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Circular economy video

Watch our new video on why the pulp and paper industry is at the DNA of the circular economy.

 

European Paper Week 2014

Presentations are online!

 

Paper recycling in Europe at 71.7% !

A reliable performance secures access to valuable raw material. Read our press release

 

Resource efficiency - Making more from our natural resources

See our new publication with concrete examples from the industry!

 

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Publications
02 Dec.2014

Shifting Gears for a New EU Industrial Partnership - A Manifesto

The Alliance for a Competitive European Industry groups 11 major European industry sector associations (including CEPI) and BUSINESSEUROPE.

The common objective of its members is to promote the competitiveness of European industry on a global scale and to help address Europe’s transformation towards a sustainable and low-carbon future.

The Alliance members account for:
• 23 million jobs
• 1.3 million companies (more than 3/4 of which are SMEs)
• €5.7 trillion turnover annually
• 10.7% of EU GDP

The EU manufacturing industry accounts for about 20% of European GDP. But industry’s strategic importance is far greater because it accounts for 1 in 5 jobs and it is at the very heart of both innovation (with 80% of all R&D expenditure) and global competitiveness (with 75% of exports). Europe needs a vibrant industry to spark the innovation and growth required to meet the societal and environmental challenges that lie ahead.

Europe’s political leadership, including the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member State governments has acknowledged the exceptional role of industry. Each of these institutions has repeatedly declared that a strong and competitive industrial base is a key factor for achieving a knowledge-based, safe and sustainable low-carbon resource-efficient economy with substantial manufacturing employment.

We call on the political leadership to develop a long-term industrial policy that would establish favourable, stable, consistent and predictable conditions to help businesses to invest, to promote excellence, innovation and sustainability and to ensure we meet the European Commission’s goal that industry’s share of GDP should be as much as 20% by 2020.
 

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01 Dec.2014

Sustainability summary (infographic)

Sustainability and competitiveness have to go hand in hand for industry to excel. The European paper industry is a leading example of this. It is at the core of the bioeconomy. Below are some figures from our latest Sustainability Report verifying the exceptional concurrence of sustainability and competitiveness in our industry. The full report is available at www.cepi-sustainability.eu

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27 Nov.2014

PACT with EU policy makers

CEPI launched its PACT with EU policy makers, a call for cooperation with the Juncker Commission. It underlines the industry’s 5 billion euro investments in Europe in the next 3 years and the strong need for adequate policymaking to enable this.

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21 Nov.2014

CEPI Definitions and Concepts

This document provides definitions of terms used in the European Paper Industry statistics reports, in particular CEPI's Annual and Key Statistics as well as its Sustainability Reports. It is for the use of both providers and users of European paper industry statistics. It is divided into nine sections covering all aspects of the industry, from its structure to the raw materials used and grades of paper produced. It also covers terms used for environmental, energy and social statistics. More information and details related to the definitions reported in this document can be found in additional annexes, listed on page 47.

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02 Jul.2014

Key Statistics 2013

The statistics included in this booklet is a compilation of the data received from the National Associations, which are Members of CEPI, under the control of the CEPI Statistics Network. Some additional sources have been used when necessary and relevant, such as Eurostat. Extra statistical information is accessible online for CEPI members. Some extra statistical information is also available to non-members by subscription.

Ernst & Young Limited Assurance Audit Report on the Data Quality Rating Method used by CEPI on a selection of indicators
Ernst & Young Limited Assurance Audit Report


 

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01 Jul.2014

Limited Assurance Audit Report on the Data Quality Rating Method used by the Confederation of European Paper Industries on a selection of indicators

Data quality
Responsibility for the collection and the management of the statistical data lies with the CEPI statistics department, which is constantly working to improve the quality of the data reported. In order to further increase the reliability and credibility of the data reported, CEPI has commissioned EY (Ernst & Young) to issue a limited assurance statement on the data quality rating that CEPI carried out on its core indicators in the statistics report.

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25 Jun.2014

ERPC 2013 Monitoring report

The recycling rate in Europe reached 71.7% in 2013.
The total amount of paper collected and recycled in the paper sector remains stable at just over 57 million tonnes, despite the decreasing consumption of paper in Europe. Recycling has increased by 45% (18 million tonnes) since 1998, the base year for the first voluntary commitment set in the European Declaration on Paper Recycling. In strong contrast, consumption has dropped back to the 1998 level of 80 million tonnes. A net volume of 8.3 million tonnes (14%) of the total 57 million tonnes was bought by third countries for recycling outside the commitment region of EU-27 plus Norway and Switzerland.

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04 Jun.2014

Resource efficiency in the Pulp and Paper Industry - Making more from our natural resources

We know that the world’s growing population is putting increasing pressure on global resources and that the world’s current consumption patterns are simply not sustainable in the longer term. As the world’s finite supply of fossil fuels diminishes, in direct contrast to the increasing demands of a larger population, we will need to move to a circular economy based on renewable resources and optimum efficiency. In contrast to the linear model of take, make, dispose, a circular economy is a framework that takes insights from living systems. It considers that our systems should work like organisms, processing nutrients that can be fed back into the cycle, whether biological or technical, which is where phrases such as “closed loop” or “regenerative” come in.

It’s also why we believe Europe’s paper industry has a very bright future – because it is already a benchmark model of resource efficiency and a perfect fit for the circular economy. It is inherently sustainable by nature: Based on renewable, recyclable raw materials, Europe’s paper industry can produce second-generation biofuels to replace crude oil as well as renewable bio-based products. It provides packaging solutions to avoid food waste and it uses residues from the woodworking industry as its raw materials.

CEPI has just published a folder illustrating resource efficiency examples in the pulp and paper industry. You can download the full publication here.

On the thematic pages included in this folder you’ll find lots of concrete examples of how the pulp and paper industry is already living the circular economy. The 7 themes that compose the publication are listed below and can be downloaded separately:

Wood: The renewable heart of the sector

Recycling: An industry leading the way

Waste: No such thing!

Water: Used only with care

Energy efficiency: An industry lighting the way

Paper industry: A key player in the circular economy

Industrial symbiosis: A win-win solution

For more information on resource efficiency and the European paper industry, please contact CEPI Senior Raw Materials manager Ulrich Leberle at u.leberle@cepi.org.

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