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12 Dec.2012

Darmstadt University analysis: packaging is not responsible for mineral oils found in chocolate from advent calendars

The German consumer organisation Stiftung Warentest published test results according to which most chocolates in 24 tested advent calendars in Germany contained mineral oil hydrocarbon residues. Stiftung Warentest also mentioned recycled cardboard packaging as the source of those residues. An analysis of the Technical University Darmstadt published today, shows that this conclusion is not appropriate.


The Paper Technology and Mechanical Process Engineering Unit of the Technical University in Darmstadt obtained each of the 24 calendars tested by Stiftung Warentest to conduct an analysis on the fibre content of the calendars. This is a standard test that Darmstadt University conducts on a regular basis. The results show clearly that 23 out of the 24 calendars tested are made of virgin fibre, only one contained recycled fibre.


The broad statement from Stiftung Warentest that mineral oil hydrocarbons in the chocolate of their tested advent calendars originates most likely from the recycled cardboard packaging is questionable and cannot be correct. The source is not the cardboard used in the calendars.


There are several possibilities of how mineral oils can get into chocolate. The root cause for this still needs to be determined. As potential sources Darmstadt University listed additives and processing chemicals used during food production and other packaging materials (e.g. plastic trays) as well as potential contamination during transportation and storage.


As a precautionary measure the paper-based fibre chain has implemented several voluntary actions on this issue, taking a pro-active and innovative action to solve the case. The industry has also developed self-regulation: Industry Guideline for Food Contact Materials and a guidance on GMP (Good Manufacturing Practise) to ensure a consistent European production of safe food packaging.

Note to the Editor

For more information, please contact: Eugenio Cavallini, CEPI Technical Manager, at e.cavallini@cepi.org / tel. +32 2 627 49 25 or Jori Ringman-Beck, CEPI Recycling, Product & Environment Director, at j.ringman-beck@cepi.org / tel. +32 2 627 49 19.

Sources

Industry Guideline: http://www.cepi.org/topics/foodcontact/publications/Industryguidelineissue2
Stiftung Warentest: http://www.test.de/Adventskalender-mit-Schokoladenfuellung-Mineraloel-in-der-Schokolade-4471436-0/
BfR: http://www.bfr.bund.de/de/presseinformation/2012/41/mineraloele_in_schokolade_und_anderen_lebensmitteln_sind_unerwuenscht-132174.html (German)
http://www.bfr.bund.de/en/press_information/2012/41/mineral_oils_are_undesirable_in_chocolate_and_other_types_of_food-132211.html (English)
The German Environment Protection Agency, Umweltbundesamt: http://www.umweltbundesamt.de/uba-info-presse/2012/pd12-047_mineraloelrueckstaende_in_adventskalendern_sind_vermeidbar.htm 

Original press release from Darmstadt University

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10 Dec.2012

Intergraf takes on ERPC chairmanship

The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Beatrice Klose as next chairperson. Ms Klose is the Secretary General of Intergraf - the European Association representing print and digital communications, one of the member organisations of the ERPC. She started her ERPC chairmanship on 1 January 2013 and will keep the position until end 2014.

The ERPC was set up after the successful launch of the first ‘European Declaration on Paper Recovery’ as an industry own-initiative in November 2000 with the aim to monitor the progress made towards meeting the targets set out in the European Declaration. In 2011 the industry committed itself to meet and maintain a voluntary paper recycling rate target of 70% in EU 27 plus Switzerland and Norway by 2010, which is higher than in any other region in the world, and to pursue qualitative targets in areas such as waste prevention, ecodesign, and research and development.

“The ERPC has been very successful in boasting paper recovery and recycling rates and in improving the quality of paper for recycling in Europe. I intend to continue this line of work and to preserve the valuable contribution of the value chain to green growth and job creation in Europe”, said Ms Klose.

Ms Klose is 43 years old, of German origin and graduated with a double degree from the University of Osnabrück and the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Poitiers. Beatrice has lived and worked in Germany, the US, France and Belgium. Prior to her work at Intergraf she worked for the German company Mannesmann in their liaison office in Brussels.

