Slovenia is likely one of the most densely forested international locations in Europe, but the nation has misplaced nearly €10bn because it uncared for its wooden business in current many years, information from a research that can function the foundation for a wooden business technique for 2021-2027 confirmed.
The research introduced by the economic system ministry on January 22 confirmed that despite the fact that 4 cubic metres of wooden per resident develop in Slovenia per 12 months, solely half a cubic metre of wooden per resident is used for wooden merchandise.
Translated into the worth of CO2 coupons, this quantities to as much as €170mn a 12 months, in keeping with the research, which proposes a number of measures to boost the wood-processing business.
The research additional exhibits that if 3mn cubic metres of wooden have been processed in Slovenia, merchandise would take in some 7.5mn tonnes of CO2, or nearly 50% of the nation’s annual CO2 emissions.
The research finds that wooden is a strategic uncooked materials for the nation, because it has the most important quantity per capita within the EU. It’s also a renewable supply, with a detrimental carbon footprint, which requires little vitality throughout processing, so it might successfully exchange different supplies.
In keeping with the efforts of the EU and the European Inexperienced Settlement, there’s a rising must restructure the economic system in the direction of sustainable improvement, with an emphasis on native manufacturing from its personal uncooked supplies and decrease vitality consumption.
In 2018, the Slovenia’s wooden progress totaled 8.8mn cubic metres. 6.1mn cubic metres have been logged, of which only one.7mn cubic metres have been processed at residence and three.6mn cubic metres have been exported.
This tendency resulted in decline of the variety of employees within the wooden and furnishings sectors, whereas manufacturing of semi-products for the furnishings business has virtually disappeared.
With the intention to totally exploit Slovenia’s wooden potential, the consultants who contributed to the research counsel a number of measures together with establishing a business-friendly atmosphere by stimulating demand for wooden merchandise and promotion of investments within the wooden business.