Friday, 01 November 2019
FSC Australia joins forest industries delegation to Japan
FSC Australia’s Policy and Standards Manager, Stefan Jensen, recently took part in a forest industries delegation to Japan accompanying Australia’s Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Jonathon Duniam.
The main event for the delegation was a reception with Minister Dunium and senior figures from Japan’s paper industries.
On the importance of building stronger ties with Japan, Minister Duniam said “Japan is our second largest trading partner for both forestry and fishery products, with a combine export value of $706 million in 2018-19. Woodchips rank in Australia’s top ten most valuable exports to Japan.”
Asked about the outcome of the delegation, Stefan Jensen emphasised that “Japan is a key export market for Australia’s forestry industry and a market where products from sustainably managed forests is in high demand. A demand that is further exacerbated by Japan’s rapidly growing bioenergy market.”
On the importance of FSC certification on the Japanese market, Stefan Jensen added that “There is no doubt that sustainability is pivotal to the Japanese and it was very pleasing to hear that Japanese businesses see the FSC label as the ultimate guarantor for sustainability.”