Securing access to our key raw material
When defining EPF’s 5 Strategic Directions in November 2021, wood was broadly available with supply and demand, generally in balance. However, EPF was concerned about a potential imbalance from surging demand for wood as a fuel, rather than as a material (with energetic recovery value at end of life).
Following Russia’s invasion in Ukraine on 24 February 2022, this scenario became a reality – energy provision became critical in the EU, and it did not take long for wood availability to follow suit, especially recovered wood. It led us to re-formulate 3 questions:
In line with this Strategic Direction, EPF also aims at further working with EU institutions and policy makers to define EU standards for all wood types.