GROW responds to the EU’s public consultation on the revision of the packaging Directive
On January 6th 2021, the European Federation of Wood Packaging Manufacturers participated in the public consultation launched by the European Commission on the revision of the essential requirements of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.
Secondly, the essential requirements for packaging should be different for sustainable/renewable materials such as wood than for non-sustainable ones.
Third, developing a harmonised, clear and realistic definition of recyclability as well as compostability and biodegradability with the aim of having legal certainty by updating current definitions.
Fourth, the imposition of reuse targets and the promotion of reusable packaging may not be the most appropriate solution for all materials.
Fifth, some harmonisation of national fees for integrated waste management systems linked to extended producer responsibility (Green Dot) is needed for each type of packaging material. Eco-design should be encouraged by increasing or reducing the fees depending on the environmental impact of packaging.
Finally, wood packaging companies are all SMEs and it is important not to impose a disproportionate administrative burden on them. These companies are often located in rural areas with limited economic opportunities and should be supported to combat the exodus to urban areas.
By actively promoting tree planting, the wood-based sector contributes to the fight against climate change (trees sequester CO₂ and wood retains it), promotes biodiversity conservation and helps in the fight against poverty.
In 2018, about 397 000 enterprises were active in wood-based industries across the EU, representing 20% of EU manufacturing enterprises. It is estimated that there are at least 16 million forest owners in the EU who take care of approximately 60% of the European forest area 
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Industries of light wooden packaging
On January 6th 2021, the European Federation of Wooden Packaging Manufacturers participated in the public