector Professionals Can Support Forest Literacy for Youth Session 5: Building Bridges for the Next Generation of Forest and Conservation Leaders
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Canada’s Forestry Sector Supports Federal Move Toward Net-Zero Emmissions by 2050

Below is a statement from FPAC President and CEO, Derek Nighbor: “Canada’s forest sector is positioned to be one of the leaders in our move to a low-carbon economy. We have already reduced GHG emissions by over 66% since the early 1990’s and were the first major industry group in the country to put forward a plan to help achieve the federal government’s Paris Agreement targets. Canada has an advantage that is the envy of most countries on the planet. Our forests and the sustainably sourced products they provide will be among the most powerful tools in Canada’s toolbox. Our managed forests and the wood products from them already constitute a carbon sink in Canada, and we can continue to reduce emissions and store more carbon for longer in the coming years. Forests are complex ecosystems and they need to be monitored and taken care of – even more so in a dynamic and changing environment."
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UPM joins the Renewable Carbon Initiative to change the foundation of chemical industry

UPM has joined the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) which was founded in September 2020 by twelve leading companies in the chemical industry. The aim of the initiative is to support and speed up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials. “This is about a fundamental change in the chemical industry. Just as the energy industry is converting to renewable sources, renewable carbon will become the new foundation of chemical and material industries in the future. We want to accelerate the change,” says Michael Carus, CEO of nova-Institute in Germany and the head of the Renewable Carbon Initiative. The Renewable Carbon Initiative addresses the core problem of climate change, which is largely related to extracting and using additional fossil carbon from the ground.
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Top-10 Reasons to Comment on the Revised National Forest Stewardship Standard

Through Friday, December 18th, the draft revised National Forest Stewardship Standard is open for public comment. Following below are the top-10 reasons to review the draft and submit your comments: 1) Influence the management of more than 35 million acres of forest currently certified to FSC standards in the US, with millions of additional acres considering certification. 2) Add your perspective to the diverse coalition of voices represented by FSC. 3) Help FSC make sure the new forest stewardship standard is both rigorous and practical. 4) Stand up for science as it applies to forest management. 5) Ensure FSC certification remains a good proxy for climate-smart forestry and wood products in the construction marketplace. click read more below for the remaining 5.
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