Interview to Jori Ringman in the French Magazine la papeterie by ENP Publishing.
As of January 2020, the new Cepi Chairman is Mr Ignazio Capuano, CEO of the Italian firm Burgo Group Spa and Vice President of the Italian paper manufacturers’ association Assocarta.
Mr Capuano, who holds an Engineering degree and a Master's degree in Economy from the University of New York, has been working for the paper industry since 1991 as general manager of Saffa, CEO of Reno de Medici and presently, since 2016, as CEO of Burgo Group.
He has worked in the utility sector as CEO of RWE Italy, in the banking industry with Manufacturers Hanover Trust of New York (now JP Morgan Chase) and in the strategic consulting sector with KPMG.
“I am proud to take over the presidency of the European paper industry confederation with the recent announcement of the Green New Deal. A great challenge that the paper industry has already welcomed by paving the way for an even more competitive and sustainable production, indicating solutions based on innovation and circularity for a carbon neutral Europe by 2050”, stated Mr Capuano in relation to his election as Chairman of Cepi
“As Cepi Chairman it will be my job to continue the work already started towards the 2050 climate objectives, starting from the environmental results already obtained by the sector, always paying attention to the efficient use of our natural capital. The paper industry has a great environmental history to tell as an example of circular economy and commitment to sustainable development for future generations”, he continued.
Mr Capuano’s mandate will last two years, from 2020 to the end of 2021.
“We wish Ignazio Capuano every success for his time as Chairman and we look forward to working under his leadership to help the European paper industry continue its growth path while staying sustainable and providing solutions for the climate neutral society of 2050”, says Jori Ringman, Director General of Cepi.
The Alliance for a Competitive European Industry (ACEI) that Cepi is a member of, was created 15 years ago to harness the collective intelligence of 11 of Europe’s leading industry sector associations and BusinessEurope.
The ACEI provides a proactive vision to EU policymakers on how to promote the competitiveness of the European industry on a global scale and transform it towards a sustainable and low-carbon future.
The manufacturing industry and its skilled workforce are at the heart of Europe’s prosperity.
ACEI has identified 5 opportunities for the next 5 years how to revitalise Europe's industrial partnership.
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On 4 September, we launched an interactive exhibition Paper Presents (see the video here) to introduce the paper industry to the new Members of the European Parliament. The event took place in the Radisson Red Hotel, Brussels, and gathered national pulp and paper industry associations, MEPs and industry representatives.
Together with our partners, FEFCO, ACE and FEPE, we held a products’ exhibition to illustrate the diversity and future oriented approach of our industry and to showcase the innovative uses of paper -a renewable, recyclable, and responsible product.
The exhibition featured a total of 17 products related to different policy areas, such as circular economy, energy, material substitution, food safety, waste management, public health, and digitalisation. In addition, two digital rooms and Nintendo Labo corner made this event a unique and interactive experience.
CEPI’s Director General, Jori Ringman, emphasized in his key note speech the huge diversity of the products within the paper industry and highlighted that "we all have in common the renewability and the recyclability".
ACE’s Director General, Annick Carpentier, underlined that it is a symbolic action illustrating our commitment to sustainable forest management.
“European Forests have been growing by over 1,500 football pitches every day. CEPI, FEFCO, FEPE and ourselves, we will ensure that a tree is planted on behalf of every one of you “
All pictures from the event are featured here.
The draft programme is available here.