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01 Oct.2015 ,

Gary McGann awarded Global CEO of the year

CEPI is happy to announce that its Chairman Gary McGann has been awarded the PPI's Global CEO of the year award. Earlier this year he was awarded the European CEO of the year award for the second year running.

The PPI Awards honor leadership, vision, innovation and strategic accomplishments within the pulp and paper industry, and are the only global awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the sector. The winners were announced at the awards dinner on September 28th in Chicago, IL at the InterContinental Hotel.

Entries were evaluated by three panels of judges who independently reviewed the entries against the award criteria set out in each category.

To find out more, go to

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21 Sep.2015 ,

3.5 million jobs at risk if EU grants Market Economy Status to China, finds new report

A landmark study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released last week reveals that if the EU grants Market Economy Status (MES) to China, the EU could lose 3.5 million jobs and 2% of GDP. Read AEGIS Europe press release here.

CEPI is a member of the AEGIS alliance. Follow AEGIS on Twitter @AEGISeurope

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09 Jul.2015

The 20 most innovative products in the pulp and paper industry

CEPI is looking for innovative products or prototypes to appear in a unique publication, featuring the 20 most innovative products in the pulp and paper industry today. The products can belong to any of the following categories: pulp, paper, packaging, tissue or bio-based products. They will also be part of an innovation exhibition at European Paper Week on 17-19 November 2015 in Brussels. All entries will feature on CEPI’s website, whether they make the final selection or not.

To submit a product, please go to:

Deadline: 15 September
Make sure you read the following eligibility criteria before submitting an entry.

· The products must belong to one of these categories: pulp, paper, packaging, tissue, bio-based products.

· They must be truly innovative. Incremental improvement of existing products will not be considered.

· Their developments must also involve at least one European pulp and paper company that is a member of CEPI (i.e. a member of one of CEPI's National Associations).

· Ideally, their commercialisation should firstly take place in Europe.

· They should be available for an exhibition during the European Paper Week 2015 on 17 to 19 November in Brussels.

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26 Jun.2015

China is not a market economy, confirms new in-depth study

CEPI is a member of the new AEGIS alliance, which published the following press release regarding China's Market Economy Status:

EU industry: China's state capitalism is biggest threat to European jobs
Several hundreds of national, regional and sectoral five-year plans, pervasive state control over businesses, subsidies that have doubled over the past five years, and dumped exports financed by state-owned banks – these are only some examples of how the People’s Republic of China controls its industry.

A newly published, independent study by THINK! DESK China Research & Consulting demonstrates the extent of China’s state-planned economy in unique detail. Professor Dr. Markus Taube, author of the study, concluded that: "China is not a market economy; state planning and subsidisation are in China’s DNA".

The study was presented today by the European industry alliance AEGIS EUROPE to Members of the European Parliament. AEGIS EUROPE is an alliance of over 25 European industrial associations committed to continued investments in European production and jobs.
The study supports the view that China does not merit the ‘Market Economy Status’. If the EU would grant such status, as requested by China, its ability to act against heavy Chinese dumping would be severely undermined. From the perspective of European industry, over the next few years this would result in the loss of millions of EU jobs, green production and innovation.

Milan Nitzschke, spokesperson of AEGIS EUROPE, reacted: "If the EU wants to maintain and develop a viable, innovative industry, it cannot grant Market Economy Status to China. The European Commission must start immediate discussions with its major trading partners, which are facing the same issues with China”.

A summary of the study, Assessment of the normative and policy framework governing the Chinese economy and its impact on international competition, can be downloaded here. The full study can be found here.
For more information visit the AEGIS EUROPE website:


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25 Jun.2015

Two Team winner gets EU funding

The PROVIDES consortium recently received a substantial subsidy from the Bio-based Industries Initiative (BBI JU). The consortium focuses on developing environmentally friendly alternatives to chemical solvents in the European pulp and paper industry by means of Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES). Coordinated by ISPT, the industry-driven PROVIDES project is also financially supported by 18 industrial partners. The BBI subsidy means the project can go full steam ahead with the further development and industrial implementation of these innovative green processes.

