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The global demand for forest-based products is anticipated to increase by a third by 2035, and quadruple by 2050. This escalation is fueled by population growth, urbanisation, and the cross-industry drive towards net-zero emissions. However, as outlined by WWF, FSC’s forests cannot simultaneously meet this escalating demand and be managed sustainably. To protect biodiversity and forest ecosystems, people of this planet must develop scalable solutions for the use but also reuse of forest-based materials.
Legislation worldwide, particularly in Europe, is urging companies to transition towards circular business models. These laws are based on various methods ranging from public procurement, financial mechanisms, reporting requirements, to direct product stipulations as vehicles toward circularity. All share ambitious timelines. for example, the EU mandates a transition by 2030, and necessitate fundamental changes from companies in terms of supply chain transparency, data validation, and product information flows.
Adapting the FSC standards to enable circular solutions
FSC is committed to fulfill this mission to safeguard forests and to continuously adapt to fit the needs and challenges of future generations. To achieve this and maintain the ability to find future solutions for the numerous companies utilizing whole systems as a cornerstone in their sustainability efforts, people are prioritising to make it easier for companies to implement circular setups within the FSC standards and frameworks.
However, the current FSC chain of custody standards, including the FSC standard for reclaimed materials, were not shaped to fit today’s need when working with modern circularity solution. These can make it challenging for companies to adopt circular business models, while maintaining FSC certification. The issues span from leasing setups, take-back solutions, repair models, to the permitted usage of pre- and post-consumer materials across various product types.
Addressing these barriers is crucial. Over the past year, FSC professionals have mapped their root causes and identified potential solutions.
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