Wood market and sustainability
Matthias Dieter, Head of the Institute for International Forestry and Forest Economics at the Thünen Institute, addressed the lack of availability of wood as one of the biggest challenges in the industry. Increased exports from Germany, forest damage, bans on use and war-related supply failures are responsible for the crisis mood. By showing options for action for politicians and companies as well as estimating the effects of relocation, Dieter was able to provide valuable food for thought. Appropriately, Silvia Melegari, Secretary General of the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), spoke about the EU Timber Trade Regulation, Biodiversity Strategy and the Forest Protection Act. Stefan Merl from Deloitte Austria explained the requirements resulting from the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and the Taxonomy Regulation for all large corporations in the EU area. In addition, he gave an overview of the current status of the European supply chain act as well as recommendations for action for the companies concerned. Why we have hardly been acting in a sustainable manner for decades, discussed Christian Berg in his lecture ”Is sustainability utopian?“ The physicist, philosopher, theologian and engineer outlined which barriers we encounter on the way to sustainability and how these can be overcome.