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2013 CEPI Sustainability report

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European Paper Week 2014: 25-27 November 2014

 

European Paper Week video wins Applied Arts Design Awards 2013

The teaser video made for European Paper Week won the first prize in the category Motion Design of the Canadian magazine AppliedArts!

 

Paper industry is part of the bioeconomy

Great introduction to the bioeconomy in this European Commission video.
 

 

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Press Release | 27 Jan.2014

BASTA! Enough is enough – the EU needs to get back on track!

European industry unveils campaign in support of Europe’s economic recovery

Following the release of the Industrial Renaissance Communication, CEPI (the Confederation of European Paper Industries) launched today a campaign calling for the EU to put the manufacturing industry at the heart of the European economy. “Basta! Get back on track!” calls for the EU to reduce red tape, help win the global competitiveness race, rethink existing policies and put the focus back on industry.

It intends to show how Industrial Renaissance can be put into practice. To make Europe a better place for manufacturing means creating a legislative environment in which European manufacturers can compete on a level playing field with other manufacturers throughout the world. By ensuring legislation is appropriate, affordable and consistent. Demonstrating where European policy has gone wrong, the Basta! campaign will also highlight where EU policy has been well-implemented to support industry on a national level.

Four elements are part of this campaign:

1. Reduce red tape
The EU managed to create a staggering 2,314 new regulations and directives in 5 years, while producing 700 measures to reduce the amount of red tape that was created.

2. Help win the global competitiveness race
Europe is competing with regions that have lower taxes, lower wages and less strict legislation. The Commission must balance the playing field for European businesses.

3. Rethink existing policies
There is a considerable price gap between the costs for energy in Europe and those in the rest of the world. Words have to be put into practice now to create a level playing field on which European businesses can compete.

4. Focus back on industry
The European Commission needs to bring an industrial competitiveness dimension into EU policies at an early stage and keep in mind the importance of the value chain in manufacturing. Incentivising resource efficiency and innovation and allowing companies to choose their own methods for doing this instead of micromanaging will be more successful, according to CEPI.


Mrs Presas explained: “The Basta! messages are meant for the current Commission and the next one. The campaign seeks to make the Industrial Renaissance more concrete.”


Other industry sectors are invited to join CEPI and several have announced their interest in supporting the campaign, which will run throughout 2014.


For more information, please contact Daniela Haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org, mobile: +32(0)473562936


Note to the Editor

BASTA campaign page: www.getbackontrack.info

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BastaCampaign

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bastagetbackontrack

Youtube channel and video: http://www.youtube.com/user/bastacampaign

Industrial Renaissance Communication: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/initiatives/mission-growth/index_en.htm

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Press Release | 24 Jan.2014

Focus is back on industry in EU policy, but will it work?

The fact that the 2030 Energy and Climate package includes an analysis of energy costs and was published together with the European Industrial Renaissance Communication is a landmark shift in EU policy. The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) interprets this as a signal showing the European Commission is starting to take industrial competitiveness seriously. However, there are still important steps to be taken.

In practice, this new package will not change the competitiveness of industry in the short run. The high pile of documents released by the Commission analyses and promises, but at the end it only proposes one legal act – the change of the EU ETS. In this regard, CEPI welcomes the Commission proposal to keep EU ETS unchanged up to 2020 to give the necessary stability for investments in EU industry. But is this enough?

The Commission finally acknowledged energy prices in Europe are uncompetitive, as electricity costs for industry are twice that of US competitors. It also rightfully recognised the way the EU supported renewable energy was unsustainable. It is now up to EU member states to change this. But more is needed. The gas market needs to be reformed. Energy interconnections between EU member states need to increase urgently.

The impact on European competitiveness of a 40% CO2 reduction target by 2030 for the entire EU economy cannot be underestimated either. The suggested changes by the Commission for industrial sectors will require emission reductions of 43% in 2030, 65% in 2040 and 87% in 2050. The European Council in March needs to assess the feasibility of this package in detail and develop tools that support the deployment of innovative low-carbon solutions in industry. This is especially needed, if no further global action is taken and the EU Economy does not improve.

Additionally, the cost of decarbonising the current power sector - a key challenge - is not addressed. This will most likely increase electricity bills, which the European Commission accepted as being too high already. The EU will have to explore new models of decarbonising the power sector, other than via the carbon price alone.

