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15 Jul.2019

PRESS RELEASE: European pulp and paper industry creates 2,000 more jobs in 2018

In 2018, CEPI members produced 92.2 million tonnes of paper and board, keeping the same level of production than in 2017, and benefiting from a healthy economic environment.
 
Our 2018 data confirms the longstanding trend of increased production in packaging, hygiene and speciality paper sectors while graphic paper continues to decline, following the demand reduction.
 
For the first time since 1990s, the sector opened 9 new mills and created 2,000 more jobs with a total increased turnover of +3%.
CO2 emissions from operations are steadily going down while the production of paper and board remained stable which illustrates the significant industry investments in decarbonisation technologies and increased energy efficiency. We have demonstrated how the industry is actively taking responsibility in reducing its carbon emissions, as well as playing a leading role in providing bio-based alternatives to carbon-intensive products in our REINVEST 2050 project.
 
Exports of paper and board products are growing, especially to North America, with 20.6 million tonnes in total, +1.1% compared to 2017 and imports are going up by 3.3%. Europe remains a net exporter and the number one exporting area in the world.
 
Our commitment to the circular economy remains stronger than ever with paper for recycling utilisation on the rise, i.e. the volumes recycled in European mills for reprocessing, keeping the fibres longer in the loop.
 
However, the 2018 recycling rate, i.e. proportion of the paper and board consumption that has been recycled, is slightly down from 72.4% to 71.6% due to trade flows, namely a significant export erosion of paper for recycling (-6.1%).
 
“Our 2018 Key Statistic report demonstrates once again that our industry is fast-transforming, creating jobs and believing in its capacity to grow in Europe putting into practice a true circular bioeconomy model ” said Jori Ringman, CEPI Director General.
 
For more information, please consult our latest market data here
 
For further information, please contact Ariane Crêvecoeur, CEPI Statistics Manager at a.crevecoeur@cepi.org
For press-related enquiries, please contact Claire Couet, CEPI Public Affairs & Communications Director at c.couet@cepi.org 
 
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25 Jun.2019

Blue Sky Young Researchers & Innovation Award Europe 2019: Call for applications!

Researchers carrying out projects in a wide range of activities relevant to forest-based science, products using forest-based raw materials, process improvements or other innovations throughout the value chain are invited to submit their application for the Blue Sky Young Researchers & Innovation Award Europe 2019 by 30 September 2019 (see eligibility criteria here below).

From November 2012 onwards, CEPI, the European Confederation of Paper Industries, decided to give more visibility to research and innovation in the paper sector, but also to focus on the part that young researchers play today and are expected to play tomorrow in building the future of the sector.

The award is about research and development; it is also about inspirational innovation for a sector moving towards revealing the bioeconomy potential.

The contest will identify 8 remarkable candidates of which 3 finalists will receive the award and be automatically eligible to the global contest organised by the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) with a chance to join the prestigious ICFPA Blue Sky Award ceremony in 2021.

All shortlisted candidates will be offered a two day trip to Brussels (accommodation & travel) to join the award ceremony that will take place at CEPI annual conference, Paper & Beyond on 19-20 November 2019 in Marriott Hotel Grand Place.

 


 

On top of the round trip to Brussels, the shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity to:

- publically present their research in front of 200 conference participants

- network with an exclusive group of industry CEOs

- attend a personalised public speaking training with an experienced English mother tongue coach

- publish their work via our knowledge partner, the Forest Policy & Economics journal!

Forest Policy and Economics, our knowledge partner for the 2019 award edition, is a leading European scientific journal that publishes peer-reviewed policy and economics research relating to forests, forested landscapes, forest-related industries, and other forest-relevant land uses. All shortlisted candidates will be automatically invited to submit a dedicated contribution* to FP&E Editor in Chief.

 

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must:

- Have an idea that could revolutionise the paper & forest fibre industry

- Be under 35 years of age

- Currently be working under the supervision of a European research institute or university (however, EU citizenship is not a necessary condition)

- Be fluent in English, with good oral presentation skills

Applications

The procedure is simple: fill in the online form here, including your CV, a supporting letter and a short two-minute video of yourself explaining the project (in English).

