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Press Release | 26 Mar.2020

EPRC PRESS RELEASE: Collection and recycling of used paper more important than ever in times of health crisis

The Covid-19 sanitary crisis is unprecedented. The industry associations supporting the European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) are saddened to see that so many people have lost their lives due to the pandemic. The lockdown measures taken to slow down contamination are deeply impacting our lives as well as business operations. 

The paper value chain committed to keep its operations to deliver all essential paper products, such as hygiene products, packaging for food or pharmaceuticals while taking all necessary measures to protect workers, suppliers and customers.

The EPRC asks all authorities to enable crucial industries such as paper to continue production and to facilitate transport and cross border shipments for the supply of these goods. "In these critical times, it is more than ever important to keep the supply for our industry running, in order to secure packaging for essential products” said Angelika Christ, chairwoman of the EPRC.

The new circular economy action plan recently published by the European Commission recognizes separate collection as a prerequisite for the circular economy. With a recycling rate of 71,9% and even 84,6% in packaging, the paper and board value chain depends on paper for recycling.

Separate collection of paper for recycling from households and supermarkets, but also its sorting and transport to paper mills are an essential part of this supply chain.

Recently, individual cities in some Member States  have announced they might have to reduce separate collections or close sorting centers due to the current crisis.

People’s health must be the first priority along with supplying our society with essential goods for everyday life.

Cepi, the Confederation of European Paper Industries is hosting the EPRC secretariat.

For further information please contact Ulrich Leberle at u.leberle@cepi.org or +32 479 905 921.

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The European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) was set up as an industry self-initiative in November 2000 to monitor progress towards meeting the paper recycling targets set out in the 2000 European Declaration on Paper Recycling. Since then the commitments in the Declaration are renewed every five years. In 2017 the EPRC committed itself to meeting and maintaining both a voluntary recycling rate target of 74% in the EU27 plus Switzerland and Norway by 2020 as well as qualitative targets in areas such as waste prevention, ecodesign and research and development. In 2017, Members of the ERPC are ACE, CEPI, CITPA, EMFA, ETS, FEPE, INGEDE and INTERGRAF. Supporters are Afera, EuPIA, FINAT, FEICA and RadTECH Europe. DG Environment and DG Grow of the European Commission are permanent observers to the EPRC.

 

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Press Release | 25 Mar.2020

Cepi Press Statement - European pulp and paper sector maintains essential operations to help EU citizens tackle the COVID-19 pandemic

Cepi, the European paper industry association, and its members across Europe are shocked and saddened by the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically impacting people globally and in Europe, with a growing number of lives lost. 

We have taken the situation very seriously and implemented all necessary measures to guarantee the safety of our people: employees, transport operators and customers.

Our main priority now is to ensure that EU citizens can access the products that they desperately need for hygiene, health and food purposes in the current lockdown context.

For that reason, we are relentlessly working with other industries in our value-chain to operate as much in a “business as usual” mode as possible and guarantee security of supply to our fellow Europeans.

Our tissue and hygiene products are of vital importance to citizens, particularly to implement the recommendations issued by national governments and the World Health Organization (WHO): frequent hand washing and proper hand drying is vital. Tissue offers the safest option.

Our fibre-based packaging is also essential to transport and deliver all types of food and pharmaceutical supplies such as medicines in protective packaging.  

We depend on the quick availability of fibres from recycled paper to manufacture our packaging. Therefore we call on local communities to help us serving them, by ensuring that the collection of paper and board continues smoothly during the crisis. Otherwise, it would create a shortage of raw material within weeks and force us to stop our production.

We also have the obligation to ensure the timely and safe delivery of essential goods to our communities.  Many of our companies are currently struggling due to extra border control checks and related delays within Europe due to lack of container capacity after the closure of China’s harbours. We need support to avoid delays in deliveries of these key supplies.

For all these reasons, we have been calling for our sector (NACE code 17) to be recognised as an essential supplier in several critical European value chains and to be eligible for state aids to ensure continuity of vital supplies to the society during the health crisis and facilitate a sustainable recovery of the European economy after we overcome the health crisis.

