The strong message was contained in a joint statement signed by the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-BOIS) and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW).

CEI-Bois and EFBWW said the EU‘s Biomass Action Plan targets would require the burning of an additional 240 million m3 of wood every year. This would lead to a shortage of 140 million m3 of wood annually, making it harder for Europe’s wood industries to source raw material.

The organisations said woodworking companies are already confronted by severe wood shortages leading to increased costs and unemployment.

They also urged authorities to involve wood-based industry as the key partner whenever considering support for biomass energy. This, they said, would ensure optimal use of wood without disrupting the existing value and employment chains.