Don’t miss your chance to apply!
 

Deadline: 30 September, 2019.

*Submissions to the journal are prepared as Commentary – Policy Forum articles (max. 3000 words) and in accordance with FP& E aims and scope.

 

 

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17 Jun.2019

PRESS RELEASE: Jori Ringman becomes Director General of CEPI

CEPI, the European association representing the forest fibre and paper industry, announces that Jori Ringman has unanimously been appointed by the CEPI Board as successor to Sylvain Lhôte at the helm of the Brussels-based organisation.

“I am honoured to be entrusted the role of leading a team of great professionals, representing a sector with fascinating potential. The growing demand for sustainable, recyclable products is increasing the importance of fibre-based products in a wide range of sectors. The European paper industry will enable the EU economy to transform itself and become a more sustainable and resilient society” said Jori Ringman, newly appointed Director General of CEPI.
He added “I am proud to take on this challenge and look forward to helping advance sustainability, innovation and opportunities for pulp and paper sector companies and workers across Europe.”
Kalle Sundström, CEPI Chairman and CEO of Stora Enso: “In this challenging time, with the sudden and unexpected death of Sylvain Lhôte, I am glad to be able to count on the experience and competence of Jori Ringman to efficiently deliver on what has been prepared by the CEPI team over the last months, and continue to shape the strategic presence of our industry at EU level.”
Note to editor:
 
 
Jori Ringman is an expert in sustainability, environment, circular economy and consumer protection. In 2016 he was appointed Deputy Director General of CEPI.
Prior to joining CEPI as Recycling Director in February 2005, he was a civil servant in the European Commission. He has also worked in the European Parliament Environment Committee as a political advisor (1999 – 2004), as a journalist and editor in Finland, and as Secretary General of a parliamentary group in the Finnish National Parliament in Helsinki.
Mr. Ringman has a background in Economics, Econometrics and Business Management and broad experience in communications, public administration and politics. He also holds an MSc in Environmental Decision-making.
 
 
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07 Jun.2019

Sylvain Lhôte

The secretariat of CEPI has the great regret to inform you about the sudden and unexpected death of our Director General, Sylvain Lhôte, French national, aged 51, on Thursday 6 June 2019 from heart failure.
Sylvain was the Director General of CEPI since 2016, he brought a strong leadership to the organisation, reforming the way of working, focusing on building efficient working tools and processes, encouraging synergies and increased communication among colleagues and value chain partners. He was instrumental in outlining a strategy for the future of the industry in order to successfully go through major transformations related to tackling climate change and leveraging the potential of the bioeconomy.
Sylvain brought 25 years of government and public affairs expertise, working with leading material technology and manufacturing industries on climate and energy policies, sustainability and industrial affairs, as well as competition and international trade issues.
 
 
Prior to joining CEPI, Sylvain was Vice-president Governmental Affairs and Business Development in the EMEA Region for Alcoa, the aluminium and metals engineering group. He previously directed EU and sustainability affairs for the Borealis Group, in the base chemicals and plastics industry. He also chaired FleishmanHillard’s Public Affairs practice in Europe and headed its environment department, advising major trade associations and industries in the field of sustainability policies and PA strategies.
It is with sadness and silence that we are mourning Sylvain. His sense of humour, charisma, endless creativity, strategic thinking and tenacity in defending his points will be greatly missed. He was married to Florence and the father of two children, Romain and Julie. Our thoughts are with them, their family and loved ones.
Given the exceptional circumstances, Jori Ringman, CEPI’s Deputy Director General, has been appointed as CEPI’s Acting Director General with immediate effect.
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12 Apr.2019

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

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.