Specifically related to the European pulp and paper industry, CEPI applauds the long awaited recognition of the negative impact of subsidised bioenergy on EU wood markets. And CEPI welcomes the announcement in the 2030 Energy and Climate package to further explore funding tools for breakthrough technologies.

But the bottom line is: policy needs to be put into practice. “We appreciate the refocus on industrial policy. It is a good sign that the Commission recognises again our role in creating jobs and growth for Europe. However, the proposed measures for an effective industrial policy need to be translated into concrete actions as soon as possible”, said Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General.


For more information, please contact Daniela Haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org, mobile: +32(0)473562936


Note to the Editor

2030 Energy and Climate Package from the European Commission:
http://ec.europa.eu/energy/2030_en.htm

Industrial renaissance Communication:
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/initiatives/mission-growth/index_en.htm

 

 

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Press Release | 08 Jan.2014

Sustainable paper industry leads bioeconomy efforts in Europe

CEPI releases 6th biennial sustainability report

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) launched their latest sustainability report at the European Paper Week in Brussels. The report results verify the exceptional concurrence of sustainability and competitiveness in the European pulp and paper industry. The industry is exemplary in creating value “made in Europe”, focusing on innovation and resource efficiency, while advancing the bioeconomy.

Being resource efficient and reducing raw material consumption makes both sustainable and economic sense. A good example in the European pulp and paper industry is the use of residues from papermaking to produce renewable energy. The industry reduced their CO2 emissions per tonne of product by 43%. Additionally, turning residues from recycling operations into useful products is an interesting illustration of the circular economy. On top of that the European paper recycling rate is at a world record level of 71.7%.

Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, emphasised the importance of the paper industry in Europe: “Our industry is creating value “made in Europe”. As the sustainability report shows more than 82% of our raw materials come from Europe and most of our suppliers are European companies. 23% of our products “made in Europe” are exported to the global market. This unique case should not be taken for granted and we aim at continuous improvement in adverse conditions. “

The European pulp and paper industry is at the core of the bioeconomy, producing not only the original bio-based product that paper is, but also products that replace fossil fuel-based products. In this way, the industry has become a strategic sector in the EU economy, actively. As the crisis has accelerated structural changes in the industry since the last report in 2011, pulp and paper companies have started looking in a systematic way at new business models and new products.

Sustainability is a vision towards a business development based on sustainable practices that address society’s key challenges on a long lasting basis and the paper industry is facing a few challenges ahead. Resource scarcity and climate change are amongst the most critical challenges, in addition to a missing investment friendly environment in Europe that supports jobs and social benefits.

 

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Note to the Editor

Download CEPI’s 6th Sustainability report: http://www.cepi-sustainability.eu/

Video interviews of CEPI Directors on sustainability: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL53E43E5E81A581E8&feature=edit_ok

Sustainability messages summarised (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDSifOUXhX0&feature=c4-overview&list=UU52Y4zM-iRSb22hrUBgvGgQ

 

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Press Release | 07 Jan.2014

Teresa Presas to leave CEPI in May 2014

After 10 years at the helm of CEPI, the Brussels-based Confederation of European Paper Industries, Teresa Presas has decided to leave the organisation at the end of May this year. In the coming months she will ensure a smooth transition of the leadership of CEPI to her designated successor Marco Mensink, who has already worked with Teresa as CEPI’s Deputy Director General for the last two years.

Mrs. Presas commented, "It has been ten years of an enriching experience and of relentless work. In the last years, we have consolidated our organisation, successfully defended its interests and laid out our long-term vision for the sector in the CEPI 2050 Roadmap.
The coming years will be about implementation at the different levels, including the progression of the breakthrough concepts that came out of the Two Team project. Therefore, it is a good moment for me to leave the organisation and move on to another life. I wish my colleague and successor Marco Mensink every success in the future".

During her time as Director General, Teresa forged a strong team of professionals that has taken CEPI to new heights and has proven itself as a very effective player in the Brussels scene.

"Teresa has turned CEPI into a highly credible and constructive partner to the EU institutions that lives up to its members expectations of bringing added value to the European pulp and paper industry. On behalf of the total membership of CEPI I thank Teresa for her hard work and for her legacy and I wish her all the best in her future endeavours” said Gary McGann, newly appointed chairman of CEPI.

“On behalf of all the members I also congratulate Marco Mensink on his appointment as Teresa’s successor as Director General of CEPI on June 1st 2014.”

