Paper is based on wood, a natural and renewable material. As young trees grow they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Furthermore, as a wood product, paper also continues to store carbon throughout its lifetime.
The paper industry has a number of respected certification schemes ensuring the paper you use has come from a sustainable forest source. The two most recognisable certifications are the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™).
Both PEFC and FSC are committed to achieving the same objectives – the certification of forests to credible, independently verified standards of responsible forest management, and focus on conserving the natural habitats of plants and animals and respecting the rights of forestry workers and local communities. Both PEFC and FSC operate robust chain of custody schemes that track wood and wood fibre through every step of the supply chain, from the forest to the end user.
FSC ™ is an international non-profit, multi stakeholder organisation established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC logo when used on paper and printed products is assurance that it is made with, or contains, wood that comes from FSC certified forests or from post consumer waste.
For more information visit www.fsc.org
PEFC ™ is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent thirdparty certification. The PEFC logo provides an assurance to purchasers of paper products that the woodfibre originates from PEFC certified, sustainably managed forests.
For more information visit www.pefc.org
Forests are rich in biodiversity and valuable for recreation, water regulation and soil protection. As well as for providing timber and other non-wood forest products, forests are important for mitigating climate change and for the renewable energy sector — over a single year, a mature tree will take up approximately 22 kg of CO2 from the atmosphere, and, in exchange, release oxygen. EEA, European Forest Ecosystems – State and Trends, 2016
¹FAO, 2015. Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015, How are the World’s Forests Changing?
²Based on Two Sides analysis of FSC and PEFC published data, 2017
³CEPI Sustainability Report, 2018