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The APPG for the Wood Panel Industry

The aim of the APPG for the Wood Panel Industry is to highlight the vital contribution that wood panel manufacturers make to the regional and national economies of the UK, and to ensure the sustainable growth of this domestic industry by addressing concerns relating to energy policy and wood security.

All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.

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.

Why Britain Needs More Trees

In May 2022 the Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF) set out its position on UK forestry policy in a new policy paper “Why Britain Need More Trees – The Right Trees – To Support British Manufacturing and Net Zero”.

The paper makes the case for the importance of increased forestry investment across the UK to achieve domestic wood security. While the WPIF supports the UK Government’s ambition to plant 30,000 hectares per year by 2025, there will be a need to look beyond this with WPIF supporting closer alignment with the target recommended by the Climate Change Committee to plant 50,000 hectares per year between 2035 and 2050.

WPIF was pleased to note the comments made by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee in their Tree Planting and Woodlands Report that:

“Increasing the amount of domestic timber the UK uses is essential for the long-term
economic viability of woodlands, whilst also storing carbon and reducing our reliance
on imported wood.”

WPIF hopes to say an uplift in productive forestry which would allow the wood panel industry to be
able to make even greater contributions to the UK economy, while supporting vital
Net Zero targets.

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