The project is of high interest to the paper and pulp industry as it offers a new, environmentally friendly technology to isolate high-quality cellulose fibres and lignin from lignocellulose. The innovative technology can potentially reduce CO2 emissions in the papermaking chain by 20%.

“The subsidy is great news for the industry,” says Math Jennekens, R&D Director at Sappi Europe, one of the consortium‟s industrial partners. “The DES technology will bring an enormous breakthrough in our industry and strengthen our position as a pivotal sector in the development of the bio-based economy. It‟s therefore important, in this pre-competitive stage, that the technology is developed in a form of cooperation that brings universities and institutes together with the European pulp and paper industry.”

“The PROVIDES project is an excellent example of what industrial cooperation can bring,” says Tjeerd Jongsma, Director of ISPT. “The original approach taken in CEPI‟s Two Team Project competition brought forward the best ideas industry-wide. The next step is an open innovation setting with broad participation of the major European industries to bring this idea to realization. For me, this is proof that the joint European paper industry will be able to cope with global competition „head-on‟.”

“The role of ISPT in the consortium formation is truly exemplary,” says Ekhard Beuleke from Omya International AG, Switzerland. “ISPT provided us with support, as well as with pre-discussed „standardised‟ draft contracts and agreements, which made it much easier and less time-consuming to align all the many different partners in the consortium.”

The PROVIDES project will benefit from the knowledge and expertise on DESs that has already been built up over the past few years. Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e) recently produced the first hydrophobic DES. The PROVIDES project can use these insights to remove detrimental hydrophobic components from wood and paper for recycling. Progress has also been made by TU/e and VTT, both partners in the consortium, on lignin-dissolving DES. This will be further developed in the context of the project.
About the PROVIDES project
Green alternative
Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) are nature-based, renewable, biodegradable, low-volatile and cost-effective. When used for producing high-quality cellulose fibers in paper-making applications, they are extremely energy efficient, particularly because they do not require high temperatures. They offer a groundbreaking new method for the pulping of many different lignocellulosic materials for producing chemical pulp, pure lignin and other chemicals.
PROVIDES consortium
The PROVIDES consortium consists of 18 industrial partners in the pulp and papermaking chain, complemented by ISPT as coordinator, and Technical University Eindhoven, CTP and VTT as knowledge partners. Consortium partners come from all over Europe: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland.
PhD research
As part of the PROVIDES project, three PhD students from Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) are carrying out research in close collaboration with the industrial partners from the pulp and paper industry. These projects focus on the use of DESs for the recycling of paper, lignocellulose fractionation and recovery processes. The research group is the first in the world to systematically screen possible DES mixtures, and has already reported several new ones.
CEPI Two Team Project competition
In 2012, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) organized a competition in which two teams – independently and in competition with each other – worked for a year on finding new breakthrough concepts to achieve 80% CO2 reduction by 2050. Each team presented four concepts. The winning concept was Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs). For more information, see and this document.
About ISPT
The Institute for Sustainable Process Technology unites industry, universities, research organizations and SMEs in order to accelerate innovation and ultimately transform process technology into a green, clean, efficient endeavour. In addition to developing knowledge, the Institute fosters the demonstration and application of new technologies. More information:
About BBI
The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking is a new €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). Operating under Horizon 2020, it is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry. 50% of the PROVIDES partners are member of BIC. More information: and
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Group photo by ISPT – „PROVIDES consortium‟
Logo of the BBI, official H2020 requirement to add this logo to all publications.
Lisa Groothuis e-mail: Ph: +31 (0)33 700 0799

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08 May.2015

Global Forest and Paper Industry Releases Policy Statement on Paper Recycling

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) released its policy statement on paper recycling. The statement was approved at the ICFPA’s annual meeting held on May 5th in Washington, D.C.

