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SDG 7. AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY


BY CHOOSING PEFC PRODUCTS
YOU ENSURE RESPONSIBLY SOURCED RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTS FOR ALL 

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Focusing on universal access to energy, increased energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable energy through new economic and job opportunities is crucial to creating more sustainable and inclusive communities and resilience to environmental issues like climate change.

At the current time, there are approximately 3 billion people who lack access to clean-cooking solutions. Additionally, slightly less than 1 billion people are functioning without electricity.

Forests & Affordable energy

- Energy from wood fuel is equivalent to roughly 40% of our renewable energy supply 1

Forests and trees provide wood fuel for cooking, heating and industrial needs. Wood fuel plays a critical role in ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy by providing basic energy services to about 2.4 billion people worldwide, or one-third of the world’s population. In developed countries, it is assumed that close to 90 million people use wood fuel as their main source of heating (mainly in Europe, but also in North America).  Wood fuel therefore makes a significant contribution to energy provision and is critical for many of the world’s poor and people in vulnerable situations.

Wood fuel also contributes to renewable energy through electricity generation and co-generation. The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) has estimated that fuels derived from wood contribute more than 87 percent of all biomass energy.

PEFC’s contribution to SDG #7

PEFC certification helps ensure that renewable energy products are sourced responsibly

A fundamental principle of PEFC certification is that it requires that forest management maintains or increases forests and their ecosystem services, as well as the economic, ecological, cultural and social values they provide.

Furthermore, the capability of forests to produce wood on a sustainable basis must be maintained, ensuring that harvesting levels do not exceed a rate that can be sustained in the long term.

PEFC certification also requires that the protective functions of forests for society, such as their potential role in climate regulation and carbon sequestration and other regulating or supporting ecosystem services, must be maintained or enhanced.

PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management requirements contributing to SDG #7:

8.1.1 Maintenance or appropriate enhancement of forest resources and their contribution to the global carbon cycle: The standard requires that management shall aim to maintain or increase forests and their ecosystem services and maintain or enhance the economic, ecological, cultural and social values of forest resources.

8.3 Maintenance and encouragement of productive functions of forests (wood and non-wood)

8.3.1 The standard requires that the capability of forests to produce a range of wood and non-wood forest products and services on a sustainable basis shall be maintained.

8.3.4 The standard requires that harvesting levels of both wood and non-wood forest products shall not exceed a rate that can be sustained in the long term, and optimum use shall be made of the harvested products.

8.5.1 Maintenance or appropriate enhancement of protective functions in forest management (notably soil and water) :

8.5.1 Protective functions of forests for society, such as their potential role in erosion control, flood prevention, water purification, climate regulation, carbon sequestration and other regulating or supporting ecosystem services shall be maintained or enhanced.

8.5.4 Special care shall be given to forestry operations in forest areas with water protection functions to avoid adverse effects on the quality and quantity of water resources. Inappropriate use of chemicals or other harmful substances or inappropriate silvicultural practices influencing water quality in a harmful way shall be avoided. Downstream water balance and water quality shall not be significantly affected by the operations.

[1] UN FAO

 

>> More about the SDGs on the UN website 

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