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Forests and renewable energy are the focus of the UN’s International Day of Forests

Renewable energy - Turbine at Sappi's Ngodwana mill
Renewable energy produced by the pulp and paper industry, by virtue of the cogeneration process and biomass based lignin content in black liquor, uses less water and emits less CO2 than regular coal based power production. Credit: Sappi

The theme of the 2017 United Nations International Day of Forests (IDF) is Forests and Energy. Heralded annually, it shares the day with South Africa’s Human Rights Day. The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) is proud to represent the global forest products industry, which plays an important role in contributing to the production of renewable energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels by using wood manufacturing residuals, byproducts and forest residues – collectively known as biomass – to produce much of…

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There are more formally protected grasslands and natural forests under management of the plantation industry, than in any other commercial land use sector. Photo: Mondi
There are more formally protected grasslands and natural forests under management of the plantation industry, than in any other commercial land use sector. Photo: Mondi

In June, I represented both Forestry SA and PAMSA at an event hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at the CSIR. We had put up some banners depicting plantation trees and set up a table with an array of printed brochures.…