For more information, please contact the ERPC Secretariat, Jori Ringman, at +32 2 627 49 19, erpc@cepi.org or visit www.paperforrecycling.eu

Notes to Editor:

ERPC monitors the progress of the European Declaration openly and transparently and coordinates the joint work to achieve the set targets. Additionally, ERPC coordinates the commitments of all the Signatories and Supporters.

Members of ERPC are CEPI, CITPA, ERPA, ETS, INGEDE, INTERGRAF, FEPE. Supporters include the EASDP, EuPIA, FEICA, FINAT, RADTECH Europe. The European Commission, DG Environment and DG Enterprise, are permanent observers of the ERPC.
 

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03 Dec.2012

Biomass supply policy is needed to meet increasing fuelwood demand

In a newsrelease Eurostat mentioned on Thursday that ‘a possible further increase in the demand for fuelwood would be sustainable’, due to the fact that sustainable forest management ensures a growing forest in Europe. Whilst the arithmetics of Eurostat are correct, the economics of biomass markets challenge the Eurostat statement, which is why the European pulp and paper industry is calling for a biomass supply policy.


Forest biomass that is easily accessible has long been used and developed by foresters, wood, pulp and paper industries. The remaining forest resources are mostly located in very small and scattered private properties or in areas that are difficult to access, hence making the mobilisation of such biomass more difficult and less cost competitive. To gain access to such resources an ambitious biomass supply policy is required, which includes financial incentives to increase mobilisation. For the moment, it is still cheaper to import wood pallets from overseas (e.g. Canada) for energy production rather than mobilising certain categories of forest biomass in Europe.


At a moment when the ministers are discussing both the Multiannual Financial Framework and the future CAP, opportunities to design ambitious biomass supply policies in the EU are within reach.


But mobilisation is not enough. A study on ‘Wood flows in EU27’ shows that the development of energy from biomass should only be considered when applying a "cascading approach", a principle that aims at promoting the most efficient use of natural resources, while optimizing value creation, ideally first for food, then products and finally for energy. The infographic shows that the cascading factor for paper is 2.38, meaning that due to recycling and the use of waste and by-products in the pulp and paper industry, 1 m3 of wood creates products worth 2.38 m3 of wood.


This is resource efficiency at its best.

For more information, please contact Daniela haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org, mobile: +32 473 562936

Note to the Editor

Eurostat press release: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/5-29112012-AP/EN/5-29112012-AP-EN.PDF

Infographic – efficient use of wood http://www.cepi.org/node/12755

Full study – Wood flows in EU27 http://digibook.digi-work.com/Digibooks.aspx/Get/cepi/798/CEPIWoodFlowsinEurope2012pdf

Resource efficiency: How to make best use of our natural resources? http://www.cepi.org/node/12751

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15 Nov.2012

European Paper Industry - Enabling the bio-economy

The European pulp and paper industry today concluded its 14th European Paper Week, focusing on the implementation of the CEPI 2050 Roadmap for a low-carbon bio-economy. Within that context CEPI presented the Two Teams’ Project, aiming at pushing innovation in the industry to achieve the goals set out in the Roadmap.
 

Addressing the recently published Communication for an Industrial Policy for Europe, CEPI launched its publication “The Future has begun” outlining the pulp, paper and board industry’s contribution to reinvigorate European industry.
 

This year also marked the 20th anniversary of the association.


The three-day event brought together over 330 people from the sector, related organisations as well as representatives from the European institutions, providing a high-level platform for discussion.
 

At a moment when the European Institutions are working on finalising the Horizon 2020 proposal, defining its new research allocations and rules, CEPI organised a densely packed Annual Meeting on the “European Paper Industry – Enabling the Bioeconomy”.


