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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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News | 27 Mar.2014 ,

CEPI receives two-star 'Ecodynamic company' label

The Brussels regional energy and environment agency renewed CEPI's two-star 'Ecodynamic company' label. This award is delivered to Brussels-based associations and companies with high environmental quality standards. 

We are very proud to have received this honour. A big thank you to the staff members who worked on the application and helped obtain the label. Here it is!

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News | 12 Mar.2014 ,

CEPI at the Innovation Convention 2014

CEPI had a stand at the European Commission's Innovation Convention next to Google glass and Microsoft!

Our stand was focused on Deep Eutectic Solvents, the winner of the Two Team Project. As you can in this photo, it was a big success. It gathered interest from participants with different profiles, ranging from European Commission employees to students, companies and scientists.

We would like to thank Sappi for providing the material for the stand as well as Eindhoven university for sending a PhD student who did an excellent job explaining the technical side of DES.

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CEPI staff members explaining Deep Eutectic Solvents and the Two Team Project

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News | 29 Nov.2013

The new EN643

EN 643 is the European List of Standard Grdes of Paper and Board for Recycling. Revised in 2013, the new text includes several major improvements, including a grade-specific tolerance level for non-paper component and more detailed descriptions per grade. CEPI advises all organisations and individuals involved in trade with paper and board for recycling to implement and use the updated standard.


The CEPI guidance document

We launched a guidance document that details the changes in the revised EN643, to give advice to sellers and buyers of paper for recycling. The guidance was first launched at European Paper Week in English, but is already available in French and Portuguese. Other languages may follow.

English version

Portuguese version

 French version

We have also prepared a summary one-pager and a power point presentation(in English).

A webinar detaling the changes in the revised standard was organised in December 2013: The video recording is available at (length=1hour)

We also prepared the following video giving the most important reasons for using the guidance:


The updated EN643 standard

The updated EN643 standard is now available on the national standardisation websites below:

Link Link Link  Link Link Link Link Link Link Link
 (EN)  (EN)  (EN)  (DE, EN) (EN, FR, NL) (FR) (EN) (EN) (EN) (EN)


Responsible Management of Recovered Paper: Guidelines on reponsible sourcing and quality control

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News | 28 Nov.2013

New CEPI Sustainability report

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.

Read the press release for more details.

Download the full version in pdf here and the summary version here.

Find all the graphs and charts of the report here.

Download a powerpoint presentation of the report here.

CEPI Directors and Managers talk about Sustainability in the Paper Industry.


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News | 05 Nov.2013 ,

WBCSD Press Release: Global Forest Products Companies Come Together to Support Forest Certification

In an unprecedented show of support from the private sector for forest certification, 26 of the world’s leading companies along the forest products value chain released a leadership statement today, committing to significantly scale up sustainable forest management.

These 26 members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions Group (FSG) are responsible for nearly 40% of annual global forest, paper and packaging sales, and are aware that the business sector plays a major role in transforming forest challenges into forest-based opportunities and solutions.

The FSG’s Leadership Statement on the Value and Future of Forest Certification and accompanying technical brief, issued at the WBCSD’s Council Week in Istanbul, recognizes that reducing forest loss and degradation is a global societal priority requiring immediate and concerted action.

“With today’s statement and commitments, the FSG aims to demonstrate leadership in addressing the world’s need for increased sustainable management of natural forests and plantations, as well as wiser use and reuse of forest products,” said FSG co-chair José Luciano Penido, Chairman of Brazil-based Fibria.

In order to ensure that the supply of independently-verified sustainable wood and other forest products continues to increase to meet growing demand, all 26 FSG member companies commit to:

  • Work with stakeholders to spread sustainable forest management;
  • Support and promote the expansion of forest certification;
  • Set 2020 targets to increase the use of certification when sourcing forest products and fiber;
  • Grow markets for certified forest products.

“To meet increasing global demand, we need to expand forest management practices in ways that maintain their growth and vitality, while protecting ecosystems, biodiversity, and livelihoods,” said FSG co-chair Riikka Joukio, Senior Vice President of Finland-based Metsä Group.

