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Resource efficiency - Making more from our natural resources

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11 Sep.2014 ,

Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries renews calls for ‘carbon leakage’ protection

The Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries (AEII) has published an open letter  to the heads of State and Governments of the EU Member States, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission on carbon leakage. CEPI is part of this alliance.


The 2030 climate and energy framework must guarantee predictability for industry by setting the principles for measures against carbon and investment leakage now.


The undersigned manufacturing industries are the foundation of Europe’s economic fabric, drivers of jobs and growth in Europe. We represent over 30 000 companies in the EU with more than 4 million direct jobs, and around 30 million jobs in our manufacturing value chains.


The EU should focus on promoting recovery and growth of industrial production in Europe, in line with the objective to reinstate industry’s share of EU GDP to 20% by 20201. European industries need a stable and long term legislative framework that effectively combines EU climate ambition with EU industrial competiveness.


Current carbon leakage provisions under the EU Emissions Trading Directive, if not revised rapidly, will result in a huge shortage in free allowances and increasing direct and indirect costs (the pass-through of carbon costs into power prices) for even the most efficient installations in Europe. In the period from 2021 to 2030, when the provisions against carbon leakage and free allocation would be phased out, our industries are expected to face hundreds of billions of Euros in direct costs and costs passed through in electricity prices.2 The impact on energy intensive industries will simply be overwhelming.


Knowing that the Commission will be looking at “an improved system of free allocation of allowances with a better focus” for 2021-2030 is not enough. Industry needs a clear outline of policy measures to effectively prevent the risk of carbon and investment leakage.

The Commission’s legislative proposals currently only cover EU ETS structural reforms, which increase both carbon prices as well as the unilateral burden on EU industry, and expose EU jobs and growth to aggravated carbon leakage risk. Unfortunately, the Commission intends to publish proposals to prevent carbon leakage only at a later stage.


This is contrary to the guidance resulting from the March 2014 European Council, instructing the Commission “to rapidly develop measures to prevent potential carbon leakage in order to ensure the competitiveness of Europe's energy-intensive industries”, and this to provide by October 2014 “the necessary stability and predictability for its economic operators”.


The European Parliament stressed in February 2014 “that the 2030 climate and energy policy targets must be technically and economically feasible for EU industries and that best performers should have no direct or indirect additional costs resulting from climate policies; [that] the provisions for carbon leakage should provide 100% free allocation of technically achievable benchmarks, with no reduction factor for carbon leakage sectors.” 3
We therefore urge the European Council to give guidance at its summit on 23/24 October confirming that carbon leakage measures will be continued after 2020, as well as outlining the principles for the level of protection in order to safeguard predictability, investment certainty, jobs and growth in Europe:


Until a global agreement on climate change provides for a level playing field for energy intensive sectors at risk of carbon and investment leakage, best performers should not be penalised by direct or indirect additional costs resulting from the framework. This implies:


- Truly 100% free allocation based on technically and economically achievable benchmarks (including heat and fuel based benchmarks), reflecting recent production, and without a correction factor.
- Harmonized off-setting of all CO2 costs passed through into electricity prices in all Member States.


The Market Stability Reserve must only be considered in conjunction with the above measures, instead of through piecemeal approach.
The undersigned energy intensive industries are all at risk of carbon and investment leakage and therefore must be safeguarded through the above measures
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These measures provide the essential signal towards industry for predictability and investment certainty, and secure an environmentally and economically sound EU ETS which does not distort the market. We strongly believe that these measures, together with strong innovation funds to support breakthrough innovation in industrial technologies and processes, will offer a win-win situation for the global climate and the European economy.4
 

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1 European Commission Communication "For a European Industrial Renaissance", COM(2014) 14/2
2 The Commission expects a price of €40/tCO2 in 2030, modelling presented by Point Carbon expects ca. €48/tCO2 (source: www.ceps.eu/taskforce/review-eu-ets-issues); Climate Economics Chair calculates a price of up €70/tCO2 in a high scenario in its report EU ETS reform in the Climate-Energy Package 2030: First lessons from the ZEPHYR model, Paris 2014.
3 European Parliament resolution of 4 February 2014 on the Action Plan for a competitive and sustainable steel industry in Europe (2013/2177(INI))
4 The agreement on the reform of the EU ETS between the Dutch government, industry and NGOs proves that a compromise and a balanced solution between the pillars of EU sustainable policy – growth, jobs, and environmental protection – is possible by applying an allocation more closely linked to economic reality e.g. a dynamic emissions trading system.

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08 Sep.2014

Global Forest and Paper Industry Celebrates International Literacy Day

Today, September 8, is International Literacy Day, through which UNESCO highlights the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) is proud to represent the contributions of the global forest products industry to increased literacy around the world.


