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10 Jul.2013

Paper industry partners with European Commission in bio-based industry initiative

€3.8 billion EU-industry investment in bio-based industries

Today 48 companies joined forces with the European Commission to set up an unprecedented Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for bio-based industries. The PPP brings together €3.8 billion to advance the bioeconomy in Europe. The European pulp and paper industry is a strategic partner in this PPP, with 13 of the 48 member companies from the sector as well as CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) as an associate member.

The PPP combines €1 billion of public support from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme with €2.8 billion of industry investment. The initiative will create new markets and value chains for bio-based products, bringing jobs and growth to Europe. Today European Commission President José Manuel Barroso launched the Bio-based Industries PPP as part of the European Innovation and Investment Package.

Applauding the European Commission’s initiative, CEPI Director General Teresa Presas said: “CEPI has worked hard to help make the PPP become reality. It is a great initiative. This support for innovation and demonstration is much needed. It keeps investments in Europe and helps realise our industry’s future”.

The PPP will capitalise on Europe’s research leadership to bring solutions to commercial scale via pilot and demonstration projects. It brings different industry sectors together to optimise and create new value chains. Equally, the PPP is set to boost growth and jobs especially in rural areas.

Biorefineries are at the heart of this development. Unlike conventional fossil refineries that use finite fossil sources, biorefineries use various sources of sustainable biomass and waste to produce everyday products. The biorefinery concept is well placed in the pulp and paper industry, which already constitutes a large part of the bioeconomy in terms of volume and value.

The industry’s expertise in forestry, recycling, wood chemistry and fibre processing provides a unique and strategic opportunity in this initiative. The pulp and paper sector’s focus on value creation from raw materials is leading to new products such as bio-chemicals, bio-composite materials and second-generation biofuels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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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 ‘Innovation and Investment package’ announcement:
Press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-668_en.htm
Factsheet: http://ec.europa.eu/research/press/2013/pdf/jti/bbi_factsheet.pdf

About the Bio-based Industries PPP (BBI)
The BBI is a new Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) or Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC) to realise the bio-based economy vision.


A major public and private effort
• €3.8 billion investments in bio-based innovation from 2014-2020 (Horizon 2020)
o €1 billion of EU funds leveraging €2.8 billion of private investments
Key objectives
• Leverage Europe’s bio-based research and technology
• Develop the under-utilised potential of agriculture and forestry residues
• Replace oil-based chemicals and materials with biodegradable and bio-based ones
• Generate new industries, revitalise others, and create thousands of jobs
• Diversify and grow farmers’ incomes.

About the Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC)
BIC is an association that was established in 2012 to collectively represent the private sector partners in the Public-Private Partnership with the EU. The Consortium started with 40 European member companies (large and small) and is set to grow over time. It also includes associate memberships comprising RTOs, universities and European trade associations. It is host to a unique mix of sectors including agriculture, agro-food, technology providers, forest-based sector, chemicals and energy.

13 pulp and paper producers are member of the BIC: BillerudKorsnäs, Borregaard, ENCE, Holmen, Metsä, Mondi, Norske Skog, SAPPI, SCA, Smurfit Kappa, Södra, Stora Enso and UPM.


Website: www.bridge2020.eu

About 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 24% of world production.

Website: http://www.cepi.org
 

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03 Jul.2013

2012 European Paper Industry Statistics - European paper and board production and consumption decrease due to economic slowdown

CEPI just released the latest European pulp and paper industry statistics, which give a clear picture of the performance of the industry in 2012. These key statistics include data about production, consumption and the trade of pulp, paper and raw materials, as well as data concerning energy, environment, and social affairs.

European pulp and paper production in 2012 continued to be affected by the economic slowdown which began in mid-2011. Notably, its performance remains above other energy-intensive sectors in Europe. The European paper industry is looking for a healthier supply and demand balance and is modernising its industrial base to remain competitive.

The overall output performance of all CEPI member countries during 2012 was similar to that of other major traditional paper producing world regions, such as USA, Japan and South Korea. Only China and Brazil performed better.

