About Environmental Paper Network
The EPN has become a model for collaboration that is looked to by advocates around the world.
History: EPN began in 2002 as an unlikely alliance of environmental organisations with very diverse approaches to a common problem — addressing the scale of the challenges and opportunities for social justice and conservation presented by the expanding forest, pulp and paper industry in North America. In 2005 a similar network formed in Europe and wrote a new Vision that included social issues as well as environmental ones. In 2009, the Chinese Environmental Paper Network formed. In 2014, organisations in these Networks collaboratively wrote an updated Global Paper Vision, to include current, key issues and harmonise global efforts. We work together through regional and international working groups on topics including paper saving, Indonesian rainforests, pulp finance and forests, climate and biomass energy. Today, EPN is a network of over 140 organisations working in alignment towards a common goal to create the transformational change in the industry described in the Global Paper Vision.
The EPN is currently organized into three non-hierarchical hubs, each with its own Steering Committee and staff.
EPN’s unification of the many environmental organisations working to transform the paper industry has helped to catalyze significant market shifts. Tangible evidence of this shift includes the legal protection of millions of acres of Endangered Forests; significant increases in the number of paper-related certifications and forest acres certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); hundreds of large companies developing environmental paper policies; the rapidly growing availability of genuine environmental papers to purchasers; decreases in U.S. and European over-consumption; and increased demand for, and use of, recovered fibre.
Note: The Environmental Paper Network (EPN) is a network of 150+ organisations working together towards a common goal of a forest, pulp and paper, and biomass industry that contribute to a healthy, just and sustainable future for all life on earth. Publications by EPN are signed off by all three Steering Committees, unless indicated otherwise. Member organizations are not individually responsible for materials distributed by the network.