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Current activities

Preparing stock-taking documents on how circular concepts relate to the forest-based sector to inform policy (WIPoW Work Area 2)
  • A study on “Circularity concepts in forest-based industries” analyses the existing and possible limitations to circular approaches in forest-based industries, namely the woodworking industry (focusing on sawn wood processing, bioenergy production and wood in construction), the furniture industry, the paper and pulp industry as well as industry using cellulose-based fibres and cellulose-based plastics. It provides evidence that not all circular approaches are sustainable under all circumstances. In some cases, the focus on circularity may cause environmental externalities, in other cases, it may not guarantee economic viability.
  • Ongoing work on a study on “Forest and the Circular Economy”, planned for issue in 2021. This document will provide an overview on how the forest sector implements circular economy concepts through: SFM, certification, cascading use, trade, recycling and reuse, etc. (concept note);

  • Exploring the issue of wood-based value chains in a circular economy - UNECE is currently exploring the possiblity of development of a wood waste classification for the UNECE region as a tool facilitating data collection and wood waste trade (concept note);

  • Informing policy on the social dimension of the circular and bio-economy:

Preparation of communication materials on the role of the forest sector in the circular bio-economy (e.g. video or brochure) is under way, subject to availability of funds (WIPoW Work Area 3).