What we do

The APPG for the Wood Panel Industry

The APPG’s aim is to highlight the vital contribution that wood panel manufacturers make to the regional and national economies within the UK and to ensure growth for this domestic industry through addressing concerns in terms of impact of energy policy upon wood security.

An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is a group of parliamentarians formed to discuss a subject in which members have a common interest and enthusiasm. The Groups are not controlled by a party whip and only backbench members of both Houses (i.e. those who do not hold a ministerial position) are eligible to join.

The APPG for the Wood Panel Industry is Chaired by Selaine Saxby MP (Conservative Member of Parliament for North Devon) and has cross-party support from Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrat, DUP and Plaid Cymru.

Expert Working Group for the Wood Panel Industry

At the APPG Inaugural Meeting during the last parliament an announcement was made to launch an Expert Working Group on behalf of the Wood Panel Industry. The aim of the Expert Working Group was to mitigate the impact of existing UK energy policy on the wood panel industry by examining policy options available to combat the unintended consequences of biomass subsidy.

The Expert Working Group for the Wood Panel Industry was re-established following the APPG Inaugural Meeting of the current Parliamentary sitting on Wednesday 15th July 2020.

The Expert Working Group refreshed their Report which was presented and approved by the APPG on Tuesday 22nd September:

Expert Working Group for the Wood Panel Industry Final Policy and Baseline Report

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