”As well as reinforcing Europe's science base, Horizon 2020 will support industrial leadership, with actions to make Europe a more attractive place for businesses to invest in research and innovation. It will also help tackle important societal challenges like resource efficiency and the bio-economy“, commented Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, in her video message. In a panel, CEOs of the paper industry, the chemical sector and the financial world, exchanged views about the transformation path of the paper sector through the implementation of the CEPI 2050 Roadmap. ”In 2050 the forest fibre industry, will be at the heart of the bio-economy. We have a road, we have a roadmap - now let’s drive”, stated Jussi Pesonen, CEPI Chairman and CEO of UPM-Kymmene.
 

The plenary event also saw contributions from Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General at DG Enterprise, European Commission, who introduced the audience to the “new industrial revolution in Europe”; and Judith Merkies, Member of the European Parliament, who explained the position of the European Parliament on Horizon 2020.


“The Commission must put on sectoral lenses and look at the most coherent measures to realign Europe’s industry with the needs for wealth and jobs creation. With 25% of the global market, and exporting 20% of its production, our industry has its raw material base in Europe, its suppliers are large European companies, and it is actively organising innovation for new products and business models. All these are elements that put us in a central position to participate in the European economy recovery. But, we need facilitating policies and political attention”, said Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General in her presentation addressing the fact that Europe’s industry needs investor confidence.


A young researchers’ panel concluded the annual event of the European paper industry, bringing forward their work in finding solutions towards the CEPI 2050 Roadmap.
The key conclusion of the gathering is that the European Paper Industry walks the talk and ticks all the boxes included in the EU proposal for a new industrial revolution, in the “Communication on an Industrial Policy for Europe.”
 

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10 Oct.2012

Strengthening EU Industrial Policy: time to gear up!

The EU Commission’s Industrial Policy Communication was launched today and is warmly welcomed by CEPI – the Confederation of European Paper Industries. The expectations from the paper industry are high, in a time of economic crisis and political and financial uncertainty, in which a clear direction is needed.

We call upon Vice President Tajani to implement a strong industrial policy, integrating other policies in a coherent way, and shaping them to reverse the current trend of de-industrialisation, shrinking investments and industrial employment contraction.

The paper industry has a clear strategy to develop its own competitive advantages and strengths. By using natural and renewable raw materials, creating record recycling rates, using its knowledge of the value chain, utilising new business models such as industrial symbiosis and by setting a vision for resource efficiency in the CEPI 2050 Roadmap, the paper industry is already part of the new industrial revolution described in the EU Communication. It also ticks off all the boxes for the bio-economy, with the potential to deliver bio-based products, rightly highlighted as an important focus area in the communication.

The paper industry is supplying the European market, and at the same time has one fourth of the global market share. Paper is “made in Europe” as 91% of its raw materials are sourced in Europe and its suppliers are large European companies. But a number of policies and practices are putting the raw material supply at risk and a robust and consistent policy approach is needed in this area.

Investment in new technologies and innovation are of paramount importance. “We, the paper industries, believe that one size does not fit all. We are starting our own work on breakthrough technologies that will allow our factories to release resources that can be invested in new added value products” said Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General. “The communication on EU Industrial Policy must be more than an update. It has to set the grounds for sector specific policies”. The support for the Bio-based industries Public Private Partnership is a clear sign of direction, which is appreciated by CEPI.

No long-term growth and sustainability goals can be achieved without industry. Industry is a real partner to contribute to growth and jobs in Europe, provided it gets the right legislative pro-investment environment. Only coherent, stable, competitiveness proofed policies and legislation, taking into account business values, investment cycles and the strategic importance of value chains can reset virtuous conditions to manufacture in Europe.

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

Note to the Editor

European Commission Industrial Policy press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/12/1085&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en


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 1000 paper mills. Together they represent 25% of world production.
Website: http://www.cepi.org/

Twitter @EuropeanPaper

Email: mail@cepi.org

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09 Oct.2012

European Paper Recycling in 2011 at 70.4%


The European paper recycling rate reached an impressive 70.4% as announced today by the ERPC (European Recovered Paper Council) in their annual monitoring report. The report shows that the total amount of paper collected and recycled in the paper sector remains
stable at 58 million tonnes, the same as in the previous years, but with an increase of 18 million tonnes since 1998, the base year for the first voluntary commitment the paper value chain set itself for increasing recycling in Europe. Since 2000 the recycling rate has increased by 18%-points due in part to the excellent work of the ERPC.

