Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has achieved leadership status in the materials sector of the CDP’s 2015 Forest programme. One hundred and eighty companies globally responded to CDP’s forests information request, out of which nine were awarded a leadership status. This follows swiftly on the news that Metsä Board has also been recognised for its management in water security and climate change by the CDP. CDP launched its 2015 Global Forest Report at the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, coinciding with UN’s Climate Change Conference, December 2015.
American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski and American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statements for the organizations’ joint testimony submitted for today’s Senate Environment and Public Works hearing on impact and achievability of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) ozone standard.
The associations’ joint testimony is available here.
Robert Glowinski, President and CEO, AWC: “We appreciate congressional introduction of legislation and agency oversight activities to allow states to act on the current strict ozone NAAQS. As AWC has consistently expressed, tightening the standards is simply premature when EPA just published implementation policies and schedule for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS earlier this year. The health effects evidence for ozone has not changed significantly since 2008, so states should be allowed to implement the current standard and assess the continued air quality improvements from current programs before moving the goal posts again so soon. ”
Donna Harman, President and CEO, AF&PA: “EPA should focus on implementing the 2008 ozone standards before shifting focus to further tighten them, and we appreciate Congress’ efforts to bring certainty to this issue by introducing legislation to address our concerns. Lowering the standard at this time could place up to five times more paper and wood product mills at risk with billions in additional controls while the science shows the current standard is protective of public health.”