We expect the Corona virus to prompt many changes in the way businesses are operated and society is organised.  We call the European Commission to review the recently adopted Industrial Strategy in the light of the changes to ensure it remains valid and a strong policy for the new industrial realities. 

Solidarity has to come first; we will strongly support the work of the EU institutions and national governments with our reiterated commitment to invest in Europe and for maintaining European jobs in the next 5 years.

Jori Ringman

Director General

Cepi, Confederation of European Paper Industries

 

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Publication | 21 Feb.2020

Preliminary Statistics 2019

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Press Release | 14 Feb.2020

Interview to Jori Ringman by Industria della Carta

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Press Release | 07 Feb.2020

Jori Ringman: "Cepi will play a key role in reaching carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050"

Interview to Jori Ringman in the French Magazine la papeterie by ENP Publishing.

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Press Release | 07 Feb.2020

Europe Paper Industries

Interview to Ulrich Leberle, Raw materials Director at Cepi. Published by The Forest Time. Link 

Press Release | 29 Jan.2020

PRESS RELEASE: Ignazio Capuano started as the new Chairman of Cepi

As of January 2020, the new Cepi Chairman is Mr Ignazio Capuano, CEO of the Italian firm Burgo Group Spa and Vice President of the Italian paper manufacturers’ association Assocarta.

Mr Capuano, who holds an Engineering degree and a Master's degree in Economy from the University of New York, has been working for the paper industry since 1991 as general manager of Saffa, CEO of Reno de Medici and presently, since 2016, as CEO of Burgo Group.

He has worked in the utility sector as CEO of RWE Italy, in the banking industry with Manufacturers Hanover Trust of New York (now JP Morgan Chase) and in the strategic consulting sector with KPMG.

 “I am proud to take over the presidency of the European paper industry confederation with the recent announcement of the Green New Deal. A great challenge that the paper industry has already welcomed by paving the way for an even more competitive and sustainable production, indicating solutions based on innovation and circularity for a carbon neutral Europe by 2050”, stated Mr Capuano in relation to his election as Chairman of Cepi

 “As Cepi Chairman it will be my job to continue the work already started towards the 2050 climate objectives, starting from the environmental results already obtained by the sector, always paying attention to the efficient use of our natural capital. The paper industry has a great environmental history to tell as an example of circular economy and commitment to sustainable development for future generations”, he continued.

Mr Capuano’s mandate will last two years, from 2020 to the end of 2021.

We wish Ignazio Capuano every success for his time as Chairman and we look forward to working under his leadership to help the European paper industry continue its growth path while staying sustainable and providing solutions for the climate neutral society of 2050”, says Jori Ringman, Director General of Cepi.

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Publication | 22 Jan.2020

Europe's Industry United for an inspiring future

 The Alliance for a Competitive European Industry (ACEI) that Cepi is a member of,  was created 15 years ago to harness the collective intelligence of 11 of Europe’s leading industry sector associations and BusinessEurope. 

The ACEI provides a proactive vision to EU policymakers on how to promote the competitiveness of the European industry on a global scale and transform it towards a sustainable and low-carbon future.

The manufacturing industry and its skilled workforce are at the heart of Europe’s prosperity.

 

ACEI  has identified 5 opportunities for the next 5 years how to revitalise Europe's industrial partnership.

The full brochure can be downloaded below.

 

 

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News | 09 Sep.2019

Paper Presents, an interactive paper & forest-fibre products exhibition

On 4 September, we launched an interactive exhibition Paper Presents (see the video here) to introduce the paper industry to the new Members of the European Parliament. The event took place in the Radisson Red Hotel, Brussels, and gathered national pulp and paper industry associations, MEPs and industry representatives.

Together with our partners, FEFCO, ACE and FEPE, we held a products’ exhibition to illustrate the diversity and future oriented approach of our industry and to showcase the innovative uses of paper -a renewable, recyclable, and responsible product.

The exhibition featured a total of 17 products related to different policy areas, such as circular economy, energy, material substitution, food safety, waste management, public health, and digitalisation. In addition, two digital rooms and Nintendo Labo corner made this event a unique and interactive experience.