The full statement is available at

“Forest and paper associations around the world recognize the importance of paper recovery for recycling,” said outgoing ICFPA President Donna Harman. “With this policy statement, we are encouraging national governments to pursue best practices to enable recovered fiber to find its highest end-use.”

The global paper recycling rate stands at about 58%. Some developed countries have achieved as high as 70 to 75%. Many developing countries are establishing infrastructure to help improve paper recycling rates.

The statement calls for educating citizens on the importance of recycling, allowing the marketplace to determine recovered fiber’s best end-use, and ensuring functioning waste markets while respecting national contexts and systems. The ICFPA believes that extended producer responsibility (EPR) systems “should not be a preferred choice where existing markets for collections and reuse of recovered paper are efficient and effective.” Instead, improved sorting of waste should be prioritized to increase and ensure the quality of recovered fiber.

The ICFPA’s statement is the latest in a series of policy statements underwritten by its members associations. All ICFPA policy statements are available at

The ICFPA represents more than 30 national and regional forest and paper associations around the world. Together, ICFPA members represent over 90 percent of global paper production and half of global wood production.

For more information about the sustainability of the global forest and paper industry, visit

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29 Apr.2015 ,

Strategic choices for ETS Post-2020: Allow energy intensive industries to be competitive and grow in Europe

The Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries, representing over 30.000 European companies and 4 million jobs, wishes to be an active contributor in the upcoming revision of the EU ETS. This paper contains Alliance proposals on carbon leakage protection, free allocation principles and competitiveness under ETS Phase IV to ensure simple, fair, predictable and effective rules i.e.:
- Carbon leakage protection needs to be the first element of the ETS revision based on the same criteria and assumptions as under Phase III, as well as on technically and economically achievable benchmarks;
- An EU-wide harmonized system must be put in place, which fully off-sets direct and indirect costs at the level of the most efficient installations in all Member States; therefore, no cross-sectoral correction factor should be applied to free allocation;
- Allocation methodology must be closely aligned with real/recent production levels;
- Innovation support must be extended to industrial sectors;
These principles are fully compatible with the March and October 2014 European Council Conclusions and reflect the industry contribution to the Commission questionnaire, following the meeting with Commissioner Arias Cañete in February 2015. Those principles are further detailed below.

Best industrial performers must not be penalized by ETS allocation rules
The concept of declining free allocation for industry is in contrast to the need for full protection against carbon leakage and should not serve as a justification to reduce protection. The limit on the total issuance of allowances in ETS sectors defined by Heads of State and governments covers both free allocation and auctioning. They did not impose a decrease of free allocation as such. On the contrary carbon leakage provisions should be improved in order to encourage carbon-efficient production and growth in Europe, and allocation must be guaranteed at the level of realistic benchmarks. Only predictable and effective carbon leakage measures will enable companies to invest in innovative solutions in Europe.

Accordingly there should be no direct and indirect cost at the very least at the level of most efficient European installations in sectors at risk of carbon leakage.
The effect of the cross sectoral factor (CSCF) is that even the best performers cannot achieve these levels due to economic, technical or thermo-dynamical limits. Ignoring this turns the EU ETS into a penalty system rather than an incentivising system.
For that reason, all our sectors call for a deletion of the CSCF, in accordance with the European Council conclusions of 23-24 October 20141.

Current carbon leakage assessment methodology remains valid
The carbon leakage risk will not decrease and may well increase on the contrary:
- It can currently not be expected that there will be a large breakthrough in negotiations at international level that would lead to climate policies, imposing equivalent carbon costs for industries located in competing regions.
- Meanwhile, the GHG reduction target will be increased to 43% for EU ETS sectors compared to 2005 levels (meaning that the cap will be tightened)
- The Market Stability Reserve will result in rapid carbon price increases.
All Energy Intensive Industries should receive full protection at the level of the benchmark. Consequently, the quantitative and qualitative carbon leakage risk assessment criteria and assumptions as defined in 2008 remain fully valid and must remain unchanged. Energy Intensive Industries are characterised by long investment cycles. The carbon leakage list must only be updated at the beginning of each trading period.
Also, since the risk of carbon and investment leakage remains as acute as ever for EU industry, introducing differentiation in the level of protection will lead to unequal and incomplete protection for sectors at risk, and could have negative repercussions on EU industrial value/supply chains.

