Wood supply is not keeping pace with European consumption of wood based product , paper and board prdouction, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) heard at its annual meeting in Brussels.

A CEPI study on wood consumption and availabilty in European forest-based industries concluded that increasing industry capacities would not be fully used in the future. It says panel industry capacity is expected to increase by 13% and pulp and paper by 10%, necessitating an additional 30 million m3 of wood in the next five years.

CEPI identified nature-oriented management, renewable energy and climate change as three potential threats to wood supply.

It says it is committed to joining forces with woodworking industries to write a unified code of practice for assessing the wood flow into the industrial process.