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29 Nov.2019

Masterplan for a Competitive Transformation of EU Energy-intensive Industries

Report from the High-Level Group on Energy-Intensive Industries:

In December 2015, parties to the Paris Agreement committed jointly to keeping the global temperature increase to well below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. In November 2018, following the invitations by the European Parliament and the European Council, the European Commission presented its Strategic Vision “AClean Planet for all”. This has contributed to an EU-wide informed debate with other institutions and stakeholde in view of adopting and submitting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) a long-term strategy by 2020, as requested under the Paris Agreement.

The Political Guidelines for the next European Commission 2019–2024 of the new Commission Presidentelect confirm this political commitment, proposing a “European Green Deal” that should make Europe become the first climate-neutral continent and a European Climate Law to enshrine the 2050 climate-neutrality target into law. The guidelines recognise that this transition should
be just, leaving nobody behind. The Political Guidelines also contain several other important commitments that are relevant to energy intensive industries such as the declaration of a zero-pollution ambition and the announcement of a new European industrial strategy and a new Circular Economy Action Plan2. In March 2019, the European Council invited the Commission to present a long-term vision for the EU’s industrial future with concrete measures to implement it, addressing the chall r better implementation and enforcement of Single Market rules3.
The European Commission is currently preparing the response to this invitation. Several initiatives contribute to this work, including the Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest4, the Industry 2030 high level industrial roundtable5, the Technical Expert Group on sustainable finance, the Commission assessment of the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans, the strategic plan for Horizon Europe and the High Level Group on Energy-intensive Industries (HLG EIIs).
 
The full report can be found below.
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19 Nov.2019

Forest-Based Industries Vision 2050

In light of the climate crisis, the European Forest-Based Industries, including the pulp, paper and other fibre-based product industries, the woodworking industries, the producers of furniture, the bio-energy sector and the printing industry, have come together to present their vision of the European society in 2050 and the essential role that they can play, delivering on the carbon neutrality goal.
 
The Forest-Based Industries (FBI) will provide the most competitive and sustainable net-zero
carbon solutions. They will do that by:
• substituting CO2-intensive raw materials and fossil energy with forest-based alternatives
• eradicating waste and boosting recycling with a sector target of at least 90% material collection and 70% recycling rate for all wood-based products
• driving resource efficiency and enhancing productivity in all areas including materials, manufacturing and logistics
 
We will maximise the use of recycled fibres. Our paper products are easily recyclable and effectively recycled across Europe; the recycling rate of paper is already 71.6% today. As we can meet the society’s current and future needs with non-fossil materials, we anticipate a growing demand for wood and wood-based products that we expect to be translated into FBI market growth of 3% annually. 
 
Our vision is also supported by the European forest owners, farmers, parquet industries and agricultural contractors. While the implementation of this pioneering vision needs to overcome some hurdles, such as the need for accepted recyclability protocols at European level, new technological solutions that will radically change production processes, and a shortage of skilled workforce or market distortions, we plan to deepen our existing partnerships.
 
We will boost innovation through applied research and innovation programmes such as the Forest-based sector Technology Platform, and engage in market development, to ensure our innovative solutions are attainable for consumers in their daily lives.
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19 Nov.2019

CEO INITIATIVE: Our contribution to EU 2050 climate neutrality

It is clear that renewability and circularity are key solutions to decarbonise society. And that forests are the most effective carbon sinks known to man.
 
Through our sustainable forest management we contribute significantly to the growing forest coverage in Europe, thereby enabling forests to play their combined role of carbon sequestration as well as providing carbon neutral materials for carbon storage and substitution of fossil-based raw materials.
 
Our industry offers innovative and resource-efficient solutions for current and future challenges. As a vital part of a circular bio-economy, we provide consumers with a wide range of renewable and recyclable solutions for packaging, different papers, textiles, bio-composites, bio-chemicals and energy products.
 
In addition, we operate as a strategic element of the circular forest-based industry value chain, providing an ever-increasing range of solutions for our customers, for other industries, and for society at large.
Our industry has therefore a strategic interest in being at the forefront in making the decarbonisation of European society happen.
 
Unleashing the full potential of our sector brings Europe closer to achieve a climate neutral economy, leveraging on our strengths: competitiveness, renewability, and circularity.
 
 
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19 Nov.2019

Paper-based packaging recyclability guidelines

How can the value chain, including retailers and brand owners, specify and design paper-based packaging to support the recycling process?
 
There is a growing expectation from consumers, brands and retailers that the packaging they use is recyclable, as part of a global ecodesign approach to reduce its impact on the environment. Producers and recyclers of paper-based packaging are committed to delivering on this expectation.
 
A primary function of packaging is to protect the packed goods during the logistics chain until their final consumption in order to avoid product loss and food waste. Another important function is the communication to the consumer. Paper is always recyclable but some functional properties expected from the packaging require it to be in some cases coated, laminated or treated in other ways in order to meet the different barriers or functional requirements (e.g. for food contact) which can be more challenging for the recycling process. The combination of paper and board with other materials must therefore be implemented in a way that does not hamper recycling, while ensuring that the expected role of packaging is fulfilled.
 
The recommendations here in will allow the value chain, including retailers and brand owners, to improve the recyclability of paper packaging products in the paper recycling process.
These recommendations are generally applicable in Europe, however it is recommended that national Extended Producer Responsibility schemes or relevant bodies are referred to in order to ensure the recyclability of the packaging on the targeted markets and to comply with specific national protocols for assessing recyclability of packaging. National protocols are divergent due to the presence of different collection systems and requirements for collection in the paper and board stream. While national specificities continue to exist, steps towards a harmonisation of recyclability test methods are underway. The recommendations below should be communicated widely to the value chain, including retailers and brand owners, to further improve paper packaging recyclability and help meet national protocols and requirements. The undersigned organisations will continue the open dialogue in the value chain to assess developments in material and recycling technology in order to review these guidelines, as appropriate.
 