Establishing technically and economically achievable benchmarks
The benchmarks should be updated maximum once, ahead of each trading period to provide planning certainty for participants, decrease the administrative burdens and provide an appropriate reward for those that have invested in emissions efficiency.
The update of the benchmark values should be based on data collection from the EU companies. The process of establishing benchmarks must be as transparent as possible. If in a sector, no relevant changes in technology have taken place, such sector can request a simplified approach for data collection.
These benchmarks have to be representative for the sectors and based on representative technologies that have been adopted by the European market. Over-ambitious benchmarks artificially increase costs to industry overall and de facto undermine the effectiveness of the carbon leakage provisions. The current rules are already very stringent, as benchmarks are set according to the average of the top 10% most efficient installations in the sector; hence, even without the cross-sectoral correction factor, around 95% of the installations have to purchase allowances.

Indirect carbon costs need to be fully compensated throughout Europe
The current implementation of carbon leakage measures to deal with indirect carbon costs has resulted in a fragmented approach as eligible sectors exposed to electricity price increases due to carbon costs may only receive from few Member States a partial financial compensation. This creates an uneven playing field in the internal EU market, and creates a disadvantage for those installations that are not receiving any, or only partial, compensation, vis-à-vis extra-EU competitors.
While designing the new system, several measures/principles should apply:
- EU-wide harmonized system, which fully off-sets indirect costs (100% of the CO2 cost-pass through in electricity prices) at the level of the most efficient installations in all Member States and reflects most recent production levels. Sectors with a fall-back approach should also be properly treated.
- Cost compensation could be assured using different complementary mechanisms (free allocation and/or harmonised financial compensation).
- Mechanisms should ensure predictability over the entire trading period by being described in the revised directive. The current system is unpredictable, as it relies on a state aid compensation assessment, and is granted annually, digressive and uncertain for future years.
- The eligibility assessment for such an EU-wide scheme should be based on a consistent methodology that identifies qualified sectors on the basis of their exposure to indirect carbon costs or their total electro-intensity.
- As indirect costs arise from the price setting mechanism prevailing in the power sector (marginal price setting), an EU-wide compensation scheme should be in place without delay.
For the longer term, the Commission should also assess the possibility of redesigning the electricity market in a way that prevents carbon cost pass through in electricity prices to sectors at risk of carbon leakage.

System based on real/recent production must replace the ex-ante straightjacket approach
Moving to an allocation methodology closely aligned with real/recent production levels would provide the required allowances at the level of the benchmark to companies expanding or restarting production to avoid undue costs, help prevent over- or under-allocation, stop rewarding ETS participants for moving production overseas and ensure simplified and fairer rules as regards new entrants, capacity increases or decreases, plant rationalisation and partial cessation. For example, the reference period could be the rolling year n-2. The required production data are already available as verifiers have to ascertain the activity data needed for the allocation. The bureaucratic burden will be therefore minimal.
For installations covered by fall-back approaches as opposed to benchmarks, emission reductions resulting from efficiency measures should not result in a penalty.

Creating a reserve for growth
To ensure sufficient availability of allowances for free allocation for industry, a reserve for growth would be needed. This reserve for growth would act as a buffer to ensure predictable access to both free allocation and auctioned allowances.
There are several ways to operate this proposed reserve for growth:
- It can be filled with unused free allowances due to lower production in phase III, back-loaded allowances, un-allocated allowances from New Entrants Reserve. Then it can provide allowances for growth in case of higher production.
- In addition, the Market Stability Reserve could also be used as the source for granting such allowances, if it would be designed as a sink for unused allowances from which allowances could be released for said purpose.

