• Over 80% of New Zealand’s paper products are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). These certifications verify that the paper is sourced from responsibly managed forests

    NZABC, 2022
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  • The country has around 2 million hectares of plantation forests. These are primarily composed of softwood (1.5 million hectares) and hardwood (0.5 million hectares) species, which are essential for meeting the demand for wood products domestically and internationally​.

    IBISWorld via ​Department of Agriculture, 2023
  • The paper industry in Australia has a strong focus on recycling. As of 2024, about 87% of paper and paperboard consumed in Australia is recovered and recycled, reducing the need for virgin materials and decreasing landfill waste​.

    Department of Agriculture, July 2023
  • The industry invests over NZD 50 million annually in research and development to explore new sustainable practices. Innovations include the development of eco-friendly paper products, biodegradable packaging, and the use of alternative raw materials such as agricultural residues​.

    NZABC, 2022
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  • The paper industry in New Zealand has made significant strides towards carbon neutrality. For instance, the industry has reduced its carbon emissions by 40% over the past decade through energy-efficient processes and the use of renewable energy sources.

    NZABC, 2022
  • Australia has a strong commitment to sustainable forest management. About 16.2 million hectares of native forests are managed under Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs), ensuring ecological sustainability and economic viability​

    Department of Agriculture
  • The forestry sector supports around 73,000 direct jobs, with additional employment in related industries such as wood processing and paper production. This makes it a vital source of employment, particularly in regional areas

    Department of Agriculture & Australian Forest Products Association
  • The Australian forestry and logging industry is valued at approximately AUD 2.5 billion in 2024. This sector contributes significantly to the national economy, with ongoing growth projected over the next five years.

    Department of Agriculture​, 2023
       
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