CEPI’s Director General, Jori Ringman, emphasized in his key note speech the huge diversity of the products within the paper industry and highlighted that "we all have in common the renewability and the recyclability".

ACE’s Director General, Annick Carpentier, underlined that it is a symbolic action illustrating our commitment to sustainable forest management.
European Forests have been growing by over 1,500 football pitches every day. CEPI, FEFCO, FEPE and ourselves, we will ensure that a tree is planted on behalf of every one of you

 

 

All pictures from the event are featured here.

 

 

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Press Release | 03 Sep.2019

PRESS RELEASE: Registration for Paper & Beyond, 2019 now open!

CEPI annual conference Paper & Beyond 2019 “Our climate, our solutions”
 
Register now!
 
Registration is now open for Paper & Beyond 2019, the annual conference of the European paper industry and its value chain, bringing together pulp and paper producers, cardboard product manufacturers, technology suppliers, EU policy makers, researchers, scientists and media. Early bird tickets are available here.
 
Together with distinguished speakers such as IKEA's former Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard, and European Commission Director General for Climate Mauro Petriccione, we will demonstrate how our industry is at the forefront of climate change mitigation thanks to its natural resources, processes and final products.
What can you expect?
 
Paper & Beyond 2019 will be the opportunity to state our climate ambition in an exclusive initiative which our top CEOs will hand over to EU policymakers and the press.
 
We will also launch new industry platforms and tools to help boost material substitution, increase the circularity and recyclability of our products and guarantee their safety in the many applications. Finally, we will illustrate how we implement digitalisation and resource efficiency to the benefit of our industry and the environment.
 
During the conference, CEPI will unveil its new visual identity reflecting the industry’s transformation, focusing on its core values, attributes and solutions.
 
If you join us on 19 November, you can also look forward to discovering inspiring innovation talks thanks to our Blue Sky Young Researchers & Innovation Award. This award singles out remarkable research projects in forest-based science, products using forest-based raw materials, process improvements or other innovations throughout the value chain.
 
Paper and Beyond 2019 will take place on 18-19 November at the Marriott Hotel Grand Place in Brussels.
The draft programme is available here.
 
For more information about sponsorships and registration, please contact Katarzyna Dylag, CEPI Events and Digital Communications Officer at k.dylag@cepi.org
 
For press-related enquiries, please contact Claire Couet, CEPI Public Affairs & Communications Director at c.couet@cepi.org
 

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News | 17 Jun.2019

PRESS RELEASE: Jori Ringman becomes Director General of CEPI


CEPI, the European association representing the forest fibre and paper industry, announces that Jori Ringman has unanimously been appointed by the CEPI Board as successor to Sylvain Lhôte at the helm of the Brussels-based organisation.

“I am honoured to be entrusted the role of leading a team of great professionals, representing a sector with fascinating potential. The growing demand for sustainable, recyclable products is increasing the importance of fibre-based products in a wide range of sectors. The European paper industry will enable the EU economy to transform itself and become a more sustainable and resilient society” said Jori Ringman, newly appointed Director General of CEPI.
He added “I am proud to take on this challenge and look forward to helping advance sustainability, innovation and opportunities for pulp and paper sector companies and workers across Europe.”

Kalle Sundström, CEPI Chairman and CEO of Stora Enso: “In this challenging time, with the sudden and unexpected death of Sylvain Lhôte, I am glad to be able to count on the experience and competence of Jori Ringman to efficiently deliver on what has been prepared by the CEPI team over the last months, and continue to shape the strategic presence of our industry at EU level.”

Note to editor:
 
 
Jori Ringman is an expert in sustainability, environment, circular economy and consumer protection. In 2016 he was appointed Deputy Director General of CEPI.
Prior to joining CEPI as Recycling Director in February 2005, he was a civil servant in the European Commission. He has also worked in the European Parliament Environment Committee as a political advisor (1999 – 2004), as a journalist and editor in Finland, and as Secretary General of a parliamentary group in the Finnish National Parliament in Helsinki.
Mr. Ringman has a background in Economics, Econometrics and Business Management and broad experience in communications, public administration and politics. He also holds an MSc in Environmental Decision-making.
 