Forest certification is a voluntary, market-focused mechanism, which supports a broad range of social, economic and environmental benefits associated with sustainable forest management, yet according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), only 10% of the world’s forests are independently certified.

“The FSG’s leadership statement calls on all stakeholders to join forces to innovate and grow markets for sustainably-produced forest products. Approaches to expand reach and impact of existing certification standards should better address the needs of small forest owners, community forestry, indigenous peoples and agroforestry operators,” said James Griffiths, Managing Director at the WBCSD.

Today’s leadership statement, endorsed by all 26 FSG member companies, is available on the WBCSD website.

FSG core members:
Ahlstrom, Altri, APRIL, Empresas CMPC, Fibria, Grupo Portucel Soporcel, International Paper, Metsä Group, Mondi Group, MWV, SCA, SCG Paper, StoraEnso, Suzano Pulp and Paper, UPM, Weyerhaeuser

FSG associate members:
Andritz, AkzoNobel, Evonik Industries, Kimberly-Clark, Metso, Proctor & Gamble, Pöyry, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SC Johnson and Unilever


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News | 04 Oct.2013

ERPC declares 2013 paper recycling awards winners

Yesterday, the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) announced the winners of the fourth European Paper Recycling awards. The well-attended ceremony took place at the European Parliament and was hosted by ALDE MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, who opened the event. "With the increasing world population resource efficiency is no luxury. It's a necessity to stay competitive. For now the EU is still the world leader concerning paper recycling. But if we want to stay in that position we need to set paper collection targets when the EU waste legislation is being reviewed next year", he stated.

First winner in the category Technology Improvement and R&D was Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG with a new technology called LowEnergyFlotation (LEF). “This is an innovative technique that significantly reduces the energy requirements needed to remove printing ink from paper fibres”, explained product manager Reinhard Bluhm.

The newly developed injectors are at the heart of the LEF. Together with the modified pumps, they enable energy consumption to be reduced by up to 50% in the flotation. Subsequently, paper mills not only save energy but also achieve significant financial savings. The LEF technology has already been applied to more than 10 systems worldwide.

The winner of the category Information and Education was the Alcorcón municipality in Spain. Their project improves paper and board collection by distributing paper bins in all schools in the district. The project aims to increase both the amount of paper collected as well as environmental awareness among children. “In the end, more than 15,000 children will know how to recycle paper and will have learned the importance of recycling”, said Alcorcon’s waste collection officer Susana Mozo, speaking at the ceremony.

In her speech ERPC Chairperson Beatrice Klose stressed the role of the recycling awards. “The European paper recycling awards recognise innovative approaches to paper recycling, which is a daily act, familiar to all. It is our pleasure to highlight a few of those that merit wider recognition and
visibility”, she added.

Three more entries were commended by the jury: International Paper Kwidzyn for its entry ‘Seventh Heaven for Newspapers’ (Information and Education category), Lucart Group for “Natural Project: Tissue paper from beverage cartons” and Reculiner bvba for their work on “Sustainable paper release liner recycling” (Technology Improvement and R&D category).

For more information, please contact the ERPC Secretariat, Jori Ringman, at +32 2 627 49 19, +32 478 255070 (gsm),

For the press release please go to the ERPC website.

For more information on the winners and commended entries, go to

Here are some photos from the event:  

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News | 25 Sep.2013

Paper industry supports landfill and incineration ban for paper at High Level EIP meeting

Today the High Level Group of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) for raw materials met to approve its strategic implementation plan. Mr Ramon Alejandro Balet, President of SAICA, represents the paper industry views in this group. In his intervention Mr Balet described several important issues for our industry related to the raw material partnership.

“Mobilising more wood from European forests is very important for the availability of primary fibres for bio-products. Moreover, innovative approaches to implement the cascading use of wood where it adds more value and jobs in Europe are essential.” said Mr Balet at the High Level meeting.

