• Staff writer


The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) has released its biennial Sustainability Progress Report which demonstrates progress in seven key areas of sustainability: sustainable forest management, renewable energy, greenhouse gas and sulphur dioxide emissions, water use, health and safety, and recycling. The 2021 report also highlights the forest products sector’s global response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The global forestry sector has the potential to address some of the world’s most urgent social, environmental and economic challenges, according to ICFPA president Derek Nighbor, who is also president and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada. Forestry workers and forest products are in the unique position to drive the move to a lower carbon world through sustainable forest management, advancing the forest bio-economy and recovering more paper and paper-based packaging for recycling.

“Both globally and locally, the sector continues to make a positive impact and progress in areas of sustainability, society and the economy, providing citizens with a renewable resource in the form of sustainably produced wood, cellulose and paper products,” says Jane Molony, executive director of the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) and member of the ICFPA Steering Committee.

The 2021 sustainability progress report also includes the international finalists for the ICFPA Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award. The theme for the awards was “Boosting the Forest Bio-Economy: Nature-Based Solutions Toward a Lower Carbon Economy”.

To download or view the report visit ICFPA 2020-2021 Sustainability Progress Report.


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