Call for Papers: Opportunity to showcase your expertise at the 13th European Wood-Based Panel Symposium in Hamburg

Organised in co-operation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research (WKI) and with the support of iVTH and Hywax, the 13th European Wood-based Panel Symposium will take place on 9-11 October 2024 at the Grand Elysée Hotel in Hamburg.

Registrations are already available via the conference website. This major networking event offers you the opportunity to showcase your expertise. EPF is delighted to invite you to submit an abstract for an oral presentation. 🔖 Deadline to submit papers is Friday 15 March 2024.

More information on the conditions and on the submission process are available via this link




Construction 2050 Alliance call and commitment for the new EU political term 

Ahead of the European elections in 2024, the Construction 2050 Alliance, of which EPF is a member, has released its Call and commitment for the new European Union political term. As a first step, the Alliance is committed to establishing, with the support of European policymakers, an annual High-Level Summit for the Built environment, inviting all the relevant policymakers at the EU and national level to take stock of the evolution in the construction market. Read the full document

Coalition for Circular Choices endorsed by former European Commissioner for Environment, Dr Janez Potočnik

Dr. Janez Potočnik, former European Commissioner for Environment (2009-2014) and currently co-chairing International Resource Panel published an op-ed in EURACTIV, endorsing the Coalition for Circular Choices.

Sustainably produced biomass is a scarce resource, thus a ‘cascading use’ approach should be the norm. Biomass sourcing should preferably focus on biomass waste. Priority should be given to long-term uses, where carbon is stored, and in applications where alternative materials with very large impacts can be substituted.

Joint Statement on High-Quality Recycling and Recyclability in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation proposal

Fibre Packaging Europe (FPE), the Federation of Wooden Pallets and Packaging Manufacturers (FEFPEB), the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI Bois), GROW International, the European Panel Federation (EPF), and the European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) share recommendations regarding the ENVI Committee Report adopted on 24 October on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), specifically relating to the definitions of ‘high-quality recycling’ and ‘recyclability’.

Joint Statement on High-Quality Recycling and Recyclability in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation proposal

Coalition for Circular Choices: EURACTIV Op-ed, September 2023

The Coalition for Circular Choices released Why we talk about a fossil-free EU, not a carbon-free one, an op-ed published by EURACTIV this Tuesday 5 September.

In 2019, EU greenhouse gas emissions would have been 20% higher had our sectors not existedWith the right policy conditions, and clear vision on the regulatory landscape, we could increase fossil emissions reduction in the EU to the equivalent of at least 30% of the bloc’s total CO2 emissions.

PRESS RELEASE: EPF releases its Annual Report 2022-2023

Brussels, 05 July 2023

EPF is delighted to announce the publication of the 25th issue of its Annual Report, the reference handbook for the wood-based panels industry.

Printed copies of the EPF Annual Report 2022/2023 + USB-card are now available for purchase at the price of 1950 EUR.

The full table of contents is available here.

EPF is delighted to provide you with the order form and wishes you excellent reading.

This issue covers:

  • Facts and figures on the WBP industries in the EPF member countries and relevant data in other parts of the world
  • Maps showing the location of PB, MDF, OSB, fibreboard and plywood factories
  • Country by country reports
  • User Industries: focus on construction, furniture and flooring materials
  • Trade issues, including Customs Tariffs, updates on trade agreements, the Harmonised System and the New Combined Nomenclature
  • High-Level Advocacy
  • Environmental Topics
  • Organisation of the Federation

Thanks to external and internal contributions, it also contains 7 Special Topics:

An additional booklet gathers PB, MDF, OSB, HB/SB and plywood producers affiliated to EPF, with their product specialisation and full contact details of the national EPF member associations, the associated EPF members and the institutes collaborating with EPF.

For further information, please contact EPF Administration and Communications Officer:

Mrs Isabelle Henin

+32 2 556 25 89

Coalition for Circular Choices: EURACTIV Op-ed, June 2023

There is no time to lose. 2050 is only one investment cycle away!

This is the core message of the Coalition for Circular Choices in an op-ed published by EURACTIV this Thursday 29 June.

With a clear view on future policy, we will be able to make the investments needed to drive even further the transition to a competitive, circular bioeconomy in Europe.