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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09 Apr.2019

PRESS RELEASE: Paper and Board industry helps demonstrate safety of its materials in food contact applications

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.
This technical document, first published in 2010 and updated in 2012, outlines how to meet the highest safety standards for paper and board products used in food contact applications. The processing chain for paper and board food contact articles is diverse; it has to deal with many challenges in demonstrating the safety of materials: 
 
"Our sectors’ key priority is to safeguard - at all times - the safety both of the packaging system and food that we deliver. With the Food Contact Guidelines, we wish to provide an effective compliance tool in line with the EU Framework Regulation on Food Contact Materials by ensuring an efficient exchange of information along the supply chain” explained Jori Ringman, Deputy Director General at CEPI and expert in product safety. 
 
The guidelines take into account the increasing need for a compliance monitoring tool that covers risk management, product design, material selection, Good Manufacturing Practice as well as process monitoring and control.
In the absence of specific EU legislation covering paper and board products in the field of food safety, the industry took the initiative to fill the gap by developing this guidance which serves both industry and consumers, also from an environmental point of view:
 
“The lack of a specific EU wide measure for paper and board, including tissue, has created a disadvantage in the market because compliance for these materials is perceived to be less clear than for plastics in contact with food. Whenever the European Commission decides to choose paper and board as its next priority for regulation, the guidelines could be used as a starting point” concluded Angelika Christ, Secretary General of FEFCO.
 
From a practical point of view, the guidelines help producers fulfill obligations deriving from EU legislation and support suppliers to adequately perform their own compliance work by giving them the required and necessary information.
 
Since their launch in 2010, the guidelines have gained much support among users and well proved their value: watch our explanatory video to learn more!
 
The paper and board industry will continue to focus on ensuring compliance with existing EU provisions and supporting the demand of the market and customers for unquestionable product safety.
 
For press-related enquiries, please contact Claire Couet, CEPI Public Affairs and Communications Director, at c.couet@cepi.org or at (+32) 2 627 49 15. For technical information, please contact Jori Ringman, CEPI Deputy Director General, at j.ringman@cepi.org or at (+32) 2 627 49 19 or visit the following websites:

ACE - The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment provides a European platform for beverage carton manufacturers Tetra Pak, SIG Combibloc and Elopak and their paperboard suppliers in Europem, Stora Enso and BillerudKorsnäs, to benchmark and profile cartons as renewable, recyclable and low carbon packaging solutions. Engaging with stakeholders and partners seeking high environmental stewardship, it contributes expertise to EU policy, legislation and standard‐setting.
 
CCB - CEPI Container Board is a European industry association of producers of corrugated case materials, also called containerboard. Activities are focused on primary-fibre materials (kraftliner, semi-chemical fluting) and recycled-fibre containerboard (e.g. testliner). Members thus represent a total European production capacity of more than 28 million tons of corrugated case materials. CCB is also responsible for the management of a global containerboard industry organisation, the World Containerboard Organisation, has an office in Brussels, Belgium, and a membership of leading producers in North and South America, South Africa, Oceania and Japan.
 
CITPA - Confederation of International Converters of Paper and Board in Europe, established in 1961, represents the interests of the European Paper and Board Converting Industry which covers a wide variety of converted paper products including packaging, beverages cartons, corrugated board, speciality papers and many more. CITPA membership comprises European level associations such as ACE, EUROSAC, FEFCO, Euro Wax Pack, FINAT, ECTA and ECMA as well as national federations such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Portugal and associate members, ProCarton, PaperImpact and CepiEurokraft.
 
ECMA – European Carton Makers Association, is the official organisation for carton businesses, national carton associations and suppliers to the carton industry. ECMA provides the European folding carton industry with a dynamic business network. With its seat in The Hague, The Netherlands, and an office in Brussels, ECMA represents around 500 carton producers in nearly all countries in the European Economic Area. ECMA members account for around 70% of the total carton market volume in Europe, and a current workforce of about 50.000 people.
 
ETS - European Tissue Paper Industry Association’s members represent the majority of tissue paper producers throughout Europe and around 90% of the total European tissue production. ETS was founded in 1971 and is based in Brussels.
 
FEFCO - European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers represents the interests of the European Corrugated Board Manufacturers. Headquartered in Brussels, FEFCO has 17 association members, all European national corrugated packaging organisations. The role of the Federation is to investigate economic, financial, technical and marketing issues of interest to the corrugated packaging industry, analyse all factors which may influence the industry, and promote and develop its image.