A new reporting format includes more indicators in addition to the volumes and recycling rate. For example, the number of European countries exceeding a 70% recycling rate going up to 13, whereas 12 EU countries still have under 60% recycling rates for paper, indicating further potential for increasing paper recycling in Europe. The number of cycles a paper fibre goes through in the loop reached, on average, 3.4 (compared to the global average of 2.4). µ

In addition to the quantitative progress, a lot of qualitative work has been done to establish an ecodesign towards improved recyclability and in the area of waste prevention. The results include pioneering work to give recycling solid and scientific support, such as the adoption of scorecards to assess the recyclability of paper-based products.


For more information, please contact Daniela Haiduc, Communications Manager, +32 2 627 49 15, +32 473 562936 (mobile) d.haiduc@cepi.org or ERPC Secretariat, Jori Ringman-Beck, at +32 2 627 49 19, +32 478 255070 (mobile) erpc@cepi.org or visit www.paperforrecycling.eu

Notes to Editor:
• 2011 ERPC Monitoring Report: http://www.paperforrecycling.eu/publications/erpc-publications
• The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) was set up after the successful launch of the first ‘European Declaration on Paper Recovery’ as an industry own-initiative in November 2000 with the aim to monitor the progress made towards meeting the targets set out in the European Declaration. In 2011 the industry committed itself to meet and maintain a voluntary recycling rate target of 70% in EU 27 plus Switzerland and Norway by 2010, which is higher than in any other region in the world, and qualitative targets in areas such as waste prevention, ecodesign, and research and development. ERPC monitors the progress of the European Declaration openly and transparently and coordinates the joint work to achieve the set targets. Additionally, ERPC

- coordinates the commitments of all the Signatories and Supporters.
- takes steps to improve the quality of the information available.
- discusses all relevant matters regarding the successful operation of the European
Declaration.
- coordinates public information on the achievements of the European Declaration.
- produces annual reports.
 

Members of ERPC are CEPI, CITPA, ERPA, ETS, INGEDE, INTERGRAF, FEPE. Supporters include the EASDP, EuPIA, FEICA, FINAT, RADTECH Europe. The European Commission, DG Environment and DG Enterprise, are permanent observers of the ERPC.

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24 Sep.2012

Revision of the industry guideline for food contact compliance


CEPI, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, and CITPA, the Confederation of Paper and Board Converters in Europe, have revised their Industry Guideline for the compliance of paper and board materials and articles for food contact.

The purpose of the Industry Guideline is, in the absence of a specific measure for paper and board, to enable manufacturers of paper and board materials and articles intended for food contact to demonstrate compliance with the Framework Regulation, (EC) No 1935/2004. The Guideline is however offered only as voluntary guidance for operators in the industry and there is no intention to replace existing national legislation, which will always take precedence.


Paper manufacturing companies, representing around 50% of the European production of packaging grades, and 20 major converting companies covering a large share of the European paper-based packaging production implemented the Industry Guideline during 2010, the first year of its publication. Many other papermakers and converters are in the process of adopting it in their operations. A further survey of the continuing uptake of the Guideline is foreseen in the coming months following the publication of this revised version. When the Industry Guideline was conceived, relatively frequent revisions were foreseen to take account of developments. The specific aspects covered in this first revision are:

- the publication of the new CEPI Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
- the coming into force of Commission Regulation on plastic materials and articles
intended to come into contact with food, (EC) No 10/2011)
- the update of German Recommendation on paper and board for food contact (BfR
Rec. XXXVI) ,and
- the concerns over the presence of mineral oil hydrocarbons in food


The revision has been made by the same process as the first issue through the work of a Cross Industry Group. The Group will continue its monitoring activity of the sector and the collection of inputs to be taken into account for further revisions. “The paper and board industry has envisaged its Guideline as a moving document which needs to be updated. This is the challenge we have adopted within the industry, supplying safe products and demonstrating compliance with relevant legislation”, said John Swift, Chair of the Cross Industry Group responsible for drafting the Industry Guideline.