CEPI members produced 92.1 million tonnes of paper and board in 2012 which represents a decrease of 1.6% over 2011. The pre-crisis production in 2008 totalled 97.9 million tonnes. Pulp production fell by 1.0% while the output of market pulp increased by 4.3%.

Exports of paper and board outside Europe showed an increase by 5.3% whilst imports fell by 9.7% when compared with 2011. The overall consumption of paper and board in CEPI fell by 3.8% last year. In comparison the overall GDP in Europe decreased by 0.3% in 2012, but it will recover in 2014 with a 1.4% increase (source: Eurostat – EU27).

You can download the pdf on the CEPI website at http://www.cepi.org/node/16197 or request your own paper copy by sending an email to mail@cepi.org.

More detailed statistical information is available to non-CEPI members by subscription.

A full report can be ordered by contacting Ariane Crèvecoeur, by telephone +32 (0)2 62749 35 or email a.crevecoeur@cepi.org or Erik Kilby e.kilby@cepi.org.

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Note to the Editor
CEPI Members: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom

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07 Jun.2013

Forest and Paper Industry Leaders Discuss the Global Sector’s Future

SAO PAULO – Today, the sixth biennial international CEOs Roundtable organized by the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) took place in São Paulo, Brazil. More than 50 CEOs and association leaders from around the world met to address issues of common interest, including the consequences of economic pressures on forests from the demand for food, fuel and fiber, the impacts of government policies and programs on the forest products industry, and how to position the industry in its transition for the future.

“We are optimistic about the future of the global forest products industry,” said David Scheible, President and CEO of Graphic Packaging International, Inc. “Our industry provides renewable and recyclable products that are important to the global economy and meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities around the globe.”

As a supplier of sustainable, renewable, and recyclable wood and paper products, the industry has a growing opportunity to both satisfy traditional markets for pulp, paper, paper-based packaging, and wood products and new markets for bio-energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and others. Many companies are working on the development of next-generation materials from wood fiber that can meet the needs of a growing global population.

“Our industry is advancing its value-added proposition with the potential of delivering sustainable, 21st century products that can help lighten the global manufacturing sector’s environmental footprint,” said Marcelo Castelli, President and CEO of Fibria S/A. “The industry’s transformation towards the next-generation forest economy is being fueled by the rapidly growing bio‐economy.”

Key points of discussion by the CEOs included the demands for wood fiber and the challenges and opportunities for the industry in the areas of increased forest yields, improvements in recovered fiber quality and quantity, and new products in the bio-economy. They also discussed opportunities for industry collaboration on global government policies affecting the industry’s competiveness and opportunities for attracting new customers and new workers by improving perceptions of the industry.

“In order to truly take advantage of the growing opportunities provided by the bio-economy, the industry will need an infusion of new workers and new skills and competencies to produce these new products,” said Chad Wasilenkoff, CEO, Fortress Paper, Ltd. “Working through our industry associations, with governments and educational institutions, we are committed to attract and train the best and the brightest to our green renewable industry.”

The next ICFPA CEOs Roundtable is scheduled to take place in 2015.

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For More Information:
Katharine Eaton
+1 (202) 463-2434
info@icfpa.org

Silvia Maiolino
+55 (11) 97540-7594
silvia@bracelpa.org.br

ICFPA website: www.icfpa.org

Press release: http://www.icfpa.org/mediaroom/35/23/Forest-and-Paper-Industry-Leaders-Discuss-the-Global-Sector-s-Future

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09 Apr.2013

Growth and Employment first: Energy-Intensive Industries warn against competitiveness impacts of proposed changes to the EU ETS

The increase in ETS prices targeted by the Commission through short-term intervention will further increase energy prices and by the same token, competitive imbalance between EU and overseas Energy Intensive Industries. The revision of the EU ETS Directive, which would leave more room for the Commission to intervene in the timing of auctions, also induces greater uncertainty for industry. Therefore, the Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries urges Members of the Parliament and Member States’ representatives to reject this proposal, which will alter the nature of the EU ETS. If approved, this proposal will not prevent industry closures and carbon leakage but rather relocate investments in manufacturing industry outside Europe.


