The European Parliament Environment committee today adopted the deal on the Waste Package in a move that backs plans to boost recycling and reduce landfilling. More on the details of the final deal can be read here.
“The Waste Package makes the right step towards building Europe’s Circular Economy. Yet much will depend on Member States not abusing flexibilities offered by the compromise texts. It is essential that clear guidance is set to prevent commingling of waste and to effectively measure recycling not at collection, but where it actually happens” Director General of CEPI
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The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is now an associate member of the European Energy Forum (EEF).
The EEF provides a place for knowledge-sharing and open dialogue on energy, climate and other energy-related issues. For over 20 years, this non-profit association enables its members representing all energy-related sectors to meet, get informed and debate in a setting where all views and ideas are welcome. By promoting dialogue and exchange of expertise, the EEF wants to ensure that stakeholders with different perspectives and interests have an occasion to understand each other’s position so as to work together in a constructive way. The discussions and other activities organised by the EEF every month touch upon all issues related to energy, always adapting to new challenges in a fast-changing EU energy system. The programme of activities takes into account the EU political agenda thereby reflecting the work of the European institutions. The EEF is chaired by MEP Jerzy Buzek. It is composed of 34 Active Members (MEPs) and 83 Associate Members from energy and energy-intensive organisations.
Associate membership of the EEF will provide CEPI with a platform to represent the views of its membership in the high-level discussions on energy-related topics and provide a forum to bring to the discussion the European forest-fibre and paper industry's unique position as both an entirely renewable and recycable industry leading on the EU's circular bioeconomy transition.
New paper: European forest fibre and paper industry sets out an innovative, low-emission future for its transport and logistics
In February 2018, the European forest fibre and paper industry presented its 2050 vision to decarbonise its transport and logistics and contribute to the EU’s debate on low-carbon mobility.
We have a supply chain that is quite different from that of other industries and this presents both opportunities and challenges for decarbonisation. Access to raw materials, such as wood from forests and recycled paper from collection points is much more dispersed than in other industries.
We also rely mostly on road, rather than other means of transport. At the same time finished products need to be delivered with short lead times to diverse customers across Europe. It is estimated that in the framework of current policies, technologies and infrastructure a 60% decarbonisation by 2050 is feasible. An additional 20 % reduction, needed to achieve the 80 % reduction objective, is very challenging and would notably require a significant step change in innovation and technologies, as well as in policies for their deployment.
Here are the four pathways we have identified to reach our decarbonisation vision:
• Truck fuel efficiency: at least 30% improvement by 2050
• Fuel shift • Increase in permitted unit loads and digitalisation pathways: an additional 30% reduction
• Supporting policy conditions and infrastructure, most notably environmentally friendly trucking and harmonised EU rules and regulations.
To learn more about how we are pioneering decarbonisation in transport and logistics we encourage you to consult our paper here
Paper and board production increases by 1.5%, the highest annual rise since 2010
CEPI member countries’ paper and board production has increased by 1.5% in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to preliminary figures. Total production in 2017 was around 92.3 million tonnes. New capacities and upgrade of existing ones have more than compensated for closures in 2017, similar to 2016.
World paper and board production has also increased by 1.5% in 2017, almost reaching 420 million tonnes according to very first estimates. Japan has registered a moderate growth while the US was stable. Production in Canada, South Korea and India contracted. China has grown at a higher speed than the previous year: +4.7% in 2017 against +2.9% in 2016. Brazil and Russia also recorded strong growth.
You can download the version to print here and the web version below.
Since 2000, the European paper value chain has been committed to the two-fold aim of increasing recycling and joining efforts to remove obstacles hampering paper recycling in Europe. The signatories of the new European Declaration on Paper Recycling have declared their commitment to reach 74% paper recycling by 2020.
In 2016, 72.5% of all paper consumed in Europe was recycled. Relative to 2015, the collection of paper for recycling increased by 0.9%, reaching 59.5 million tonnes. In parallel, paper
consumption slightly decreased, totalling 82.1 million tonnes. These two factors drove a considerable increase in the recycling rate: from 71.9% in 2015 to 72.5% in 2016.
Significantly, this means collection and recycling of paper has increased by 0.5 million tonnes compared to the base year of the Declaration (2015).
Clearly, an important step has already been taken towards reaching the 2020 target of 74% paper recycling. However, we are now fast approaching our maximum potential, since 22% of paper consumption can neither be collected nor recycled.
Changing consumption patterns are affecting the most recycled paper products. Newspaper consumption continued to decline in 2016. Increased consumption of corrugated boxes, the other most recycled paper product, is only partly compensating the challenge to the overall recycling rate of declining graphic (printing and writing) paper consumption. For the commitment period 2016 to 2020, recycling rate calculations have been independently verified by Deloitte. 2016 also features positive achievements at regional level.
The number of countries with a recycling rate below 60% has further dropped to nine. Equally, 17 countries now have recycling rates exceeding 70%, an increase of three, since 2015. On an international level, Europe continues to be the world champion in paper recycling, followed by North America. Other world regions’ paper recycling rates are improving, but coming from lower levels. In Europe, paper fibres are recycled 3.6 times on average, significantly outperforming the world average of 2.4 times.
While the EU is discussing how to transition to a circular economy, the paper fibre loop can serve as a model for circularity. Paper recycling is an industry ‘Made in Europe’. It prolongs value creation and creates job opportunities in Europe from a renewable, predominantly European resource, wood.
Driving year-on-year improvements in the ease and simplicity of recycling requires a huge effort from the paper value chain. This report details these continuing efforts, underlining the pride in the progress the EPRC has made.
CEPI is one of the signatories of the European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) and holds its secretariat.
Read the press release on the EPRC website.