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30 September 2020 14:00Renaissance Hotel, Brussels or via live streaming

The event on 30 September consists of two seminars - please sign up for part 1, 2 or both.

Part 1 - hosted by Wood Be Better: 09.00-10.30 CET

EU Forest Strategy post 2020 - what should it achieve, why and how?

The European Commission has announced that it intends to put forward a revised EU Forest Strategy during the first quarter of 2021.  In May 2020, the Commission published its 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, which among other areas focuses on forests and forestry. The Biodiversity Strategy states that the revised Forest Strategy should be “… in line with our wider biodiversity and climate neutrality ambitions”. From a forest owner and/or manager’s perspective, navigating in the present EU policy landscape is anything but easy. Many questions arise, such as:

  • What is the vision and overall objectives for the revised Forest Strategy?
  • What role should the Forest Strategy play in EU policy development going forward?
  • How will the Forest and Biodiversity Strategies relate to each other?
  • How can the total impact of the two strategies be correctly interpreted?

Confirmed speakers, part 1:

  • Jessica Polfjärd, Member of European Parliament (EPP, SE), Member of the ENVI Committee and Substitute in the ECON and EMPL Committees
  • Pierre Bascou, Director, Direcorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission
  • Petri Sarvamaa, Member of European Parliament, (EPP, FI), Rapporteur for the European Parliament’s INI-report on the Forest Strategy

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

Part 2 - hosted by Cepi: 11.00-13.00 CET

EU Forest-based Industries' contribution to the 2050 climate neutrality objective

In March 2020, the European Commission presented its proposal for a 2050 Climate Law, which presently is under negotiation in the Parliament and the Council. To reach climate neutrality, all sectors of the society must contribute. The EU Forest-based industries contribute in three ways: by sequesting carbon in growing forests, by storing carbon in products and by replacing fossil based products.

In the coming years, the Commission is to present several initiatives concerning a Sustainable Product Policy Framework. To what extent and how will forest-based products be included? Will products based on renewable resources be the preferred option?

Focus will be on:

  • Climate effects of the forest-based sector in the European Union
  • The role of forests and forest-based products for carbon-neutrality: is the EU climate policy framework going in the right direction?
  • The space for forest-based products in the future EU Product Policy

Confirmed speakers, part 2:

  • Jori Ringman, Cepi Director General
  • Peter Holmgren, Forestry specialist and the former Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research
  • Jytte Guteland, Member of European Parliament, (S&D, SE) Rapporteur for the European Parliament on the Climate Law
  • Artur Runge Metzger, Director, Direcorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission
  • João Morais Sarmento, Counsellor for Environment, Portuguese Permanent Representation to the EU
  • Piotr Borkowski, Executive Director, Eustafor
  • Emmanuelle Maire, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission
  • Clive Pinnington, Managing Director, European Panel Federation
  • Christian Egenhofer, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Energy and Climate programme, CEPS

13.00-14.00 Light lunch is served

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Location and link

We are aiming for this to be a hybrid event, i.e. an event where you can either attend on site in Brussels or via our live broadcasting. For on-site attendance, we will comply with Belgian Covid-19 measures prevailing at the time of the event. 

For on-site attendees, please note that we will take pictures and film during the evening. In case you do not wish to be recorded, you need to notify the photographer before the event begins.

Please observe that the event will be held in English.

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The Wood Be Better network: Swedish Forest Industries and LRF Skogsägarna*

* i.e. Federation of Swedish Family Forest Owners.

Confederation of European Paper Industries (Cepi)