Joint Position Paper on the Renovation Wave Strategy

In strong coalition with EFBWW (the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers), CEI-Bois (the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries), FEP (the European Federation of the Parquet Industry) and EOS (the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry), EPF warmly welcomes the publication on 14 October 2020 of the  Renovation Wave Strategy: “A Renovation Wave for Europe – greening our buildings, creating jobs, improving lives” .

The Woodworking Industries believe that a refurbished and energy efficient EU building stock has a key role to play in the post covid-19 recovery and “new normal” by creating green jobs, revitalising regenerative growth and paving the way for the decarbonisation of one of the largest energy consumer sectors in Europe responsible for more than one third of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. Wood-based solutions offer a green construction material that is renewable, recyclable and has a low fossil carbon footprint and benefits from better environmental performances in life cycle assessments than other conventional materials. Wood prefabricated solutions also offer modular possibilities to redesign and modernise buildings in a non-invasive way, for example through additional storeys or roof extensions.

“Wood-based panels are the ideal material for the New European Bauhaus, as they are climate friendly, sustainable, natural building materials”, so commented Kris Wijnendaele, EPF Technical Director.

The renovation principles set up in the Strategy should now be implemented through the National Energy & Climate Plans and Long-Term Renovation Strategies to take an important leap forward in the achievement of the objectives of the European Green Deal.

 

Full position paper can be found here

Press release on the Renovation Wave Strategy: the opportunity to turn the built environment into a carbon sink

Brussels, 15 October 2020

The European Panel Federation (EPF) warmly welcomes the publication of the European Commission communication on the Renovation Wave Strategy: “A Renovation Wave for Europe – greening our buildings, creating jobs, improving lives”. This Strategy aims at a refurbished and energy efficient building stock in the EU that will help pave the way for the decarbonisation of one of the largest energy consumer sectors in Europe, responsible for more than one third of the EU’s emissions.

The Renovation Wave is also a unique opportunity to create up to 160.000 sustainable green jobs and to boost growth within the framework of the post covid-19 recovery while reducing drastically greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and ensuring a better living environment for European citizens. More than merely reducing GHG emissions this Renovation Wave Strategy is the unique chance for the EU building ecosystem to become a carbon sink improving the pool of carbon removals “through the promotion of green infrastructure and the use of organic building materials that can store carbon, such as sustainably-sourced wood”.

“By minimising the footprints of buildings and optimising carbon storage in natural, renewable building products and solutions, such as wood-based panels, we are taking an important leap towards the achievement of the objectives of the European Green Deal”, said Mr Clive Pinnington, EPF’s Managing Director.

Mr Alexis Kuhl, EPF’s Climate and Environment Advisor added: “Ensuring that the construction ecosystem is fit to deliver sustainable energy efficient renovation, based on circular, sustainable and climate-friendly solutions is the way forward. EPF strongly supports the EU’s aim to have building renovation as a priority for national recovery plans under the European Flagship ‘Renovate’”.

About EPF

EPF – the European Panel Federation has members in 25 countries and represents the manufacturers of particleboard, MDF, OSB, hardboard, softboard and plywood.  The EU wood panel industry has an annual turnover of about 22 billion Euros, creates over 100,000 jobs directly and counts more than 5,000 enterprises in Europe.  Contact us at info@europanels.org.

EPF gives feedback to DG ENERG on the IIAs on the review of EED & the revision of RED II

The European Panel Federation (EPF), welcomes the Inception Impact Assessment on the review of the Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency and the related more ambitious targets for the reduction of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% to 55% by 2030. Enhanced energy efficiency is indeed a key objective of the Green Deal in the framework of the incoming Renovation Wave Initiative in mid-October and in our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The wood-based panels industry believes that it is especially essential to foster energy efficiency of the EU building stock.