What we are calling for:

  • A new kind of thinking on EU climate and industrial policy, allowing us to scale up a model combining economic growth, protection of forests and biodiversity
  • Securing strategic autonomy and materials supply supporting competitiveness
  • Strengthening the connection between the economy, our environment and climate

Press Release: Wood4Bauhaus Conference announcement


The New European Bauhaus: wood sector sets out its stall

wood4bauhaus Virtual Conference Thursday 8 April 2021

Keynote address to be given by top adviser to EU Commission President

“A mastermind of the Bauhaus”

In her call for a New European Bauhaus movement, EC President Ursula von der Leyen has proposed that wood can play a key role in transforming the built environment into a carbon sink[1]. Central to her thinking is Professor Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber of the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, who has recently been named as an ambassador for the New European Bauhaus High-level Roundtable and who will deliver the keynote address of the first conference of the Wood4Bauhaus Alliance.

Welcoming the President’s inspirational new initiative, the European wood-based sector launched the Wood Sector Alliance for the New European Bauhaus ( to establish an open platform of stakeholders. This newly established sectoral alliance is initiated by several umbrella organisations: the InnovaWood EU network for wood research, innovation and education, the European Wood-Based Panel Federation (EPF), the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) and the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS). It has also the support of the Horizon 2020 project consortia BASAJAUN and WoodCircus. intends to become an active Partner of the New European Bauhaus and, as a first initiative, will hold on 8 April 2021 a Virtual Conference on how the wood sector can contribute to the new Bauhaus.

Wood is an extremely versatile natural material and a circular material par excellence. Long-life products using wood can store carbon for decades or even centuries in buildings and living spaces. The conference aims to raise awareness of the transformative power of the Circular Economy, put a spotlight on the versatility of innovative wood-based products and building systems, and propose dedicated co-creation partnerships with the wood sector for the New European Bauhaus.

As highlighted by Mr Clive Pinnington, EPF Managing Director: “Wood and wood-based panel products are natural, sustainable and climate positive. They offer multiple benefits including energy efficient construction and innovative furniture materials and are therefore a perfect fit for the objectives of the New European Bauhaus”.

In the words of Mr Paul Brannen, Head of Public Affairs for CEI-Bois & EOS and a former MEP: “We are delighted that Professor Schellnhuber, one of the brains behind the new Bauhaus, has agreed to address our conference which will highlight the key role wood can play in tackling climate change, providing affordable housing and bringing beauty into our built environment”.

Dr Uwe Kies, Secretary-General of InnovaWood, underlines: “The New European Bauhaus is a great opportunity for companies, researchers and students in the wood sector to become part of this transformative movement. Joining our forces and knowledge we can co-create climate-friendly solutions and literally build a more sustainable future for our cities and rural areas. We welcome all who wish to take this first step with us”.

Mr Tom Deleu, General Secretary of the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) pointed out: “The alliance will demonstrate that more building and renovation with wood will contribute to the EU’s ambition to turn the building sector into a carbon sink. It will also be demonstrated with plenty of examples that climate friendly and energy-efficient buildings can be attractive and comfortable and, the sector can also be a driver for quality jobs in rural areas.”

Speakers include architects, designers, industry representatives, researchers and policymakers. For more information, the complete programme of the conference and registration please visit the conference website:

[1] State of the Union Address 2020, 16/09/2020

Brussels, 11 March 2021

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EPF strongly supports the Single Market

EPF calls for European harmonisation of E1 as the minimum allowable standard, and for ½ E1 as a new market class

The European Wood-based Panel Federation (EPF) clarifies the common position of its members following developments in market, regulatory and judicial affairs, and with the unanimous agreement of its General Assembly given on 3 April 2019 in Brussels.

EPF strongly supports the single European market. It endorses harmonised standards across all EU-28 Member States. EPF welcomes the decision of the European Court of Justice in case T-229/17 on 10 April 2019, as it upholds the common European requirements of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). This prevents fragmentation and the possible introduction of specific requirements by individual Member States. EPF feared the confusion that this could have caused to consumers.

European wood-based panels are used for furniture, construction, packaging and many other applications. CE-marked panels are produced according to EN 13986, the harmonised European standard for wood-based panels for use in construction. This defines two classes for formaldehyde emissions being E2 and E1. EPF members have committed since 2007 to make only E1 (or lower).

