Sustainability / The forest, the source
Wood for paper is planted and cultivated in plantations that are continually being regenerated and replanted and provide a driving force in rural economy.
Timber from local plantations (97%)
Of the 5.1 million cubic metres of wood that the Spanish pulp and paper industry used as raw material in 2015, 97% came from local pine and eucalyptus plantations, which represents an increase of 10% in local wood procurement and thus a dramatic decrease in imports.
Generated rural employment grows by 11%
These local plantations covered 450,790 hectares in 2015 (2.4% of Spain's total timberlands) and provided direct employment to 5,177 people (up 11% over the previous year), engaged in reforestation and forestry work, as well as generating 16,675 indirect jobs in machinery, transportation, workshops ...
Plantations of trees for papermaking —pine and eucalyptus— are fast-growing and therefore fix carbon faster, making them highly efficient CO2 sinks. In 2015, plantations for paper stored 31 million tons of CO2 equivalent (up 11% over 2014).
Certified paper continues to increase
We are the third EU country in forest area and that represents a great opportunity. To fully grasp it, we need to promote the sustainable management and certification of these forests. At present, 54.4% of Spanish-made paper on the market is certified, an increase of 8% over the previous year.
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Sustainability Report 2015: The forest, the source
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