Print & Paper – Myths & Facts
The Myth – European forests are shrinking – The Fact – European forests have been growing by over 1,500 football pitches every year.
Between 2005 and 2015 European forests grew by 44,000 square kilometres – that’s an area bigger than Switzerland –
84% of our raw material comes from Europe where almost all ancient forests are protected. Paper comes from semi natural forests where the cycle of planting, growing and logging is carefully controlled.
The area under forest management certification has continued to increase form 18million ha in 2000 to some 438 million ha in 2014 – the most common pressures causing deforestation
are: large and small scale agriculture; unsustainable logging; mining; infrastructure projects; and increased fire incidence and intensity.
50% of the worlds wood harvest is used for energy and 28% for construction – There are some other uses but paper only directly takes 13%