Support to innovation
The extension of innovation support to industrial projects is welcome. However, it should not happen at the detriment of carbon leakage protection by reducing or limiting the amount of free allocation. Industry exposed to carbon leakage risk will struggle to invest or innovate without predictable efficient carbon leakage protection.
The revenues from auctioning should be reinvested for low carbon technology support, as foreseen in the ETS Directive, or energy efficiency, but more importantly they should be used by Member States to stimulate economic growth and relevant R&D investments. Innovation funding under EU ETS should be allocated to energy intensive sectors appointed in Annex I of the directive. The NER400 should be technology-neutral and refer instead to R&D and deployment of new technologies for those Annex I sectors.
In order to achieve a realistic policy and to allow for effective reduction of emissions, there is a need to identify the abatement possibilities in the industry (linked to technological, thermo-dynamic and physical/chemical limits that cannot be overcome due to feedstock, process emissions and lack of break-through technologies). Some sectors have already developed 2050 decarbonisation roadmaps, in which transformation technologies are mentioned. A dedicated fund taking into consideration these abatement possibilities will bring innovative technologies (e.g. industrial breakthrough technologies, including CCS and CCU for industry) forward and secure buy-in of industry sectors.

Industry needs an objective impact assessment for Phase IV ETS
In light of the better regulation policy of the new Commission, an objective impact assessment on the different European energy intensive industries is crucial, taking into account their ability to reduce emissions (low carbon roadmaps). Any flawed impact assessment could lead to wrong policy decisions for the energy intensive industries in Europe.



1 See legal opinion on article 2.9 by Luther of April 2015

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14 Apr.2015

5th European Paper Recycling Awards call for candidates is open!

The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) launched a call for candidates for the 2015 European Paper Recycling Awards. The awards will identify projects, initiatives and campaigns that contribute to Europe’s sustainability through activities supporting paper recycling. Winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony taking place at the European Parliament on 14 October.

Now in their fifth edition, the awards are open to all entities based in Europe, including schools and universities, NGOs, national and regional authorities, companies and associations.

Read the press release here.

To apply, please visit the ERPC website at

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09 Mar.2015

Open letter to Jean-Claude Juncker on the withdrawal and renewed discussion of the circular economy package

CEPI together with other representatives from industry, NGOs, municipalities and public service providers addressed an open letter to Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. In this letter, they underlined the importance of publishing a new Circular Economy proposal within a short timeframe. According to the co-signatories, this would enable our European economy to rebound through the creation of a circular economy.

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18 Feb.2015

RISI Announces New Event Partnership with CEPI

Cooperation between the groups will mean better programmes for both RISI's 2015 European Conference and CEPI’s European Paper Week.

Boston, 11 February (Press Release) – RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced a new event partnership with the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI). The agreement will enhance the programme for both RISI’s 2015 European Conference and CEPI’s European Paper Week. It also provides discounts for CEPI members to enable them to attend both events.

"RISI and CEPI share a long history of serving the needs of the European paper industry. This agreement will allow us to combine our resources and provide critical information to those operating in this market. Both events will present critical information to help our clients and constituents navigate these troubling economic times," said Iain Murray, Vice President of Conference Services at RISI.

As part of the new agreement, RISI economists will present at CEPI's European Paper Week and speak on market trends, challenges and opportunities in the European pulp and paper market. In turn, CEPI will provide commission updates and Marco Mensink, Director General of CEPI will present on “A Survival Guide to Europe.” This presentation will discuss the current issues in Europe affecting the European pulp and paper industry.

RISI's European conference will take place from March 9-11 in Amsterdam, Netherlands at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel. The European Paper Week will take place 17-19 November 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. More details will be available at at a later stage.

About RISI (
RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, packaging, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue and nonwovens industries to help them make better decisions.

Headquartered in Boston, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

About CEPI (
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 515 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 940 paper mills. Together they represent 23% of world production.



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