Forestry contractors support a national risk based approach in assessing sustainability of production of woody biomass

Forestry contractors support a national risk based approach in assessing sustainability of production of woody biomass

With about 100.000 companies throughout Europe, forestry contractors are major stakeholders in the forest industry supply chain. Present at all stages of the tree cycle, from planting to harvesting, they are strongly supporting efficient and sustainable production and use of wood from Europe's forests. As regards the assessment of sustainable forestry and sustainability of woody biomass, forestry contractors are therefore supporting a risk based approach at national level.

The forests in Europe are run for a variety of purposes and produce different products. Not the least is the renewable energy market, which future is depending on political decisions to be taken in the coming weeks and months.

The EU regulation has to guarantee the sustainability of woody biomass. if properly designed, it will indirectly allow forest owners to get an additional income, develop activities in the forests, creating workplaces in rural areas and promoting the sustainable management of forests.

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