PRESS RELEASE The EPF Annual Report 2021-2022

Brussels, July 2022 – The European Panel Federation, representing the European manufacturers of particleboard, MDF, OSB, hardboard, softboard and plywood, is proud to present the 24th issue of its Annual Report published on the occasion of its Managing Board Meeting on 29 June 2022.

This reference handbook for the wood-based panels industry in Europe and globally, which is also available electronically on USB-card, covers the following chapters:

  • Position of the Western European wood-based panels industry within the woodworking industry
  • The particleboard, MDF, OSB, fibreboard and plywood industries in the EPF member countries in 2021 – Facts and figures
  • The particleboard, MDF, OSB, fibreboard and plywood industries in other parts of the world (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and USA)
  • User Industries (building, furniture, flooring materials)
  • Trade issues including Customs Tariffs, the Harmonised System and the New Combined Nomenclature
  • Technical, Environmental and High-Level Advocacy Issues

The special topics for the 2021/22 issue are:“Time for Timber” – The COP26 Manifesto of the European Woodworking Industries by Mr Paul Brannen, Public Affairs Manager for CEI-Bois and former Member of the European Parliament

  • The Positive Climate Contribution of Wood: 20% and rising…..
  • EU Biomass Use in a Net-Zero Economy: An independent consultant’s startling viewpoints

The book also includes maps showing the location of all particleboard, MDF, OSB, fibreboard and plywood factories in all countries covered.

A booklet is provided together with the EPF Annual Report, which contains the list of all particleboard, MDF, OSB, hardboard, softboard and plywood producers affiliated to EPF, with their product specialisation and full contact details. It also lists the national EPF member associations, the associated EPF members and the institutes collaborating with EPF.

You are most welcome to purchase a printed copy of the EPF Annual Report 2021/2022 + USB-card at the price of 1950 EUR and the EPF Annual Report 2020/2021 + 2021/2022 at the price of 2050 EUR (prices without VAT).

The detailed table of contents can be found here and an order form here.

Wood4Bauhaus New European Bauhaus Prize Guide for applicants

There are still over ten days to submit your project to the New European Bauhaus Prize competition. EPF and the wood4bauhaus Alliance encourages you to showcase your innovative projects. You can find here attached a guide dedicated to applications. The deadline for applications is 31/05/2021.

The winners in each of the ten categories will receive a monetary amount and great visibility opportunity for their projects:

  • EUR 30,000 for winners of the New European Bauhaus Awards, and
  • EUR 15,000 for winners of the New European Bauhaus Rising Stars.

 

To reflect the participatory dimension of the design phase of the New European Bauhaus, the selection process for the prizes will involve a public voting by the subscribers to the New European Bauhaus newsletter, as well as an evaluation by the New European Bauhaus official partners. We therefore invite you to subscribe to the newsletter.

For more information, please see Wood4Bauhaus New European Bauhaus Prize Guide for applicants

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

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