Mapping the Expansion of the Paper Industry

The map below shows ongoing EPN research of planned and proposed new pulp capacity around the world, and their proximity to the risk factors of deforestation fronts and Intact Forest Landscapes. [The map may take a moment to load]

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Major mills (400,000 tons/year or more)
Medium sized mills (100,000 to 400,000 tons/year)
Proximity to Intact Forest Landscapes (large and unbroken areas of forest ecosystems with no signicant human activity)
WWF Deforestation Fronts, where deforestation is likely to occur by 2030, and where large areas of remaining forest will continue to be degraded.

Important context info about the mapping:

  • Capacity change is expressed in tons per year.
  • Pulp mills in red have 400,000 or more tons per year of planned capacity increase, mills in purple have between 100,000 and 400,000 tons per year of planned capacity change. Smaller mills are not included.
  • The “Red Lines,” were developed by EPN as guidance for financiers to avoid social and environmental risks in pulp and paper industry investments.
  • The map DOES NOT provides information on actual capacity.
  • The map DOES NOT at this stage judge/identify a campaign target.
  • This map is just a first step to assist NGOs analysis on which new pulp/paper projects might lead to deforestation and forest degradation.
  • Further research is needed on where the planned mills will source from (this information is mostly commercial confidentiality of companies).
  • Pulp mills probably have the most direct impact on the area they are built (they source fibre normally within 200 km. radius) – hence some focus on pulp in this map.

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