Following the fundamental divergence of views between the Industry Committee and the Environment Committee of the European Parliament, all Members of the European Parliament will be asked to vote on the Commission proposal amending the EU ETS Directive, which should lead to a change in the timing for auctioning emission allowances (so-called “back-loading”).


The Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries, currently representing more than 30.000 enterprises and directly employing more than 2.5 Million people in the EU, urges the European Parliament and Member States to reject the Commission’s proposal on the following ground:

  • Increase in ETS costs will push up operating costs for manufacturing industries that emit CO2 directly. Despite partial relief through free allowances, this will affect competitiveness;
  • An artificial rise in ETS prices will push up electricity prices. Costs imposed on electricity providers will inevitably be passed on to private and industrial consumers through higher power prices. In the case of industrial energy consumers, recent Commission analysis highlighted that energy costs (electricity) in the EU are twice as expensive as in competing regions such as the US, Korea or Canada. Short-term intervention with the overt intention to artificially increase ETS costs will further add to this competitive disadvantage, as European industry cannot offset these additional costs.
     
  • Increasing uncertainty for investors will also further delay economic recovery. In the face of recent plant closures, restructuring and lay-offs throughout the whole value chain of European manufacturing industry, the EU should avoid intervention that would add to the cost burden of its economic base and make climate policy less predictable. The European industry has been struggling for almost four years with recession conditions brought about by the financial and economic crisis. Unemployment has climbed to 25.9 million or 10.7 per cent in the EU 27 in December 2012, a historically high level. Investments are much needed to reinvigorate industrial production and reestablish growth but the Commission proposal to intervene in the market would create a framework which no longer provides legal certainty.
    Any structural adjustment of the ETS should be the outcome of a thorough review of longerterm objectives, taking a broader view of climate, energy, industrial factors (i.e. technical and economic feasibility), while taking into account the global situation.
     
  • The proposed amendment of the ETS is unnecessary as the EU’s climate objectives will be met anyway. The EU’s carbon emission reduction objective for 2020 will be reached even at low price due to the limited number of allowances representing the overall cap of the EU ETS. Currently, the carbon price reflects the economic downturn exactly as it should do.
     
  • Energy Intensive Industries stand fully behind the ETS as a major instrument for Europe’s climate ambition. By rejecting back-loading, the Alliance wants to ensure that the EU-ETS stays as initially foreseen a cost-effective and market-based instrument and that its nature is not altered. The revision of the EU ETS Directive as proposed by the Commission would give additional and unjustified discretionary power to the Commission.

Energy Intensive Industries are ready to participate in establishing a framework for EU ambitions beyond 2020 which will address the longer-term picture.

For further information please contact: Daniela Haiduc, CEPI Communications and Public Affairs Manager d.haiduc@cepi.org or 0032 26274915.

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02 Apr.2013

ERPC Launches Call for Candidates for European Paper Recycling Award 2013

Paper recycling initiatives are invited to apply for the fourth European Paper Recycling Award. NGOs, educational institutes, local authorities and industry have implemented many innovative projects to enhance paper recycling all over Europe but these initiatives are generally not well known. By promoting these initiatives and raising their profile with an award the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) recognises these efforts and hopes to inspire others to copy good practices. The award will identify projects, initiatives and campaigns that contribute to Europe‟s sustainability through activities supporting paper recycling.


“Recycling is the key to achieving sustainability in production and consumption in Europe. Paper recycling, in particular, contributes significantly to green growth, combating climate change and improving resource efficiency. This makes a valuable contribution to the environment”, explains Beatrice Klose, Chairperson of the ERPC.


