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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.

On Monday 5th November 2018, the Expert Working Group presented their findings in the form of a draft Policy Report to Claire Perry (Former MP and Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth) at the House of Commons.

At the AGM of the APPG for the Wood Panel Industry on Thursday 7th February 2019, the published Report was presented to members of the APPG for the Wood Panel Industry. The Report assesses:

1. The challenges facing the wood panel sector sector due to lack of security of domestic wood supply.
2. How the industry can meet UK demand for wood panel products post Brexit.
3. How it can coexist with the wood processing and wood fuels sectors which also rely on a finite domestic wood supply

The Expert Working Group Policy Report is currently being updated, as mandated at our Inaugural Meeting on Wednesday 15th July 2020. We will be presenting it to Ministers and MPs in the Autumn.

Please find the original Expert Working Group Policy Report available here.

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