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Title: Paper and pulp output continues to climb in Europe and Russia, but falls in North America : markets for paper, paperboard and woodpulp, 2006-2007

Author: Akim, Eduard; Ince, Peter J.; Lombard, Bernard; Parik, Tomas

Date: 2007

Source: Forest products annual market review, 2006-2007, chapter 8. Geneva timber and forest study papers ; no. 22. New York : United Nations, 2007: p. 79-88: ISBN: 9789211169713: 9211169712: 9781435612730 (electronic bk): 1435612736 (electronic bk).

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Description: Overall in the UNECE region in 2006, paper and paperboard consumption, production and trade continued growing, with gains in Europe and the CIS, but a downturn in North America. North American pulp and paper production and consumption decreased slightly in 2006 and early 2007, in part due to the slowdown in United States housing construction and its subsequent economic impacts. Russia’s exports of paper, paperboard and woodpulp fell slightly in 2006, while domestic consumption accelerated by 11%. North American prices of many major pulp, paper and paperboard commodities were approaching ten-year highs by early 2007 due to a weaker US dollar and declining capacity; prices also rose in Europe. Projects to produce cellulosic fuel ethanol from biomass are underway in North America, and although wood energy use is low, paper companies are supporting efforts to develop integrated biorefineries to complement existing pulping facilities and produce bioenergy and biofuels. Fuel prices rocketed, raising concerns about energy security and climate change which resulted in widespread discussions on renewable energy sources, with the pulp and paper industry on centre stage, since it is the foremost industrial producer and user of renewable energy in Europe. Initiatives such as the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform play a key role in helping the European pulp and paper industry develop sustainable, effective bio-solutions to alleviate climate change and find solutions to greater wood mobilization. The new EU chemicals directive, REACH, with the objective of safe use of man-made products from the chemical industry, was essential in ensuring that both pulp and recovered paper were treated in a manner that did nor constrain the paper industry’s competitive wood procurement.

Keywords: Forest products, prices, pulpwood, marketing, economic aspects, statistics, forest products industry, paperboard industry, commerce, market surveys, supply, demand, paper industry, wood-pulp industry, waste paper, recycling

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Akim, Eduard; Ince, Peter J.; Lombard, Bernard; Parik, Tomas; 2007. Paper and pulp output continues to climb in Europe and Russia, but falls in North America : markets for paper, paperboard and woodpulp, 2006-2007. Forest products annual market review, 2006-2007, Chapter 8. Geneva timber and forest study papers ; no. 22. New York : United Nations, 2007: p. 79-88: ISBN: 9789211169713: 9211169712: 9781435612730 (electronic bk): 1435612736 (electronic bk).

 


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