 

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News | 07 Jun.2019

Sylvain Lhôte

The secretariat of CEPI has the great regret to inform you about the sudden and unexpected death of our Director General, Sylvain Lhôte, French national, aged 51, on Thursday 6 June 2019 from heart failure.

Sylvain was the Director General of CEPI since 2016, he brought a strong leadership to the organisation, reforming the way of working, focusing on building efficient working tools and processes, encouraging synergies and increased communication among colleagues and value chain partners. He was instrumental in outlining a strategy for the future of the industry in order to successfully go through major transformations related to tackling climate change and leveraging the potential of the bioeconomy.

Sylvain brought 25 years of government and public affairs expertise, working with leading material technology and manufacturing industries on climate and energy policies, sustainability and industrial affairs, as well as competition and international trade issues.
 
 
Prior to joining CEPI, Sylvain was Vice-president Governmental Affairs and Business Development in the EMEA Region for Alcoa, the aluminium and metals engineering group. He previously directed EU and sustainability affairs for the Borealis Group, in the base chemicals and plastics industry. He also chaired FleishmanHillard’s Public Affairs practice in Europe and headed its environment department, advising major trade associations and industries in the field of sustainability policies and PA strategies.

It is with sadness and silence that we are mourning Sylvain. His sense of humour, charisma, endless creativity, strategic thinking and tenacity in defending his points will be greatly missed. He was married to Florence and the father of two children, Romain and Julie. Our thoughts are with them, their family and loved ones.

Given the exceptional circumstances, Jori Ringman, CEPI’s Deputy Director General, has been appointed as CEPI’s Acting Director General with immediate effect.

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News | 02 Aug.2018

Final call! Early bird tickets for Paper & Beyond, 2018 available until 5 August only

We are getting closer to Paper & Beyond, 2018 – the reformatted version of CEPI’s annual event, previously known as European Paper Week.

The early bird tickets of EUR 520 with 20% discount are on sale here until 5 August only. The regular fee is EUR 650.

 

 

What to expect from Paper & Beyond, 2018. Where the bioeconomy and circularity meet? 
The event will unite top industry professionals together with the EU's leading policymakers.
Join one of Europe's most innovative industries as we discuss how to bridge circularity with the bioeconomy.

Don't miss your chance to meet the leaders that are framing the future of Europe's circular bioeconomy!

 

 

For further information, contact Katarzyna Dylag, CEPI's Events and Communications Officer at k.dylag@cepi.org or visit our event website www.paperandbeyond.com

 

 

Press Release | 02 Jul.2018

PRESS RELEASE: Registration now open for Paper & Beyond 2018, the new version of European Paper Week

CEPI, the European association representing the forest fibre and paper industry is glad to announce that registration for the 20th edition of our annual event, previously known as the European Paper Week, is now open here. Early bird tickets (EUR 520) can now be availed of until 5 August, the regular rate is EUR 650.

Paper & Beyond, 2018. Where the bioeconomy and circularity meet is the reformatted version of European Paper Week and will take place on 16 & 17 October in Brussels’ prestigious Solvay Library, a location that blends historical spirit and modern elegance. Following feedback from past participants, Paper & Beyond, 2018 will be shorter, more dynamic and linked better to policy e.g. the EU bioeconomy strategy.

What to expect from Paper & Beyond, 2018?

Novel innovation from the best and brightest young researchers from across the continent, in depth policy analysis from bioeconomy and Circular Economy leaders, news on the latest market data and technology shaping the Europe’s circular bioeconomy transition and last, but not least, unique networking opportunities.
The first day participants will have a chance to catch up with the latest ground-breaking innovation at the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award session, followed by an exclusive, “walking” dinner, where you can network with industry leaders, build connections with EU policymakers and make valuable business contacts.