The full text of the guidelines can be downloaded below.
 
For more information about Recyclability, please contact Ulrich Leberle, Cepi Raw Materials Director at u.leberle@cepi.org
 
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08 Jul.2019

Key statistics report 2018 out now!

Each year in July CEPI publishes the latest preliminary market and production data for the previous year. 

Some of the figures can be found below:

Paper & Board
Production: 92.2 million tonnes (+0%)
Exports : 20.6 million tonnes (+1.1%)
Imports : 5.8 million tonnes (+3.3%)
Consumption: 77.4 million tonnes (-0.1%)

Market Pulp
Production : 14.4 million tonnes (+1.6%)
Consumption : 19.8 million tonnes (+4.5%)

Paper for Recycling (PFR)
Utilisation : 48.8 million tonnes (+0.9%)
Exports : 10.0 million tonnes (-6.1%) 
Collection : 56.7 million tonnes (-0.3%) 
European PFR recycling rate : 71.6% 

The full report is available here.

For more information on the report, please contact Ariane Crèvecoeur, CEPI's Statistics Manager at a.crevecoeur@cepi.org.


 

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08 Jul.2019

CEPI Annual Statistics 2018 - limited assurance report Deloitte

Deloite has been engaged by the Confederation of European Paper Industries ("CEPI") to issue a limited assurance statement on the data quality rating method CEPI applies on a selection of core indicators published in the "2018 CEPI annual statistics report", "2017 Environment Statistics report" and the "Key Statistics Report", being a summarizing public report in which the most relevant indicators are published. The core indicators covered by the assurance statement and the detailed data quality rating made by CEPI can be retrieved in Appendix 1 and 2 to our Assurance Statement. The data quality rating method applied by CEPI is based on Product Footprint Category Rules (PFCR) for paper, developed by the European Commission's DG Environment (see Appendix 2 to our Assurance Statement).

The full limited assurance statement can be consulted at the link at the bottom of this page.

  Otherwise for more information you may contact Bernard Lombard, Trade & Industrial Policy Director at b.lombard@cepi.org.

 

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09 Apr.2019

Food Contact Guidelines for the Compliance of Paper and Board Materials and Articles now out

The paper and board manufacturing industry, as well as converting sectors including the tissue industry publish today the completely rewritten voluntary ‘Food Contact Guidelines for the Compliance of Paper and Board Materials and Articles’. Formally called “Industry Guideline”, the revised guidelines are intended to enhance the trust of public authorities, business operators and consumers in the safety of paper and board materials for food contact applications. You can consult them here and watch the explanatory video:

 

      

 

This technical document, first published in 2010 and already updated once in 2012, outlines how to meet the highest safety standards for paper and board products used in food contact applications.

Full guidelines can be downloaded below. The Spanish version is available here.

For more information about the document, please contact Jori Ringman, CEPI Deputy Director General, at j.ringman@cepi.org or at (+32) 2 627 49 19.

 

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01 Feb.2019

Preliminary Statistics 2018

Paper and board production stable and market pulp production up in 2018 compared to 2017

CEPI member countries’ paper and board production was stable in 2018, compared to the previous year, according to preliminary figures. Total production in 2018 reached 92.2 million tonnes. 2018 saw new capacities coming on stream but also closures. Combined with the upgrade of existing machines, this translated in a net capacity increase of 1.3 million tonnes.

The production stability observed in Europe contrasts with the reduced global paper and board production 0.6% in 2018 compared to 2017, to 417 million tonnes according to very first estimates. This reduction was mainly driven by China, whose production decreased by close to 4%. Paper and board production in Japan, South Korea and the United States has also declined, whilst production in Canada, Russia and several emerging countries (India, Indonesia and Mexico, for instance) increased.

You can download the version to print here

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30 Nov.2018

Policy briefing: decarbonising whilst being recycling pioneer

The challenge: decarbonising whilst being recycling pioneer

SUMMARY FOR POLICY MAKERS

Delivering a circular economy, needs a successful European recycling industry. In September 2017 the European Commission published its “New Industrial Policy Strategy”. One of the key levers to create jobs, boost Europe's competitiveness, foster investment and innovation in clean and digital technologies, whilst “building on Europe's leadership in a low-carbon and circular economy”. The European paper industry fully supports this approach. The industry has already reduced carbon emissions by 26% since 2005, (now accounting for less than 1% of EU GHG emissions), reduced energy consumption by 11%, while increased the share of renewable energies to almost 60% of final energy. The industry delivered a 72.5% paper recycling rate, (making the EU the best performing region in the world) whilst at the same time developing innovative bio-based products.

The full document can be downloaded below.

For more information about the briefing, please contact Nicola Rega, CEPI's Climate Change & Energy Director at n.rega@cepi.org or (+32) 485 403 412.

 

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24 Aug.2018

REDII infographic: pulp & paper production vs burning wood for bioenergy

Pulp & paper production in the industry could create 9.5 times more added value and more than 6 times more jobs than burning wood for bioenergy only. CEPI's new infographic demonstrates how much we benefit from producing pulp & paper (whether industry or value chain) instead of burning wood for bioenergy only (whether production or value chain).

For more information about the infographic, please contact Ulrich Leberle, CEPI's Raw Materials Director at u.leberle@cepi.org.

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