German paper industry organization warns officials against using wood as energy supply stopgap in energy policy amid ongoing European energy crisis; further promotion of wood biomass combustion would deprive pulp, paper industry of important raw material

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November 16, 2022 (press release) –

Against the background of the current energy crisis, the paper industry warns against closing the existing supply gap for energy sources with wood.

“Wood must not become a stopgap in energy policy. " , explained the chairman of the forest and wood committee in the DIE PAPIERINDUSTRIE association, Wolfgang Beck. The state subsidy policy leads to an enormous increase in the use of biomass for energy production. In Germany, even before the energy crisis, more and more wood was being used as a source of energy than as a material. Further promotion of wood combustion would deprive material value chains such as the wood pulp and pulp industry of the important raw material wood.

Beck pointed out that the material use of wood has a 9-fold higher added value and up to 7-fold higher employment than the energetic use of wood. In the course of the expansion of the bioeconomy, the raw material wood will also be increasingly needed here in the future.

In this context, the deputy chairman of the committee, Otto Bruder, warned against political plans to further restrict the sustainable economic use of forests. The long-term, sustainable wood utilization potential available in Germany must also continue to be used comprehensively in order to meet the needs of an innovative, efficient and competitive German wood industry.


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