SIG Combibloc is supporting the Bonn initiative, which aims to develop scientifically rigorous methodologies that will help quantify the benefits that FSC certified forests contribute to mitigate global warming and fight climate change. This includes improved carbon sequestration.
The data will allow companies to specifically identify the climate benefits derived from sourcing forest products from FSC certified forests in the fight against global warming. It can also help governments with specific knowledge of the amount of carbon storage in responsibly managed forests, offering them better information on their progress towards meeting their UNFCCC Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) within the framework of the Paris Agreement.
Kim Carstensen, director general of FSC International, said: “By protecting and restoring forest ecosystems and improving forest management practices, FSC has a direct positive impact on curbing global warming. Specifically quantifying these positive impacts will allow companies and consumers to better understand the importance of responsible forest management in helping to prevent global warming and eventually become a catalyst for increased demand of products that come from these sources.”