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Press Release | 06 Jan.2014

Introducing the new CEPI Chairman: Gary McGann, Group CEO of Smurfit Kappa

“The competitiveness of industry needs to be on top of the EU agenda”

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary McGann as its new Chairman. Mr McGann is Group CEO of Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s leading paper-based packaging companies headquartered in Ireland. He commenced as Chairman of CEPI on 1 January 2014, succeeding outgoing chairman, Mr Jussi Pesonen.

 On his appointment, Mr McGann stated that the global competitiveness of Europe remains an issue that needs to be addressed by the EU. “The pulp and paper industry is a leading sector in the bio-economy with a large renewable energy and raw material base. 82% of our raw materials are sourced in Europe and we produce 23% of the world’s pulp and paper products. But our industry – made in Europe – suffers from a lack of a favourable business climate in Europe”, said Mr McGann.

“As Chairman, I will support the CEPI Board and team in its effort to advance European competitiveness. The EU needs to create a complete single market and address areas such as energy policy. There is a need for greater certainty in regulation and creating an environment for industry which is enabling and makes business more efficient and more effective. We must also focus on delivering financial sustainability as much as environmental sustainability for industry in Europe”, added Mr McGann. “I believe CEPI has an important role to play in advancing these issues within the EU and ensuring competitiveness is on the agenda. CEPI and its team has a proven track record of successfully representing the paper industry at the highest level in Brussels and I look forward to working with them in the period ahead”.

Gary McGann became CEO of Smurfit Kappa in November 2002. Mr McGann is also Chairman of Aon Ireland, a director of IBEC (Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation), a director of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a member of the ERT (European Round Table of Industrialists). Mr McGann joined the (then) Jefferson Smurfit Group in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer and he holds a Master’s Degree in Management Science.

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For more information, please contact Daniela Haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org, mobile: +32 (0)473 562 936


Note to the Editor


Smurfit Kappa: Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world, with around 41,000 employees in approximately 350 production sites across 32 countries and with a sales revenue of €7.3 billion in 2012. Smurfit Kappa is operating in 21 countries in Europe and is also the only large scale pan regional player in the Americas, operating in 11 countries in total in North, Central and South America


Website: www.smurfitkappa.com


CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 950 paper mills. Together they represent 23% of world production.

Website: http://www.cepi.org/ mail@cepi.org

 

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Press Release | 12 Dec.2013

CEPI Guidance for revised EN643 published

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) launched a pocket-size guidance document that details the changes in the revised EN643 European List of Standard Grades of Paper and Board for Recycling. The association also announced that they will organise a webinar on the EN643 revision on 19 December 2013.

CEPI advises all organisations and individuals involved in trade with paper and board for recycling, to prepare for the introduction of the updated standard. Many multinational companies are already implementing the new EN643 standard into their IT-systems, such as SAP. The new text includes several major improvements, including a grade-specific tolerance level for non-paper component and more detailed descriptions per grade.

CEPI issued a guidance describing the changes in the updated EN643, whilst national standardisation bodies in Europe are preparing for the official launch early 2014. The guidance was first presented at European Paper Week in English, but will soon be available in German, French, Spanish and Polish. Other languages may follow at a later stage.
Paper industry experts will be available for question and answers at a webinar organised by CEPI on 19 December 2013 at 10 am. During the webinar CEPI staff will describe the changes in the EN643 standard in detail and will allow for enough time to answer all queries.
 

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Note to the Editor
Download EN643 guidance at www.cepi.org/en643

 

 

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Press Release | 11 Dec.2013

Forest-based sector launches children book during European Forest Week

“The Unexpected Forest” features adventures from Spik and Booksy in the forest – a lovely story that describes sustainable forest management and timber use without the usual facts and figures

Four main forest related European associations – namely the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF), the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR), the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), and the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) – published jointly a children book that explains in a carefully scripted story the concept of sustainable forestry and forest industries. They launched the book together with Santa Claus during the European Forest Week in his hometown Rovaniemi, Finland this week.
“Our friend Big Oak is threatened by a great danger!”


The charmingly illustrated booklet entitled “The Unexpected Forest” features Spik the pencil and Booksy the notebook, who go into the wood and discover the secrets of the forest. They realise they are part of a larger cycle, that starts with sustainable forest management. Spik and Booksy meet with the people working in the forest and with forest products and learn that they themselves once came from the forest.

The book was written by Magali De Rijck and beautifully illustrated by Roseline d’Oreye. Published by CEI-Bois, CEPF, CEPI and EUSTAFOR, it is already available in English, French, Swedish and German. It is meant to reach youngsters between the ages of 5-8 years old, to help educate them on the importance of forests and forest products in their daily lives.

