Underpinning the vital role of the forest-based sector in the Circular Bio-economy

WoodCircus at the Wood Industry Summit at LIGNA, Hannover

27 May 2019 | Resource efficiency in forestry and timber industry, Wald und Holz NRW

One of the 16 WoodCircus partners, Nova-institut (DE), participated to the Summit performing fact finding interviews and meeting people from various organizations working on the topics of wood recycling, resource efficiency and cascade use of wood.

Photos: A wooden construction element with recycled paper as insulation material and the WoodCircus project flyer in the foreground | Chips from different wood based panels for recycling | Mr Ekkerhard WIECHEL (Effizienz Agentur NRW) opening the black box of the material flow analysis

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First Fact Finding Workshop

30 January – 1st February 2019 Warsaw, Poland

The WoodCircus project kick-off meeting was held in Warsaw, Poland, between the 30th of January and the 1st of February 2019. A first fact finding workshop was held to gather preliminary information on recycling, waste wood management and side stream valorisation activities from both technical and regulatory point of view in the EU13 countries (EU13 referring to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republique, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia as countries who have joined the EU after 2004).

The workshop participants, including project representatives and stakeholders, established a preliminary overview of the current situation of wood-based value chain management in the EU13 countries. The starting point is perceived as highly fragmented and heterogenous, differences lying especially in regulations and level of technical advancement between the EU13 countries or regions. Low awareness of circular bioeconomy and consumers’ unfavorable perceptions of wood-based products, besides modest visibility and acknowledgement are stated as common problems of the forestry sector. Whereas some of the existing regulations are still in the implementation phase, the data collection, classification, standardization and labelling activities would profit from more transparency and less red tape.

It would be crucial to promote mutual understanding between different stakeholders (industry – end users – policy makers – RTDI) as well as B2B collaboration in order to raise awareness, create market demand and increase forestry sector’s visibility and social approval of wood-based products. The sector would profit from a more systematic and strategic approach, competence transfer and policy incentives when it comes to value chain optimization and implementing bioeconomy principles.


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Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, VTT


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Anne-Christine Ritschkoff