Read more on EPF Feedback on the Inception Impact Assessment on EU energy efficiency directive (EED) evaluation and review

The European Panel Federation (EPF), welcomes the Inception Impact Assessment on the revision of the Directive (EU) 2018/2001 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (RED II). The wood-based panels industry believes that the promotion of the use of renewables and the transition towards a decarbonised European society are key to achieving the objectives of the Green Deal and ought to play a fundamental role in the post COVID-19 recovery.

Read more on EPF Feedback on the Inception Impact Assessment on the revision of the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources

The European Woodworking Industries are ready to match the EU increased ambition towards the 2030 Climate targets

Please find here a joint Press Release of EPF, CEI-Bois, EOS and FEP on the State of the Union address that European Commission President von der Leyen presented yesterday in the European Parliament’s plenary session.

In her statement, she clearly said that: “Our buildings generate 40% of our emissions. They need to become less wasteful, less expensive and more sustainable. And we know that the construction sector can even be turned from a carbon source into a carbon sink, if organic building materials like wood and smart technologies like AI are applied. I want NextGenerationEU to kickstart a European renovation wave and make our Union a leader in the circular economy.” Click here to see how she said it!

EPF is delighted to see wood, and therefore also wood-based panels, specifically highlighted at such a high political level as a core material for Europe’s recovery and future.  We are ready and committed to meet this ambition.

The full text of Mrs von der Leyen’s speech is available on video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBakPRQUq-I

Statement made today by EC President Mrs Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union to the EP

Today, EC President Mrs Ursula von der Leyen made an important statement in her State of the Union address to the European Parliament: “Our buildings generate 40% of our emissions. They need to become less wasteful, less expensive and more sustainable. And we know that the construction sector can even be turned from a carbon source into a carbon sink, if organic building materials like wood and smart technologies like AI are applied. I want NextGenerationEU to kickstart a European renovation wave and make our Union a leader in the circular economy.” Click here to see how she said it!

The full speech of Mrs von der Leyen’s is available on video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBakPRQUq-I

EPF Annual Report 2019-2020, Advocacy Activities and AGM 2021

In a meeting held today by videoconference with press contacts, associate members and collaborating institutes, EPF presented an economic review of the wood-based panels industry in 2019, drawn from the recently published EPF Annual Report 2019-2020. Advocacy activites were also discussed, and the dates and location for the AGM 2021 were announced.

Economic Review of the Wood-Based Panels industry in 2019

In 2019, the total production of European wood-based panels posted a dip of 1.8% after five consecutive years of growth, reaching a total of 59.2 million m³. Particleboard production increased by 0.5% to 32.1 million m³ thanks to capacity additions. MDF contracted by 3.7% to a total of 12.1 million m³ partly due to announced capacity closures. Oriented Strand Board (OSB), the third largest panel type by volume, declined by 0.8% to 6.8 million m³. Softboard is the next largest panel type. It decreased by 8.6% to reach 4.7 million m³ driven by announced capacity closures. Plywood production went down by 7.8% to 3 million m³. Hardboard is the smallest panel type with 491,000 m³ of production in 2019, which was down by 7.3% compared to 2018.

 

Production (million m³) Countries 2019 2018 2019 v 2018
Particleboard EU28 + EFTA 32.1 31.9 0.5%
MDF EU28 + EFTA 12.1 12.6 -3.7%
OSB EU28 + EFTA 6.8 6.8 -0.8%
Hardboard EU28 + EFTA 0.5 0.5 -7.3%
Softboard EU28 + EFTA 4.7 5.2 -8.6%
Plywood EU28 3.0 3.2 -7.8%
Total Wood-Based Panels 59.2 60.3 -1.8%

 

The special topics for the 2019-2020 issue of the Annual report are:

 Future Two Billion Homes and Horizon Net-Zero Carbon: A turning point for pan-global increase in timber construction by Professor Sean Smith, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction at Edinburgh Napier University

  • Wood Products and Wood-Based Panels (WBP) in Construction by Mr Frank Goecke, Director of AFRY Management Consulting
  • Russian end-use markets developments for wood-based panels
  • Plywood and Panel Industry in India – Current scenario by Dr. C.N. Pandey, Principal Technical Advisor of the Federation of Indian Plywood & Panel Industry
  • Thailand’s Wood-Based Panels Industry by Mr PingHsun Huang, Secretary General of the Thai Panel Product Industry Club
  • Malaysian Wood-Based Panels – A diversity of choice by Ms Agnes Seah, Regional Head of the Malaysian Timber Council Europe
  • The European Green deal – A once in a lifetime opportunity for wood-based panels?

