Forest Industries Ireland (FII) is placing timber and forestry at the heart of Ireland’s rural economy.
FII brings together companies from across the forestry and timber supply chain, from forest owners and forestry companies, to timber processors, wood product manufacturers, and renewable energy producers. With a combined turnover of over €800 million, the industry is a major player in the rural and national economies. Our companies take pride in the high-quality employment we provide and the sustainable products we deliver.
The industry is enjoying a period of major capital investment, market buoyancy and substantial growth in wood supply. These three elements will underpin growth for the industry that will see it double in size in the next two decades.
FII and its member companies are committed to engendering the highest standards in the industry. Competitiveness, climate action, and sustainability go hand in hand and underpin long term growth and prosperity across this dynamic industry. We are proud to be delivering quality jobs especially to our rural communities, and making a major contribution to the Irish economy, our society and the environment.
- The forest industries make a €2.3 billion contribution to the economy and create 12,000 direct and indirect jobs.
- The industry is growing fast. By 2035, turnover will double from €800 million to €1.6 billion.
- Ireland is perfect for growing conifers. Our climate ensures rapid growth, high productivity and competitive products.
- Half of our forests are privately owned by 21,000 individual owners across the country.
- Each year, Irish forests sequester 3.6 million tonnes of CO2 – that’s equivalent to 80% of the CO2 emitted annually cars on Irish roads.The total forest carbon sink is now 312 million tonnes.
- Timber is nature’s answer to building houses from an entirely renewable resource.
- Irish forests are managed to guarantee ever increasing forest cover.
- Ireland has one of the world’s most sophisticated and technologically advanced timber industries.
- Timber products replace carbon intensive construction materials.
- Wood based bioenergy replaces fossil fuels.
- Ireland’s forests deliver employment, exports, carbon sequestration, cleaner air, renewable energy, recreation opportunities, landscapes, biodiversity, flood prevention and much more.
Bio-diversity and Irish Forests
- Since 1980, over 210,000 hectares of farm & private forests have been established in Ireland. More than 21,000 farmers own & manage farm woodlands.
- The strategic development plan for the Irish forestry sector sets the target that Ireland will have a forest cover of 17% by 2030. However, the planting targets required to meet this target are not being met.
- About 5,200 hectares of semi-natural forests are protected in national parks and nature reserves.
- In 2017, 3.3 million cubic meters of round wood was available for processing in the Republic of Ireland. Other forest based outputs include foliage, bark, nursery plants, Christmas trees and transmission poles.
- Residue material in the form of chips and sawdust is used for energy production and as a feedstock for the production of wood based panels. Bark is used in horticulture.
- Ireland’s forests create an opportunity to conserve and enhance bio-diversity at both local and national level.
- Careful management of Ireland’s forests is essential to ensure that the bio-diversity they support is not threatened.
- COFORD reports conclude that the promotion of bio-diversity in Irish forests requires the support of good policies and practices. Recommendations arising from this project address many aspects of forestry from strategic planning to localised planning and practice.
- Today, all grant-aided forest development in Ireland must conform to the Forest Service’s forest bio-diversity guidelines. These focus on how best to conserve and enhance biodiversity in Irish forests, through appropriate planning, conservation and management.