Paper copies of this limited edition booklet are available on request.

 


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Note to the editor

European Forest Week, 9-13 December 2013: http://www.fao.org/forestry/efw2013/events/en/
The European Forest Week constitutes events in Rovaniemi and throughout Europe, highlighting the contribution of forests, forest products and services to a green economy. It raises the visibility of the forest sector and the multiple services forests contribute to daily live

CEPF - Confederation of European Forest Owners
European Forestry House
66, Rue du Luxembourg
B-1000 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 2392300
office@cepf-eu.org
www.cepf-eu.org

CEI-Bois - European Confederation of Woodworking Industries
Rue Montoyer 24
BE-1000 Brussels
T: +32 2 556 25 85
info@cei-bois.org
www.cei-bois.org

CEPI - Confederation of European Paper Industries AISBL
250 Avenue Louise, box 80
B-1050 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 627 4911
mail@cepi.org
www.cepi.org

Eustafor - European State Forest Association AISBL
European Forestry House
Rue du Luxembourg 66
1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 239 23 00
office@eustafor.eu
www.eustafor.eu

 

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Press Release | 10 Dec.2013

Paper Industry Applauds European Parliament Decision to Defend Recycling Jobs in Europe

European Commission asked to go back to the drawing board

The European paper industry warmly welcomes today's decision by the European Parliament to block proposed legislation which would have had the effect of classifying waste paper as "recycled" paper before it has been recycled1. This vote in Strasbourg will save more than 20,000 direct green jobs in the paper industry and an estimated additional 140,000 indirect jobs in Europe.

"We are glad to see the European Parliament remembered that the original purpose of defining when something is no longer to be considered a waste was to facilitate recycling not to obstruct it," comments Teresa Presas, Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), on the outcome in Strasbourg. "If this proposal had become law it would also have burdened the global environment with needless additional energy use and emissions. It's a good decision.”

If this legislation had passed, it would have relaxed the EU's waste management rules and triggered a flight of waste paper out of the EU to Asia, pushing up prices in Europe and undermining the quality of waste paper available for the European recycling sector. This in turn would have crippled the world class paper recycling in the EU, the result of years of investment by the paper recycling industry here. Paper recycling in Europe would likely have dropped from about 47 million tonnes per year to 37 million tonnes, leading to closures of mills, including many small and medium-sized operators.

Today, the European Parliament plenary backed the earlier decision of its specialist environment committee to reject the Commission initiative, voting in favour by 606 votes to 77. MEPs insisted that the Commission had not properly assessed the impacts of its draft regulation on paper recycling and in shipments of waste paper to third countries. The Parliament also argued that the proposal was not compatible with the aim and content of the EU's basic framework directive on waste and exceeded the implementing powers conferred on the Commission by that directive - a comprehensive rejection.

In September this year, CEPI temporarily dumped bales of waste paper in front of the Commission's headquarters building in Brussels to draw attention to the problem. Shortly after, the EU member states voting on the issue failed to reach a majority on what to do, leaving it up to MEPs to decide whether or not to send the Commission back to the drawing board.

“We are delighted that the voice of reason has finally emerged," explains Jori Ringman-Beck, CEPI Recycling and Product Director. "We now hope that the Commission's environmental protection department will reflect on the content of this resolution and revise the criteria for determining when used paper is waste and when it's not.”

CEPI is not against defining criteria to determine when used paper ceases to be classified as waste, but maintains that the approach now needs to be fundamentally revisited and aligned with the newer more progressive criteria that the Commission has developed lately for other material streams. In general, the old approach, which was carried over by the Commission into the paper proposal just rejected in Strasbourg, has hardly been implemented in practice - indicating that these measures have not been able to capture what is needed by the market in reality.

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1 Motion for a Resolution on the draft Commission regulation on defining criteria determining when recovered paper ceases to be waste


Note to the Editor

Resolution from the European Parliament:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2009_2014/documents/envi/re/1005/1005273/1005273en.pdf

Official European Parliament reaction: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20131210IPR30409/html/MEPs-veto-paper-waste-proposal-amid-environmental-concerns

More photos: CEPI End-of-waste for paper protest: http://www.cepi.org/photogallery/endofwasteprotest

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Press Release | 29 Nov.2013

European Paper Week – Reinventing Growth

European paper industry focuses on sustainability and innovation

The European pulp and paper industry today concluded its 15th European Paper Week, focusing on sustainability and innovation in the sector under the theme “Reinventing Growth”. Within that context the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) presented its 6th sustainability report and the Two Team Project results. The exciting three-day event brought together over 350 people from the sector, related organisations as well as numerous representatives from the European institutions, providing a high-level platform for discussion.