Advocacy Update

EPF presented its key advocacy activies, highlighting its consistent messages towards legislators in technical advocacy to retain the integrity of the Single Market, to promote European harmonisation (and to resist Member State fragmentation), and to ensure a level playing field for the benefit of European citizens.

EPF drew attention to its European Green Deal Advocacy, and the recently published leaflet which highlights EPF’s four calls to the European Institutions to:

  • Secure the supply for wooden raw materials and guarantee a level playing field;
  • Increase use of sustainable bio-based products and systems to fight climate change;
  • Stimulate the cascading use of harvested wood products;
  • Enable users to choose climate friendly raw materials.

Comment was also made about the recently published substitution study which highlights that European forest-based industries ecosystem today makes a postive climate contribution that is the equivalent of 20% of all EU fossil emissions.

AGM 2021

In closing, EPF was delighted to announce that Berlin will be the location for the next EPF Annual General Meeting, from 9-11 June 2021. EPF will be hosted by German member organisation VHI, the German wood-based panels federation. The EPF AGM will be combined with VHI’s celebration of a century of existence. The combined event will emphasise the positive contribution that the industry makes today, and will emphasise the need for continued European harmonisation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPF Advocacy Leaflet including key data and Green Deal objectives for wood-based panels

EPF published its Advocacy Leaflet, prepared in the framework of our high-level advocacy strategy. We believe that this document, which is a folded and double-sided 4 pager (A5 size), will bring greater visibility for the wood-based panels industry towards key decision-makers and other stakeholders. We will use it in our Green Deal discussions in Brussels, and also welcome you to employ it in your national discussions.

The Leaflet presents our industry through some key factual data and visual supports while promoting some of our industry achievements. It also presents our concrete policy proposals as elaborated in our Position Paper on the European Green Deal, namely:

– Secure the supply for wooden raw materials and guarantee a level playing field;
– Increase the use of sustainable bio-based products and systems to fight climate change;
– Stimulate the cascading use of harvested wood products;
– Enable users to choose climate friendly materials.

 

 

COVID-19: To fight the Corona pandemic, the European Woodworking and Furniture Industries propose measures to protect workers’ health, support economic activity and the sector’s recovery.

EPF, joining forces with our trade union social partner (EFBWW) as well as EFIC, EOS, CEI-Bois and UEA, is delighted to share a call for measures to protect workers’ health, to support economic activity and to help the sector’s recovery in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. To read full document, click COVID-19 – joint recommendations for the Wood and Furniture

EPF, FEP and EOS join forces for a New Industrial Strategy for Europe

A New Industrial Strategy for Europe: call for including the Bioeconomy in the new European Industrial Strategy.

The European Panel Federation (EPF), the European Federation of the Parquet industry (FEP)
and EOS, the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (three sectors with a combined
yearly turnover of approximately 75 Billion EUR – representing 53% of the wood working value
chain), call the Council and the European Parliament for including the Bioeconomy in the
new European Industrial Strategy.

Please click here to read more.

EPF and ZWE proposal for a comprehensive EU strategy for wood under The New Circular Economy Action Plan

The European Panel Federation (EPF) and Zero Waste Europe warmly welcome the New
Circular Economy Action Plan to stimulate lead markets for climate neutral and circular
products. Material efficiency is of the utmost importance to help reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and, in this respect, sustainable product initiative will play a major role in reducing
products externalities.

Please click here to read more.