Sustainability / The forest, the source


The wood used in Spain for papermaking is grown in plantations that are continuously replanted and regenerated and which drive rural economy.
Wood sourced from local plantations (98%) that creates rural employment and stores CO2
In 2016, the Spanish pulp and paper industry used 5.2 million m3 of wood as raw material.
Consumption of Spanish wood grew by 4%, while imports of wood,which in 2015 had been drastically reduced, continued to fall to account for just 2% of total wood consumption in the sector.
98% of the wood used to make pulp comes from local pine and eucalyptus plantations, which in 2016 occupied 476,260 hectares (2.6% of total forest land cover in Spain). They provide direct employment for 5,226 people (up 1% over the previous year) in reforestation and silviculture work. They also generate a further 16,833 indirect jobs in machinery, transport, workshops, etc.
Thanks to their fast-growing characteristics, pine and eucalyptus plantations for paper fix carbon more quickly and are very efficient CO2 sinks. In 2016, plantations for papermaking stored 42 million tons of CO2 equivalent (35% more than in 2015).
Significant increase in certified wood
Spain is a forest power: we are the third EU country in terms of forest land cover. In order to harness the advantages such an opportunity offers, the sustainable management of these forest stands and their
certification is a key issue and is being greatly encouraged. In 2016, 56% of the wood consumed by the sector was certified, compared to 30% the previous year (and the rest of the wood consumed is fully controlled). At present, 55% of Spanish-produced paper on the market and 56% of market pulp production in Spain is certified.


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Sustainability Report 2015: The forest, the source

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