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19 Nov.2019

PRESS RELEASE: European paper industry CEOs declare a strategic interest in supporting the decarbonisation of our society

Climate change is a global crisis that demands urgent action and requires every actor in society to play his/her part in responding to the crisis. Industries have both a duty and an opportunity to become more sustainable, more efficient and more innovative.

“With the help of the new European Green Deal, we can reduce our impact on climate change while increasing production in Europe. Our industry has a strategic interest in being at the forefront of the decarbonisation efforts for 2050” said Ignazio Capuano, incoming Cepi Chairman and CEO of Burgo group taking over from Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso, during Cepi’s annual conference, Paper and Beyond, today in Brussels.

In this spirit, the CEOs representing the European paper industry outlined their plans to reach a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 in a declaration which was officially handed over to Clara De La Torre, Deputy Director-General of DG CLIMA and Timo Pesonen, Director-General of DG GROW, present along with other European Commission representatives.

The way forward finds its foundations in the very solid basis of our existing achievements. We have guaranteed the sustainability of our raw materials, improved the performance of our processes and proven the climate friendliness of our products.

Sustainable raw materials: our raw material is wood pulp, which is intrinsically renewable if coming from properly managed forest sources; this is why we have helped create a number of programmes for the certified sustainability of forests across Europe such as PEFC (Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). We have expanded sustainable forest management practices in Europe and globally.

Decarbonised processes: we have delivered a successful decarbonisation of our operations of 27% from 2005 to date. Our sector is investing at a rate of more than €5 billion per year to decarbonise, with a commitment to making our production processes more efficient and decreasing our overall carbon footprint thanks to new technologies and collaboration with our partners. A step change is ultimately needed and supported by breakthrough technologies and solutions. We are committed to searching for them.

Climate-friendly products: world champions in recycling, we have worked with local authorities to improve separate collection of paper and board to boost the use of recycled fibres in new products. We now plan to push our model even further in a final goal of providing innovative sustainable solutions for a range of new sectors, for example textile, through new bio-based products.

To turn this ambition into reality, we call upon European policymakers to support our efforts by setting an appropriate legislative framework, namely:

  • Improved market access for recyclable and bio-based products, through a coherent product policy and clear framework conditions for the new bioeconomy-related products
  • More support for the sustainable management of forests and recycling schemes: forest-based raw materials should be made more easily available and accessible.
  • A coherent, stable and predictable regulatory framework, with clear milestones for a cost-competitive energy transition, to promote and reward decarbonisation investments and guarantee access to clean energy.

Our final goal is to empower consumers, who will get a larger choice of climate-friendly products that are easily available and affordable.

 

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15 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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18 Feb.2019

REINVEST 2050 in the European Parliament, Strasbourg

 

Previously known as "To our roots and beyond", the second edition of our project REINVEST 2050 was launched with an event (see the video here) in the European Parliament on 12 February in Strasbourg. The exhibition was hosted by Members of the European Parliament Elsi Katainen (ALDE, Finland) and Ludek Niedermayer (EPP, Czech Republic).
It showcased 21 success stories about investments in innovation and ground-breaking technology best practices across the forest fibre industry carried out by 16 different companies based in 12 EU Member States.
The exhibition enabled over 12 MEPs and 20 industry representatives to measure how the pulp and paper industry is making, in practice, the energy and bioeconomy transition happen across Europe today.

 
 


MEP Elsi Katainen emphasized that "both politicians and industry are committed to reduce their CO2 emissions to meet the Paris Agreement objectives".
She mentioned related legislations such as LULUCF, the revised Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Directives, which were discussed and decided during the current European Parliament mandate.



 

In their speeches, MEPs Paul Brannen and Dario Tamburrano focused on the circular bioeconomy:
 

 

"I think there's an opportunity with what you would call the wider bioeconomy to really make some deep inroads into tackling climate change through a shift from making stuff from fossil fuels, into making stuff from wood as a feedstock. Paper is at the heart of that"

 

 

 

 

“Paper is one of the materials which is a great ally in order to build a circular economy

 

 

 

Finally, MEP Anne Sander shed an industrial policy look on the event:

 

 

"Europe is in a leading position but we have to work in a clever way in order to set emission reduction goals that are reachable. It would be dramatic to set emission reduction standards and goals that would be so hard to achieve that they become an incentive for industry to move outside Europe"

 

 

 

The overall concept of REINVEST2050 is to stimulate competition between companies on low carbon solutions in order to create a domino effect and encourage the deployment of innovative solutions.

Is there an innitiative contributing to low-carbon emission societies in your country? Stay tuned and submit your project for the next edition of REINVEST2050.

Please visit our dedicated website for more information about the project and the event here.
All pictures from the event are featured here.

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15 Jan.2019

Renewable Heating in the Pulp and Paper Industry

Renewable Heating in the Pulp and Paper Industry. Assessing potential of innovative solutions will take place on 7 February in CEPI as a part of the European Industry Week 2019.

CEPI, together with the European Heat Pumps Association (EHPA) and Solar Heat Europe, will gather energy experts from the pulp and paper industry and new technology providers' professionals to discuss how and to what extent these innovative solutions could be integrated in our industry.



Policy background

Meeting the EU 2030 climate change and energy targets, in view of the future implementation of the EU long-term strategy, will require a thorough rethinking of the way business operates.
Accessing cost-competitive and carbon neutral energy carriers will be extremely challenging. It is therefore imperative to timely bring to the market innovative solutions that are sustainable from an environmental, economic and social perspective.
The potential to expand the share of renewable heating in industry seems significant, but it remains largely untapped due to several factors. This event is designed to bring together technology providers and technology users, to bridge the knowledge gap and address existing barriers.


The draft agenda is available here.

To attend the event, please confirm your participation to Marjorie Mathieu at m.mathieu@cepi.org.
 

             

 

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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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