European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik, welcomed CEPI’s 6th sustainability report and stressed that he is looking forward to the next report in a video message at CEPI’s Annual Meeting. He also sees the paper industry as one of the leading sectors in a circular economy.

The facts speak for themselves, -43% CO2 emissions per tonne of product since 1990, were recorded in the new report and a recycling rate of 71.7%. 65% of wood delivered to European mills is certified and accidents reduced by over 60% in the last 10 years. Recognising the achievements of the sector, former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson told the industry: “Sustainability is modernisation”.

In a panel, CEOs of the paper industry concentrated on the fact that the paper industry is a sustainable sector, stressing that sustainably also means financially viable.

The second part of the Annual Meeting featured European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard. She announced the winning concept of the Two Team Project, which was tasked to identify breakthrough technology concepts for the paper industry in its bid to lower CO2 emissions by 2050. “Global markets for resource and energy efficient solutions will grow. CEPI Roadmap 2050 and the ideas prepared in the Two Team Project show that the European pulp and paper industry is 'technology conscious' and ready for the future challenges. It's an example to be followed by other sectors.” she stressed.

The eight breakthrough technologies identified by the project are a combination of new ideas and of ideas that work in other sectors, but have never been utilised for the paper and pulp sector before. They include some cutting edge research findings as well as innovations that have not yet made it to the market. The solutions are not only found in technology, but also in new ways of working and even changes to the way production is measured today. More importantly, they can open up entirely new product portfolios for the future.

Commenting on the outcome, Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, said: “The results are beyond expectations. We believe the teams have found the key to the largest industrial breakthroughs in decades in our industry. However, the project went as far as any industry sector can go in organising an open innovation and it is up to the companies to take the next step and develop the concepts. This will need new forms of cooperation, and the support of European and national policy makers.“

The European Paper Week this year covered a large variety of topics related to EU policy and experts from different fields were able to debate EU-US trade discussions as well as European standards for paper for recycling and benefits of print media. Additionally, energy issues were discussed and young researchers received the opportunity to present their recent research results to a large audience of industry representatives.

The summary of the proceedings will be available in a few weeks time. The next European Paper Week will take place 25-27 November 2014 in Brussels.

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For more information, graphs or photos contact: Daniela Haiduc, d.haiduc@cepi.org or +32 473 562 936

Video Sustainability facts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDSifOUXhX0

Video message European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKfG0tCI31M&feature=c4-overview&list=UU52Y4zM-iRSb22hrUBgvGgQ

Presentations and Photos available as of Monday, 2 December 2012 at www.cepi.org/epw

About European Paper Week
European Paper Week is one of the most important and respected highlights of the pulp and paper industry calendar. It brings together key players and representatives from across industry, related sectors and the European institutions, providing an annual platform for high-level debate on the issues that really matter to the paper industry. Its success has been reflected in its growing attendance. This year the event took place in the Thon Hotel EU in the centre of Brussels, Belgium.

Twitter: @EUPaperWeek #epw13

CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 950 paper mills. Together they represent 23% of world production.
 

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Press Release | 28 Nov.2013

Breakthrough technologies set to revolutionise paper and pulp industry and provide climate solution

Industry calls for breakthrough technologies to be at the heart of the 2030 climate and energy package.

The European pulp and paper industry has searched for, and now found, breakthrough technology concepts which can enable a competitive future in Europe. The example is a fascinating case study from one of Europe’s energy intensive industries.


The European paper industry supplies a quarter of the global market, employs 185,000 people in 520 companies with a turnover of 75 billion per year.


At this year’s European Paper Week gathering in Brussels, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), unveiled eight concepts for breakthrough technologies that provide solutions which can enable the future of the industry in Europe. Each solution offers opportunity to create value, reduce costs, improve margins, radically change sector operations and allow massive decarbonisation.


In March 2011 the European Commission set a challenging target of -80% CO2 reductions by 2050. In November 2011 the paper industry launched its own 2050 Roadmap that analysed how to achieve this decarbonisation target while increasing value in the sector by 50%. One year later, the industry followed up by launching the Two Team Project which brought together the teams who have developed the eight concepts announced today.