“Reading skills and strategies are not simply tied to the written word, but are also intimately tied to the medium of paper,” said ICFPA President Donna Harman. “Over the years, paper has proven to be a particularly potent learning tool and continues to be the most effective medium for reading.”


Research has shown that paper-based materials promote reading comprehension, information retention and learning, and that print-based texts are superior to digital texts in facilitating learning strategies.


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


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


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Note to the Editor
UNESCO International Literacy Day website: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/literacy-day/


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. CEPI is a member of the ICFPA.


More about paper at www.paperonline.org

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03 Sep.2014

European Paper Week 2014 - Registration opens today

StepChange Consulting platinum sponsor


Today, registrations for this year’s European Paper Week are open. The networking event of the year for the pulp and paper industry will take place 25-27 November in Brussels at the EU Thon Hotel under the theme ‘It’s all about Competitiveness’. Throughout three days industry representatives, suppliers and experts from the EU will come together to discuss the latest strategic issues and challenges facing the pulp and paper industry.


CEPI is happy to announce that StepChange Consulting will be this year’s platinum sponsor. StepChange is an industry-focused independent management consulting company with a proven track record in helping clients grow profitably and achieve sustainable value. StepChange provides support to top-tier organisations in the industry, from strategy development to implementation of operational improvements.


“We are very excited to be sponsoring the European Paper Week as we are fully dedicated to the industry,” says Joachim Klein, Managing Director of StepChange Consulting.


StepChange Consulting’s support for the European Paper Week 2014 shows the high importance of the event for the sector and highlights their commitment to the pulp and paper industry. “The sponsorship will bring a new dimension to the event and we look forward to working with them”, says CEPI Director General Marco Mensink.


European Paper Week is open to paper industry stakeholders. The main events include the CEPI annual meeting and networking dinner as well as seminars on current topics of interest:


• Competitiveness in a circular economy
• On the road to 2030: the impact of the Climate & Energy package on the pulp and paper industry
• New Ideas for the paper industry – Young researchers’ presentations (in collaboration with EFPRO)


The CEPI annual meeting will offer an analysis of the new European Parliament and Commission. We will also welcome a much respected speaker in the academic world: Professor Mariana Mazzucato, who will be speaking about industrial growth and her book on the entrepreneurial state, exploring the leading role that the State plays as a prime investor and creator of the next great innovations. Awarded journalist Stephen Sackur from the BBC will be moderating the event.


To find out more and to register go to www.cepi.org/epw.


For more information with regards to the European Paper Week, please contact Daniela Haiduc, CEPI Communications and Public Affairs Manager at +32 2 627 49 15 or d.haiduc@cepi.org.


Note to the author


About European Paper Week
European Paper Week is one of the most important and respected highlights of the pulp and paper industry calendar. It brings together key players and representatives from across industry, related sectors and the European institutions, providing an annual platform for high-level debate on the issues that really matter to the paper industry. Its success has been reflected in its growing attendance. This year the event takes place in the Thon Hotel EU in the centre of Brussels, Belgium.
Twitter: @EUPaperWeek #epw14
Website: www.cepi.org/epw


About StepChange Consulting
StepChange is an industry focused and independent management consulting company with a proven track record in supporting clients to achieve sustainable value. StepChange provides support to top tier organizations in the industry from strategy development to implementation of operational improvements. With our international team of industry experts we hit the ground running. We provide innovative and yet pragmatic solutions, placing an emphasis on delivering measurable business results. Our focus on results enables us to offer success based fee structures.
Website: www.stepchange.com/about.html
 

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09 Jul.2014

EU and Industry Partners Launch €3.7 Billion Investments in the Renewable Bio-based Economy

EU and industry leaders have today launched a new European Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries (BBI). The aim is to trigger investments and create a competitive market for bio-based products and materials sourced locally and "Made in Europe", tackling some of Europe’s biggest societal challenges.


€3.7 billion will be injected into the European economy between 2014 and 2024 - €975 million from the European Commission and €2.7 billion from the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) - to develop an emerging bioeconomy sector. Through financing of research and innovation projects, the BBI will create new and novel partnerships across sectors, such as agriculture, agro-food, technology providers, forestry/pulp and paper, chemicals and energy.


The aim of the BBI is to use Europe's untapped biomass and wastes as feedstock to make fossil-free and greener everyday products. At the heart of it are advanced biorefineries and innovative technologies that will convert renewable resources into sustainable bio-based chemicals, materials and fuels.


Organised in five value chains – that range from primary production to consumer markets – the BBI will help fill the innovation gap between technology development and commercialisation, sustainably realising the potential of bio-based industries in Europe.


Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, said: "The bioeconomy has huge potential that is attracting investments all around the world. With this new partnership, we want to harness innovative technologies to convert Europe’s untapped renewable resources and waste into greener everyday products such as food, feed, chemicals, materials and fuels, all sourced and made in Europe."


Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO of Novozymes, added on behalf of industry partner, the Bio-based Industries Consortium: “The BBI is an unprecedented public-private commitment because of its focus on bringing bio-based solutions to the market. It is an opportunity to deliver sustainable growth in European regions and to reverse the investment trend currently going to other regions of the world.”


The BBI is a shift from a fossil- and imports-based society to increase Europe’s share of sustainable economic growth, and is expected to create tens of thousands of jobs (80% in rural areas), revitalise industries, diversify farmers’ incomes, and reduce GHG emissions by at least 50% in comparison to fossil-based applications.


The BBI will manage the investments in the form of research and innovation projects that are defined in annual Calls for Proposals and implemented across European regions. In line with Horizon 2020 rules, all stakeholders are invited to submit innovative proposals and demonstrate progress beyond state-of-the-art.


First BBI Call for Proposals focuses on high potential / high impact investments


Also launched today is the BBI’s first Call for Proposals. It is a €50 million Call (not including industry contributions, which are expected to reach up to €100 million) that is a first step in a long-term strategy that will deliver tangible social, economic and environmental results. The Call contains a total of 16 topics:

  •  10 Research and Innovation Actions with a total budget of €15 million;
  •   6 Innovation Actions (5 Demo and 1 Flagship) with a total budget of €35 million.

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Note to the Editor


About the BBI
BBI stands for Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking. It is a €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).
The BBI is dedicated to realising the European bioeconomy potential, turning biological residues and wastes into greener everyday products through innovative technologies and biorefineries, which are at the heart of the bioeconomy.
The BBI is about connecting key sectors, creating new value chains and producing a range of innovative bio-based products to ultimately form a new bio-based community and economy.


The partners
The European Commission is the public partner in the PPP. It will support the BBI with a contribution of € 975 million from Horizon 2020, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation from 2014 to 2020. The activities of the BBI will complement the activities funded under Horizon 2020 and seek to establish synergies where relevant.
The Bio-based Industries Consortium - the industrial partner in the PPP - is constituted by a unique mix of sectors including agriculture, agro-food, technology providers, forestry/pulp and paper, chemicals and energy. It is an association that was established in 2012 to collectively represent the private sector in the BBI. To date, BIC has 70 full industrial members (large, SMEs, clusters) and over 100 associate members (RTOs, universities, associations, technology platforms). And it is still growing.
BIC will support the BBI with a contribution of € 2.7 billion, of which € 975 million will be used to support research and innovation activities, and another € 1.7 will be provided in the form of additional activities.


Funding projects
The BBI will fund projects aimed at:
• Building new value chains based on the development of sustainable biomass collection and supply systems with increased productivity and improved utilisation of biomass feedstock (incl. co- and by-products);
• Unlocking the utilisation and valorisation of waste and lignocellulosic biomass;
• Bringing existing value chains to new levels, through optimised uses of feedstock and industrial side-streams while offering innovative added value products to the market, thus creating a market pull and reinforcing the competitiveness of EU agriculture and forest-based industries.
• Bringing technology to maturity through research and innovation, by upgrading and building demonstration and flagship biorefineries that will process the biomass into a range of innovative bio-based products.


BBI first Call for Proposals


See Fact Sheet on the Work Plan 2014


Contact
Patrick van Leeuwen
Coordinator Public Affairs & Communications
Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC)
Mobile: +32 475 964 772
E: Patrick.vanleeuwen@biconsortium.eu


Emilie Tournier
Policy officer - Communication
DG Research & Innovation
European Commission
T: +32 2 295 06 36
E: emilie.tournier@ec.europa.eu

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09 Jul.2014

CEPI adopts Load Transport guidelines for pulp and paper products

CEPI has just launched a guideline document on general cargo securing instructions for pulp and paper products. The document was produced by CEPI with the input of the CEPI Transport Network and the support of MariTerm AB. CEPI expects the industry to adopt it as a best practice.

The guidelines will help everyone involved in the transport chain (planning, preparation, supervision or control) ensure safe transportation. Valid for transport on road, the guidelines primarily focus on accelerations and forces and cover a wide variety of product types (reels, sheeted paper, etc.). They were based on the European standard EN 12195-1:2010 (load restraining on road vehicles – Safety – Part 1: Calculation of securing forces).

The document is split in two parts, starting with the basic cargo securing principles, such as lashing, sliding and tipping. The second and largest part deals with instructions for pulp and paper products in particular, detailing arrangements necessary to prevent movements sideways and in forward and backward direction.

The European pulp and paper industry continuously promotes a cost-efficient, sustainable and safe transport of its products and raw materials. These guidelines are available to all pulp and paper companies and stakeholders. Versions in various EU languages will soon be available to ensure a wider distribution and a broad implementation by European companies and supply chain partners.

You can download the document here.
 

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