Workshop: Non-binding Guidance on the Cascading Use of Woody Biomass
13th Apr 2018, Room 1A, CCAB, Rue Froissart 36
Materials and products made from woody biomass play an essential role in our daily lives and their production forms a cornerstone of the economy in many Member States. For a long time, the utilisation of woody biomass as raw material has provided it a relatively high added value in the wood-based products, while its full valorization, reusing woody biomass products and/or recycling them once they have become waste have not been optimal in all aspects.
The Paris Agreement to limit the increase of the global temperature below 2 degrees of Celsius by 2050 sets stringent demand for the EU to radically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% from 1990 level. This will require the transition to a low-carbon, circular economy, where industries based on woody and other types of biomass will play an important role.
To contribute to the global climate change mitigation effort and also meet increasing demand for bio-based raw materials, forest-based woody biomass will need to be used more resource-efficiently and sustainably in order to meet increasing demand for bio-based raw materials. In this context there is a need for conducting and applying more research and innovation, strengthening of regional industrial ecosystems and value chains, and engaging with stakeholders and resource holders (e.g. foresters), civil society and public bodies, as well as consumers.
In the Circular Economy Action Plan, the Commission has committed itself to promote efficient use of bio-based resources through a series of measures, including non-binding guidance on the cascading use of biomass, sharing good practices and making good use of research and innovation. The Commission is currently carrying out a consultation with the stakeholders on this issue.