The second day will bring participants to the forefront of EU policy debate as we discuss “How to make the best from the bioeconomy” with leading figures from industry and the EU. This will complemented by RISI in a special bioeconomy focused session on “How bioeconomy markets are being shaped”. The day will then close with a discussion on how technology can drive the low-carbon bioeconomy transition, in conjunction with the ProviDES consortium.
To register now and get the full picture on our event please visit www.paperandbeyond.com
 

For event enquiries please contact Katarzyna Dylag, CEPI’s Events and Digital Communications Officer at k.dylag@cepi.org.

For press-related enquiries please contact Ben Kennard, CEPI Communications and Media Manager at b.kennard@cepi.org.

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News | 22 Jun.2018

Registration for Paper & Beyond, 2018 is now open!

Paper & Beyond, 2018. Where the bioeconomy and circularity meet.
 
Visit www.paperandbeyond.com

Paper & Beyond is the successor event to what has been known as European Paper Week and will take place in the heart of the European district, in Brussels' Solvay Library, from 16 to 17 October.
It is the premier industry networking event, bringing together representatives of Europe's major pulp and paper producers, manufacturers, customers, suppliers and press.


The registration is now open and available here. Get your early bird ticket for EUR 520 until 5 August and avail of a discount of 20%. The regular rate is EUR 650.
 

Please note, that tickets for employees of European institutions and national representations, journalists and students are free of charge, although the registration is still required.

 

For more information about Paper & Beyond, visit the event-dedicated website or contact Katarzyna Dylag, CEPI Events & Digital Communications Officer at k.dylag@cepi.org or +32 2 627 49 41.


 

News | 24 May.2018

GDPR: CEPI's Communications and YOU!

From May 25th the new EU data privacy legislation (GDPR) will come into effect.

To ensure we meet our obligations to you, we need to ask for your opt-in to continue receiving information from us such as our newsletter, event invitations, press releases etc. We want you to continue being the first to know about the latest news and updates from one of Europe's most innovative and forward looking industries.

Important: if we don't hear from you, we will remove you from our distribution lists for any “mass communication” other than specific committees or working groups and accordingly you will no longer be kept updated on the latest European industry developments. To continue being keep in the loop simply click here to stay part of the CEPI community.

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News | 08 May.2018

Paper & Beyond, 2018 - programme

Paper & Beyond, 2018
Where the bioeconomy and circularity meet

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Paper & Beyond is the successor event to what has been known as European Paper Week and will take place in the heart of the European district, in Brussels' Solvay Library, from 16 to 17 October.

It is the premier industry networking event, bringing together representatives of Europe's major pulp and paper producers, manufacturers, customers, suppliers and press.

The first programme of the event is now available online. All timings subject to change and final confirmation. Registrations will open in June.

For more information, please contact Katarzyna Dylag, CEPI Events & Digital Communications Officer at k.dylag@cepi.org or +32 2 627 49 41.
 

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News | 05 Apr.2018

Become a sponsor at Paper & Beyond, 2018!

Paper & Beyond, 2018
Where the bioeconomy and circularity meet

Visit www.paperandbeyond.com

Paper & Beyond is the successor event to what has been known as European Paper Week and will take place in the heart of the European district in Brussels from 16-17 October.

It is the premier industry networking event, bringing together representatives of Europe's major pulp and paper producers, manufacturers, customers, suppliers and press.

CEPI is now offering 2 sponsorship packages: a Platinum option, as well as Gold ones, used for specific sessions.

Become a sponsor and receive major exposure during the top event in the field!
For more information and reservations, please contact Katarzyna Dylag, CEPI Events & Digital Communications Officer at k.dylag@cepi.org or +32 2 627 49 41.

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Press Release | 01 Dec.2017

Global Forest and Paper Industry Reports on Sustainability Progress

Gl The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations’ (ICFPA) launched its 2017 Sustainability Progress Report. It is the sixth biennial report highlighting ICFPA members’ progress on the sustainability commitments agreed upon in the 2006 CEO Leadership Statement on Sustainability.

The full report is available here

We are proud to announce our global industry’s continuous progress, which represents our commitment to social and environmental aspects associated with forest management and the manufacture of forest-based products,” said ICFPA President Jane Molony. “We look forward to continuing to supply the growing global demand for sustainable products, including fuel, fiber and forest products, while moving towards a greener economy.”