In this year-long competition, two teams comprising of scientists, companies, suppliers and outsiders worked to identify viable concepts that would help the industry achieve its objectives. Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard announced the winning team and winning concept from among the eight finalists. She praised the efforts of the sector: “Global markets for resource and energy efficient solutions will grow. CEPI Roadmap 2050 and the ideas prepared in the Two Team Project show that the European pulp and paper industry is 'technology conscious' and ready for the future challenges. It's an example to be followed by other sectors.”


The winning concept is known as “deep eutectic solvents”. It is a brand new technology which, at low temperatures, breaks biomass down into constituent parts which can then be used in the paper and pulp industries. If utilised at scale this technology could radically change pulp and paper production around the world and replace some of the most energy intensive parts of the current process. Deep eutectic solvents have seen remarkable results at the laboratory scale. In the coming months and years, they will need to be further studied and developed.

Commenting on the outcome of the competition, Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, said: “The results are beyond expectations. While we have announced a winner, we are confident that all the shortlisted concepts have an important role to play. We believe the teams have found the key to the largest industrial breakthroughs in decades in our industry. Now policy must be developed to support the development of these technologies.”


Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, went on to say: “Policymakers once thought targets could be met with existing technology and behavioural change. That is wrong. Breakthrough technologies are needed to meet low carbon targets. Investments in innovation need to focus on breakthroughs, not on incremental growth. CEPI’s Two Team Project perfectly illustrates this”


Little effort is given to developing breakthrough innovations for the manufacturing sectors of tomorrow and industrial and climate policy have left this area untouched.


The Two Team Project went as far as any industry sector can go in organising an open innovation process and providing pre-competitive leads. It is now up to individual companies to take the next step and develop the concepts. This will need new forms of cooperation, and the support of European and national policy makers. The right conditions must be put in place to enable research, pilot, demonstration and investments.


The announcement of the winner will be followed by a seminar on Thursday 28th November in which eight finalists will have an opportunity to present their concepts to European Paper Week attendees.

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Download the full Two Team Project report

The eight breakthrough technologies are a combination of new ideas and of ideas that work in other sectors, but have never been utilised for the paper and pulp sector before. They include some cutting edge research findings as well as innovations that have not yet made it to the market. The solutions are not only found in technology, but also in new ways of working and even changes to the way production is measured today. More importantly, they can open up entirely new product portfolios for the future. They are:

Deep Eutectic Solvents – the winner
A ground-breaking discovery: Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) produced by plants, opens the way to produce pulp at low temperatures and at atmospheric pressure. Using DES, any type of biomass could be dissolved into lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose with minimal energy, emissions and residues. They could also be used to recover cellulose from waste and dissolve ink residues in recovered paper.

Flash condensing with Steam
Waterless paper production? Very nearly. Largely dry fibres would be blasted into a forming zone with agitated steam and condensed into a web using one-thousandth the volume of water used today.

Steam
Using more energy to use less? You read it right. Using the full power of pure steam for superheated steam drying would save energy as most heat could be recovered and recycled. Steam will then be used as fibre carrier for making and forming paper.

Supercritical CO2
Neither gas nor liquid but somewhere in between, Supercritical CO2 (scCO2) is widely used in many applications, to dry vegetable, fruits and flowers, extract essential oils or spices. Suppliers for large consumer items use it to dye textile. Coffee and tea have been decaffeinated with scCO2 since the early 80s. We could use it to dry pulp and paper without the need for heat and steam, and why not dye paper or remove contaminants too, while we’re at it?

100% electricity
Shifting pulp and paper production to energy-efficient technologies using electricity rather than fossil fuel power to generate heat will cut all CO2 emissions as the power sector shifts to renewable energy. The sector would also provide a buffer and storage capacity for the grid, storing energy as hydrogen or pulp.

DryPulp for cure-formed paper
Imagine a papermaking process that uses no water. This is it. Fibres are treated to protect them from shear, and then suspended in a viscous solution at up to 40% concentration. The solution is then pressed out and the thin sheet cured with a choice of additives to deliver the end-product required.

Functional Surface
The key to unlocking greater added value from fewer resources depends on a shift to producing more lightweight products, and selling surface area and functionality rather than weight. Advances in sheet formation and new cocktails of raw materials will lead the way to the lightweight future.

The Toolbox to replicate
What about the great ideas that never make it? Put together a combination of process, material and equipment innovations as a toolbox of stepping stones to 2050 and the pathway becomes clearer, boosting sector and investor confidence.


 

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