“For the availability of secondary fibres, the landfill ban and incineration ban for recyclable paper are needed. Additionally, collection systems have to improve to ensure glass and paper are collected separately from other recyclables and residual waste.” he continued.

In October the European Commission will call for concrete commitments in non-technological actions for the EIP for raw materials. CEPI will organise a seminar on the EIP for raw materials during European Paper Week on 26 November in Brussels.

The European Commission has proposed the EIP on raw materials to counter the increasing pressure on raw materials, the lifeblood of today's high-tech industry. It also addresses the availability of raw materials for Europe, bringing together EU countries, companies, researchers and NGOs to promote innovative solutions to Europe's raw materials challenge.

More information about the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials:


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News | 16 Sep.2013

Open letter addressing DG Connect’s paper-free communication policy

The European Commission’s DG Connect committed to a paper -free communication policy in an article published on their website, but several organisations of the paper value chain including CEPI, Intergraf, FEDMA and FEPE answered in an open letter asking DG Connect not to abandon millions of citizens with their communication policy.

Paper-based communication remains very important for millions of Europeans, if one only thinks of all the people who do not have online access, they will be left behind if communication becomes paperless. Despite the benefits of digital technology, paper should be complementary to electronic media and not discarded. Printed communication remains essential for various reasons, it encompasses a big part of the European industry. Implementing this policy will in turn discriminate millions who value printed communication or depend on it as they do not have internet access.

The full letter is accessible here.

Further information on ‘Myths and Realities’ when it comes to paper here.

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News | 11 Sep.2013

End-of-Waste = end of recycling?

Commission proposes end of recycling

The European paper industry represented by CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) organised a press action on 11 September 2013 in front of the Berlaymont with the title: End-of-Waste = end of recycling?

The European paper industry is on the ‘barricade’ and displayed seven bales of paper for recycling worth 2000 euros in front of the main European Commission building – the Berlaymont in Brussels from 7 am to 7 pm.

The European Commission proposal on End-of-Waste (EoW) criteria for paper fails to address the objectives of increasing the quality and availability of paper for recycling and will have an adverse impact on making Europe a resource efficient recycling society.

Europeans are champions in paper recycling - but for how long? In 2012, 71.7% of paper consumed in Europe was recycled. Used paper has become the single most important raw material for the European paper industry with some mills being completely reliant on it for their feedstock. The Commission proposal threatens Europe’s ability to maintain its recycling rates for paper, let alone improve them.

The European Commission’s End-of-Waste criteria for paper move the recycling and EoW point from its current location at the paper mill to an earlier stage in the collection. As a result of this move ‘recycled paper’ will be unusable without further reprocessing.

The detailed reasons for this action are explained in the CEPI press release:

The Council could not reach an opinion on the End-of-Waste criteria for paper, which leaves the European Parliament to give their opinion and finally the European Commission to decide whether to publish these criteria as they are or to re-work them.

Here pictures of the press conference and the press action in front of the Berlaymont:

Video footage:

Commission proposal for end-of-waste

European Paper Recycling: monitoring report

For more information, contact Daniela Haiduc or at +32 473 562 936


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News | 04 Sep.2013 ,

The cloud begins with coal - An overview of the electricity used by the global digital ecosystem

The cloud begins with coal
Big data, big networks, big infrastructure- An overview of the electricity used by the global digital ecosystem

A study by Digital Power Group

The information economy is a blue-whale economy with its energy uses mostly out of sight. Based on a mid-range estimate, the world’s Information-Communications-Technologies (ICT) ecosystem uses about 1,500 TWh of electricity annually, equal to all the electric generation of Japan and Germany combined -- as much electricity as was used for global illumination in 1985. The ICT ecosystem now approaches 10% of world electricity generation. Or in other energy terms – the zettabyte era already uses about 50% more energy than global aviation. This recent study (August 2013) by Digital Power Group includes interesting facts about the use of electricity by smart phones and tablets.

You can read the complete paper at :


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