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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.
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.
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 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 email@example.com or (+32) 485 403 412.
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is now an associate member of the European Energy Forum (EEF).
The EEF provides a place for knowledge-sharing and open dialogue on energy, climate and other energy-related issues. For over 20 years, this non-profit association enables its members representing all energy-related sectors to meet, get informed and debate in a setting where all views and ideas are welcome. By promoting dialogue and exchange of expertise, the EEF wants to ensure that stakeholders with different perspectives and interests have an occasion to understand each other’s position so as to work together in a constructive way. The discussions and other activities organised by the EEF every month touch upon all issues related to energy, always adapting to new challenges in a fast-changing EU energy system. The programme of activities takes into account the EU political agenda thereby reflecting the work of the European institutions. The EEF is chaired by MEP Jerzy Buzek. It is composed of 34 Active Members (MEPs) and 83 Associate Members from energy and energy-intensive organisations.
Associate membership of the EEF will provide CEPI with a platform to represent the views of its membership in the high-level discussions on energy-related topics and provide a forum to bring to the discussion the European forest-fibre and paper industry's unique position as both an entirely renewable and recycable industry leading on the EU's circular bioeconomy transition.
The European paper industry produces from wood a multitude of value-added products such as paper, carboard and other biobased materials and uses its residues for bioenergy.
With today’s vote the EU has sought to recognise the value of sourcing wood sustainably and preventing subsidies that distort markets and encourage the burning of wood for megawatts.
“The European Parliament realises that there is more value to the circular bioeconomy than turning wood into megawatts” says Sylvain Lhôte, Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).
MEPs have moved in favour of building upon existing sustainable forest management practices in Europe, the so-called “risk-based approach” rather than rendering the regulatory context more complex. At the same time ensuring that the availability of wood is taken into consideration is also a step in the right direction.
They have also sent a strong signal that the recovery of energy from waste must be strictly guided by the waste hierarchy and that the burning of paper-based material, which can be collected seperately and recycled, should be avoided.
The challenge is now in the hands of the Council to ensure that wood is used sustainably and that REDII remains consistent with the EU’s own goals of making the circular bioeconomy a reality in Europe.
Note to editor:
Guaranteeing that wood is sourced from sustainably managed forests and championing a high-performing recycling chain will be critical to securing the quantity and quality of the raw materials the industry uses as it transitions towards the low-carbon circular bioeconomy. Read more on how we can achieve this in the revised version of our ‘Investment Roadmap’.
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