The importance of forests
Forests are ecosystems that preserve biodiversity, protect water and soil and capture carbon. The annual carbon capture of forests in the Basque Autonomous Community can be estimated based on the average growth of timber, which reaches 3.4 million m3/year. That growth is multiplied by 275 kgC/m3 (kg of carbon contained in a cubic metre of wood). That is why proper forest management is important.
PEFC Certified Timber
Etorki consumes PEFC certified timber and ensures that the wood originates in sustainably managed forests. The goal of PEFC is to ensure that the world's forests are managed responsibly and that the multitude of their functions are protected for present and future generations.
We guarantee consumers that they're buying products from sustainably managed forests.
Wood that comes from our mountains Because we use a natural and renewable resource that is just a few kilometres from our plant, the carbon footprint and life cycle analysis of our products are very low. And the sectorial DAP of our product shows it. In comparison with similar products we have a much more sustainable product that also contributes to mitigating climate change.
Our timber forestry sector contributes to creating employment and wealth in a rural area, it helps maintain the population, it facilitates generational turn over and helps care for and protect our forests.
In the Basque Country the natural resource that is most prevalent and most used for bioeconomic transformation and generation is wood. We have an area of standing forests of 55%, which is significantly higher than the European average of 40%. Because of that, it is important to implement R&D for developing new products made of wood that can replace many other products made from petroleum derivatives that pollute a lot more.