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11 Sep.2012

No paper without skilled, healthy and safe people

Today, CEPI and industriAllEurope launched a good practice report on health and safety in the European paper industry at a conference in Germany. CEPI – the Confederation of European Paper Industries – and industriAllEurope – the European Trade Union Federation – worked jointly on this new report compiling a set of 22 exemplary practices that were collected from members under the auspices of the paper sector social dialogue, funded with the support of the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

“In both our organisations - CEPI and industriAllEurope - we believe in the merits of awareness raising and sharing experiences. We hope that this report will be one of the reference tools for health and safety managers in the European paper industry. It should contribute to the indispensable effort to reduce health and safety risks at work in the sector on the route to “zero accidents”, said Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General.

The good practice report addresses different types of pulp and/or paper mills and the health and safety issues they may carry, as well as various kinds of activities (daily operation, transport and handling, maintenance) and can in most cases be adapted and transposed. The good practices included in the report are not exhaustive, but the report paves the way to identify more practices to be shared. It also illustrates the benefits of constructive co-operation towards a common goal.

“Producing pulp and paper in Europe requires the use of a wide range of resources, of which ‘people’ are the most important”, mentioned Jorma Rusanen from industriAllEurope in his presentation. ”We both - industriAllEurope and CEPI - invite our members to use and discuss the proposed practices. We also invite other industries to read the report and adapt the good practices to their own circumstances.”

This report is part of the EU-OSHA campaigns towards healthier and safer workplaces. It will be distributed to all pulp and paper mills in Europe.


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For more information, interview or picture requests, please contact Daniela Haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org or +32 26 27 49 15


Note to the Editor


Link good practice report: http://www.cepi.org/publications/socialaffairs/GoodpracticesEN
Conference webpage: http://hspaper.eventbrite.com
Conference photos and presentations: http://www.cepi.org/socialaffairs/healthandsafetyreport
EU-OSHA campaigns: http://www.healthy-workplaces.eu/en/
Social Dialogue: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=480&langId=en


CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit making organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing this industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Its collective expertise provides a unique source of information both for and on the industry; coordinating essential exchanges of experience and knowledge among its members, and with the industry stakeholders. 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 1000 paper mills. Together they represent 25% of world production.

Website: www.cepi.org Email: mail@cepi.org Twitter: @EuropeanPaper


industriAll – European Trade Union / EMCEF
Three European Industry Federations, namely EMCEF (the European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Federation), EMF (the European Metalworkers’ Federation) and ETUF:TCL (the European Trade Union Federation Textiles, Clothing and Leather) created a new and stronger European trade union organisation that started operating in June 2012: industriAll – European Trade Union. industriAll Europe represents 7.1 million workers in industry and manufacturing jobs at European level. EMCEF used to organise 2.2 million blue and white-collar workers in companies in 35 countries and 131 national trade unions. industriAll Europe is a member of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and co-operates with 9 other European Industry Federations in the ETUC. industriAll Europe also works with the
IndustriAll Global Union which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a new force globally taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world. industriAll Europe promotes social dialogue in an enlarged Europe and represents 11 sectoral social dialogue committees: Paper, Chemical, Electricity, Extractive Industries, Gas, Textile & Clothing, Foodwear, Tanning/Leather, Shipbuilding, Metal and Steel, and in addition the cross-sectoral NEPSI.
It also has a long-standing record in creating and co-ordinating European Works Councils. With over five hundred EWCs in all its sectors, industriAll Europe has been extremely active in shaping this particularly important element of the European social dialogue.

Website: www.industriall-europe.eu Email: info@industriall-europe.eu Twitter: @industriALL_EU

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