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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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
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.
We know that the world’s growing population is putting increasing pressure on global resources and that the world’s current consumption patterns are simply not sustainable in the longer term. As the world’s finite supply of fossil fuels diminishes, in direct contrast to the increasing demands of a larger population, we will need to move to a circular economy based on renewable resources and optimum efficiency. In contrast to the linear model of take, make, dispose, a circular economy is a framework that takes insights from living systems. It considers that our systems should work like organisms, processing nutrients that can be fed back into the cycle, whether biological or technical, which is where phrases such as “closed loop” or “regenerative” come in.
It’s also why we believe Europe’s paper industry has a very bright future – because it is already a benchmark model of resource efficiency and a perfect fit for the circular economy. It is inherently sustainable by nature: Based on renewable, recyclable raw materials, Europe’s paper industry can produce second-generation biofuels to replace crude oil as well as renewable bio-based products. It provides packaging solutions to avoid food waste and it uses residues from the woodworking industry as its raw materials.
CEPI has just published a folder illustrating resource efficiency examples in the pulp and paper industry. You can download the full publication here.
On the thematic pages included in this folder you’ll find lots of concrete examples of how the pulp and paper industry is already living the circular economy. The 7 themes that compose the publication are listed below and can be downloaded separately:
For more information on resource efficiency and the European paper industry, please contact CEPI Senior Raw Materials manager Ulrich Leberle at email@example.com.
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!
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.
CEPI staff members explaining Deep Eutectic Solvents and the Two Team Project
After 10 years at the helm of CEPI, the Brussels-based Confederation of European Paper Industries, Teresa Presas has decided to leave the organisation at the end of May this year. In the coming months she will ensure a smooth transition of the leadership of CEPI to her designated successor Marco Mensink, who has already worked with Teresa as CEPI’s Deputy Director General for the last two years.
Mrs. Presas commented, "It has been ten years of an enriching experience and of relentless work. In the last years, we have consolidated our organisation, successfully defended its interests and laid out our long-term vision for the sector in the CEPI 2050 Roadmap.
The coming years will be about implementation at the different levels, including the progression of the breakthrough concepts that came out of the Two Team project. Therefore, it is a good moment for me to leave the organisation and move on to another life. I wish my colleague and successor Marco Mensink every success in the future".
During her time as Director General, Teresa forged a strong team of professionals that has taken CEPI to new heights and has proven itself as a very effective player in the Brussels scene.
"Teresa has turned CEPI into a highly credible and constructive partner to the EU institutions that lives up to its members expectations of bringing added value to the European pulp and paper industry. On behalf of the total membership of CEPI I thank Teresa for her hard work and for her legacy and I wish her all the best in her future endeavours” said Gary McGann, newly appointed chairman of CEPI.
“On behalf of all the members I also congratulate Marco Mensink on his appointment as Teresa’s successor as Director General of CEPI on June 1st 2014.”
For more information, please contact Daniela Haiduc at firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile: +32 (0)473 562 936