 

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08 Apr.2019

PRESS RELEASE: FEFCO takes on EPRC chairmanship

The European Paper Recycling Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Angelika Christ as the new chair for a two years period starting as of 4 April 2019, taking over from Lisa Kretschmann (FEPE).
Angelika Christ has been the Secretary General of FEFCO since 2007 and the Secretary General of CITPA since 2014.

She has been involved in associations of corrugated board manufacturers for over 20 years, first in Germany and then at the European level. Prior to FEFCO, she was the Managing Director of the German Association of Corrugated Board Industries (VDW) from 1996 until 2007. Her first professional experience was with the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), where she executed various positions from 1980-1996.

During her two years mandate as chair of the EPRC, Angelika Christ will pursue the following:
 

"The EPRC has been very successful in bringing all parties together, develop recyclability guidelines for printed graphic paper and boosting recycling of all papers. We will continue this work and support the industry efforts to further improve the recyclability of paper packaging on the market. Paper packaging is a recycling champion. We need to intensify our communication and increase the public awareness about the great recyclability of paper packaging”.

 

For further information, please contact Ulrich Leberle, Secretary of the EPRC and CEPI Raw Materials Director at u.leberle@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 2 627 49 23.

For press related enquiries, please contact Claire Couet, CEPI Public Affairs and Communications Director at c.couet@cepi.org or at (+32) 2 627 49 15.

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07 Mar.2019

The European forest-based value chain issues position on forest management and sustainable investments

In the context of the European Commission’s work on developing a classification system for sustainable investments, CEPI and the European organisations representing the European forest-based bioeconomy value chain have issued a joint statement on the role of forest management in the proposed taxonomy regulation.

The statement notably addresses the value of sustainable and active forest management for climate mitigation as part of the on-going review carried by the European Commission experts group. The co-signing organizations are the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR), the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF) The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), the European Farmers and European Agri-Cooperatives (COPA COGECA), the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) and Bioenergy Europe.

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

 

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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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04 Feb.2019

PRESS RELEASE: Forest stakeholders call for a stronger EU Forest Strategy

Forest stakeholders call for a stronger EU Forest Strategy to reach United Nations and Paris Agreement goals

Last December, the Commission published a progress report on the implementation of the EU Forest Strategy, discussed by the European Parliament in January. This report comes at a time when forests and the forest-based sector are recognised as essential players in responding to major societal and environmental challenges. In a round table organised on 4th February, the European forest-based sector conveyed a joint and clear message: an updated and stronger EU Forest Strategy is needed to ensure that in the coming decades forest-related EU policies are better coordinated and endorse sustainable forest management and the multifunctional role of forests in a consistent way.

Forests and the forest-based sector are increasingly expected to deliver on recent and coming horizontal and sectoral EU policies (e.g: the Renewable Energy Directive; the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy; the LULUCF Regulation; the future Common Agricultural Policy; Sustainable Investments). A coalition of forest and forest-based sector associations have brought together around 60 representatives from EU institutions, the Romanian Presidency of the Council, research and stakeholders to exchange views on the future of the EU Forest Strategy and to explore possible ways forward to strengthen sustainable forest management in EU forest-related policies.

During the discussion, several stakeholders highlighted that the Commission progress report refrains from making concrete recommendations for the post 2020 period and reiterated their call for an updated and stronger EU Forest Strategy to provide consistency among EU policies.

Mr Ionel Popa, a representative of the Romanian Presidency, indicated that the Council is working on its conclusions on the progress report that will also cover the role of the EU Forest Strategy beyond 2020.

Ms Jytte Guteland, Member of the European Parliament, stated that “the EU Forest Strategy should help to develop common ideas on sustainable forest management in order to ensure consistency when working on EU policies dealing with forests”.

Mr Nils Torvalds, Member of the European Parliament commented: “Forestry can play a great role in achieving climate change objectives, but it can’t do this alone.”

 

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

 

 

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