The global sustainability performance of the forest product industry is improving, with all aggregate indicators for reporting associations showing progress from their respective baseline years:

- Since 2004/2005, ICFPA members reduced their greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 16%, and increased the share of bio-energy in the fuel mix by 10.3 percentage points.

- The total sustainable forest management-certified area used to supply the global industry reached 54% in 2015, up from just 12% in 2000. - The global paper recycling rate reached 58.9% in 2015 – a 12.4 percentage point increase from 2000.

- Members improved their onsite energy intensity by 1.1% since the 2004/2005; reduced their SO2 emissions by 48% from 2004/2006; and reduced their use of process water by 7.2% since 2004/2005.

- Members’ recordable incident rate was improved by 24.5% since 2006/2007.

ICFPA members that contributed to the 2017 Sustainability Progress Report are the Australian Forest Products Association, the American Forest & Paper Association, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, Corporación Chilena de la Madera, the Forest Products Association of Canada, the Brazilian Tree Industry – Ibá, the Japan Paper Association, the New Zealand Forest Owners Association, and the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa. The ICFPA represents 19 pulp, paper, wood and fiber-based associations that encompass 36 countries, including many of the top pulp, paper and wood producers around the world.

For more information about the sustainability of the global forest and paper industry, visit www.icfpa.org.

Press Release | 22 Nov.2017

Innovation tops the agenda at European Paper Week, as industry moves forward on the bioeconomy

The 19th edition of European Paper Week will mark CEPI’s 25th anniversary and takes place in the background of industry’s transformation towards a low-carbon, circular bioeconomy. As part of this year’s theme, attendees are invited to look forward and ‘Sense the Future’ by experiencing through the five senses the innovative, bio-based potential of the industry.

Industry transformation is gaining pace. This year’s European Paper Week provides an occasion to look forward at how we can, as the leading renewable and recyclable material industry, unleash the full potential of a circular bioeconomy,” says Sylvain Lhôte, Director General at the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).

As part of the industry’s ambition to lead Europe’s bioeconomy transformation, this year’s event will play host to the inaugural Europe-only edition of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Awards, where eight accomplished researchers will make the case for their industry-changing ideas.

Building on this year’s theme, attendees are also invited to experience first-hand industry’s cutting-edge potential at a novel innovation expo. The expo will exhibit multiple, innovative paper-based products that can be used for purposes as diverse as human cell cultivation, aircraft structures and renewable, bio-based alternatives to plastic bottles.

This year’s High-level session will welcome Gunter Pauli, author of The Blue Economy, a world-renowned report which outlines how innovations inspired by nature’s own renewable cycles can build a sustainable economy from the ground up. This session also challenges attendees to think ‘outside the box’ and will strike a chord on how the European Commission’s revised EU Bioeconomy Strategy can help speed up the deployment of innovation from lab to market.

Looking towards the future, the industry will continue to put its words into action, as outlined in the revised version of its 2050 'Investment Roadmap' by building on the success of its pioneering ‘Roots and Beyond’ project to demonstrate, in practice, the transformative investments taking place across the industry. CEPI also intends to be at the forefront of the discussion on the next EU research and development programme to guarantee funding for the bioeconomy projects that can propel industry innovation to the next level.

Note to editor:
CEPI is the pan-European association representing the forest fibre and paper industry. Through its 18 national associations CEPI gathers 495 companies operating more than 900 pulp and paper mills across Europe producing paper, cardboard, pulp and other bio-based products. CEPI represents 22% of world production, €81 billion of annual turnover to the European economy and directly employs over 175,000 people.

From forest fibre technology to advance paper design the industry currently invests 3.5 billion annually and is a leader of the low carbon circular bioeconomy transition. CEPI’s 2050 ‘Investment Roadmap’ outlines the industry’s vision to advance this transformation in Europe through value creation and decarbonisation.

For press-related enquiries please contact Ben Kennard, CEPI Press Manager at b.kennard@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 487 39 21 82. Full information on European Paper Week can be consulted on our website here.

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