Eligible projects, initiatives or campaigns will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
• Relevance and originality
• Achievements
• Possibility to reproduce the project
• Cost effectiveness


There are two award categories:
• Information & Education
• Technology improvement & R&D


The initiatives may be ongoing or completed, but they must already have started; however, not before January 2009. All entries must be submitted by Friday 28 June 2013 before midday Brussels time. To apply please go to www.paperforrecycling.eu/recycling-awards. Should you need some inspiration, the website also contains information from past awards.


An independent jury from across Europe will judge the entries in each category. The jury includes representatives from the European institutions as well as civic organisations and NGOs. European wide recognition of the winning candidate‟s efforts will be accompanied by an original piece of paper artwork, which will be officially handed over to the winners in an award ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels.


For more information, please contact the ERPC Secretariat, Jori Ringman-Beck, at +32 2 627 49 19, +32 478 255070, erpc@cepi.org or visit www.paperforrecycling.eu.

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08 Feb.2013

Two Teams break through - CEPI applies new method to innovation

CEPI – the Confederation of European Paper Industries – is giving innovation a head start by launching the Two Team Project. It consists of two competing teams that include experts, scientists, manufacturers, suppliers and representatives of the pulp and paper industry and other sectors. Applying a unique method of open innovation, both teams are set to identify breakthrough concepts of technologies and processes that make the current pulp and paper manufacturing process more efficient and create more value.
Breakthrough technologies are at the heart of CEPI’s ‘2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bio-economy’ report. A successful delivery on the two objectives of the roadmap – namely 80% decarbonisation of the industry and 50% value creation in 2050 – is only possible when breakthrough technologies are available by 2030.


The teams are urged to think out of the box, outside their comfort zone. The final concepts will need to be creative, innovative and imaginative. Breakthrough technologies are new concepts; new ways of thinking that go beyond current borders.


Submit your ideas


Both teams are looking for maximum support from passionate stakeholders within the pulp and paper industry, but also from beyond the sector. Everyone with a creative idea and an enthusiastic mind-set is called upon to submit ideas and to contribute to designing the future pulp and paper mill.


Today’s innovation model is fragmented. Innovative research takes place at companies and universities on a daily basis. However, only a small percentage is used in products or deployed in industrial processes. The Two Team Project uses open innovation - sharing ideas across companies, research institutes, academic institutions and public authorities - to generate new concepts and solutions efficiently.


In November this year, at least four breakthrough technology concepts will be delivered. The jury – composed of CEOs and high-level European officials – will select the winning concept. CEPI’s Annual Meeting at European Paper Week 2013 will unveil the winner.


Gather your ideas for the most efficient pulp and paper mill and submit them today at www.unfoldthefuture.eu


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

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Website: http://www.unfoldthefuture.eu
Twitter: @CEPI2TP
Facebook: 2050 Roadmap:Two Team Project
LinkedIN: CEPI Two Team Project Group
Email: 2TP@cepi.org


 

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08 Feb.2013

Guidance on EU Timber Regulation jeopardises competitiveness of the forest-based sector

On 7 February the European Commission released the long overdue EU Timber Regulation guidance. This non-legally binding document attempts to explain the provisions of the Regulation 995/2010 “laying down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market”.

The guidance fails to clarify the provisions related to the terms “operator” and “placing on the market” as defined in articles 2 (b) and (c) of Regulation (EU)995/2010. Instead it modifies the provisions set in the legally binding Regulation and places more burden on European industry, including the forest-based sector.

“Once again the European Commission overlooks the competitiveness of the European industry, putting it at a disadvantage vis-a-vis foreign competitors. And this in spite of the constant pledges for the need to re-industrialise Europe.” said Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, expressing the sentiment in CEPI.

In addition, by altering the definition of an “operator” three weeks before the Regulation enters into application, the European Commission creates more unclarities for the economic actors dealing with timber and timber products in Europe than it resolves. "The proposed clarifications clearly contradict previous legal interpretations of the Regulation”, adds Bernard de Galembert, CEPI Forest Director.

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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

EU Timber regulation guidance document:
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/forests/pdf/Final%20Guidance%20document.pdf


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/

 

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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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