With its project E1 Compulsory, EPF seeks to ensure that no panels circulate in Europe with an emission level above that permitted by E1. ECHA’s recent proposal for a restriction recommends to: “restrict the placing on the market or the use of all articles releasing formaldehyde at concentrations greater than or equal to 0.124 mg/m³ in the air of a test chamber used under the conditions prescribed in EN 717-1.” This matches E1, the ambition of EPF, and is thus supported.

With its project New Standard, EPF wishes to respond to market demand by adding a new class to the harmonised European standards to be known as ½ E1, with emission limits set at half the value of E1, tested according to EN 717-1. A request for such an additional class (see Annex for further details) has been made to the European Commission and CEN (European Committee for Standardization), asking for the fastest possible introduction, and is currently under consideration.

Chairman Dr Paolo Fantoni comments: “EPF members expect for E1 to be confirmed EU-wide as the minimum requirement for concerned panels by the urgent restriction process, thus delivering greater regulatory control, and for ½ E1 to be introduced as a new voluntary European class as soon as possible, thus responding to market demand”. Precise timings, especially for ½ E1, remain open due to various issues, including available testing capacity.

EPF urges caution on any demands for panels that go beyond these, especially if they infringe CPR which delivers common European requirements and a level playing field for construction products, including wood-based panels. EPF will give the latest update on the rapidly evolving topics of E1 and ½ E1, as well as on other EPF activities at its Press Conference to be held on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at Interzum in Cologne.  All press contacts are warmly invited to attend.

EPF Proposal for a new Formaldehyde class – April 2019

EU Conference “Our Forests Our Future” Brussels, 25-26 April 2019

The European Commission organised a significant conference “Our Forests, Our Future” to analyse opportunities to enhance the forest sector’s contribution to EU priorities. High-level speakers included Commissioner Phil Hogan (Agriculture & Rural Development), Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete (Climate Action & Energy) and Commissioner Neven Mimica (International Cooperation and Development).  EPF was honoured to share the same podium, Managing Board member and Garnica Plywood Director, Mr Guillermo Hernanz having been invited to deliver a unique perspective on this topic, especially plantation forestry, from Southern Europe.



Sustainable forest management, the multifunctional role of forests, resource efficiency and global forest responsibility are the guiding principles of the EU Forest Strategy, adopted in 2013. In 2018, a review of the strategy took stock of the actions implemented under the strategy, and the progress towards achieving its objectives for 2020. It concluded that 90% of the required actions had either been completed, or were underway, as highlighted by Commissioner Hogan in his opening address.  Commissioner Hogan used the platform to urge that a new strategy be launched after the completion of the current one.

The first day sessions focused on the contribution of forests and the forest-based sector to innovation, growth and jobs, on EU priorities and on opportunities and challenges (balancing GHG emissions) following the Paris Agreement.  EPF’s Board member Mr Guillermo Hernanz (Garnica Plywood) participated in the panel discussion on the increased demand for wood-based renewable energy, the search for bio-materials and the drive towards zero carbon buildings and products.  In particular, he was asked to comment on whether the price and value of wood today will encourage a new generation of forestry?  He highlighted the contribution of wood-based panels to the EU’s long-term ambition of a climate neutral Europe, emphasising that wood-based panels sequester carbon long after a tree is harvested.  He presented the benefits of plywood, especially its application as a lightweight and structurally strong product.  He called on the EU to support poplar and plantation forestry, especially in Southern Europe, where the future availability of suitable plywood raw material will be very challenging.

It should be highlighted that the Moderator, when introducing Mr Guillermo Hernanz, said that he had looked up EPF on the internet, and had been amazed to find that the industry accounts for 22 billion EUR of turnover and 100,000 jobs.  He was astonished (and delighted) to discover that this was such an important industry and was thus all the more pleased to welcome Garnica and EPF to the podium.  During the panel discussion he was furthermore boosted by the discovery that almost all of the wood-based panel industry’s biomass raw material comes from Europe, and he shared his pleasure in learning this with the 300-400 high level delegates present.  In short, this was a fantastic and very positive promotional occasion for EPF, enabled by the invitation to Mr Hernanz to participate as a speaker at the conference.

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