ETTRINGEN and ALLGAU, Germany, Feb. 26, 2010 (Press Release) -
The demand for certified paper from sustainable forestry continues to grow rapidly. This enabled Lang Papier to sell approx. 13,000 tonnes last year, doubling sales of paper with a PEFC certificate (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). Lang Papier, part of the Myllykoski Group, has been pioneering recovered paper as a raw material for five decades, and continues to expand its range of environmentally friendly products.
"We can offer twice as much sustainability: the wood for our certified papers is renewable through permanent reforestation, and once in circulation the paper is recycled," says Martin Heinrich, Representative for Management Systems at Lang Papier. "We also obtain our wood largely from forests in the vicinity of our paper mill, with 75% of them certified according to PEFC, providing further ecological benefits."
Like the entire Myllykoski Group, Lang Papier only uses the two uniquely established and acclaimed certification systems PEFC and FSC. 7.3 million hectares of German forest, roughly two-thirds of the total, is now PEFC-certified.
In 2009 MYLLYKOSKI intensified its effort to obtain wood responsibly. All seven of the mills in the family business are PEFC- and/or FSC-certified. Besides certification, MYLLYKOSKI is focusing its environmental activities on fighting climate change by conserving and efficiently using energy as well as reducing waste water production and fresh water consumption. Since 2002 MYLLYKOSKI has been publishing a sustainability report and is a member of the United Nations Global Compact Initiative for socially responsible corporate action. All the European paper mills are certified according to the environmental management systems EMAS and ISO 14001 and issue an Environmental Protection Declaration every year.
Forestry certification is an efficient means for promoting sustainable forestry. The adherence to norms and principles is thus monitored by independent bodies. A series of precisely defined performance standards are checked to ensure that the wood comes from sustainably managed forests and legal sources.
With the certification of more than 225 million hectares of forest around the world, PEFC is the largest forest seal in the world and has made it their policy to establish sustainable forestry and thereby ensure forest ecosystems for future generations. The goal of PEFC is the documentation and improvement of sustainable forestry with regard to economic, ecological and social standards.
These standards include:
- Mixed forests from common local types of trees are promoted rather than monocultures
- Pesticides are only the absolutely last means used to save a forest
- Forest machines must use marked roads
- Machines may only be operated in the forest with biological oils
- Service providers must also possess an accepted certificate
- Deadwood must be retained: to improve the diversity of types and the habitat
- Wild growth is to be adjusted to ensure forest regeneration
- Fertilizer may not be used to increase growth
- The forest must remain free of genetically altered organisms