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29 Oct.2019

Joint Press Release - Investors Won’t Eyeball Sustainable Tech Without A Coherent Framework. Can Brussels Help?

Brussels, 22 October 2019 - We support the final objective of the sustainable finance regulation: to enable financial flows to support sustainable growth and transition to a carbon neutral economy. Private investors need a sound regulation to increasingly support mitigation actions such as accelerating investments in renewable energy technologies.

Such objective is however undermined by a significant divergence between the recently approved sustainability requirements within the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) and those of the Technical Expert Group’s (TEG) draft report on Sustainable Finance.
This lack of coherence casts a shadow over the likelihood of achieving long-term EU climate and energy goals.

Bioenergy: a tool for decarbonisation

Bioenergy, representing a staggering 63% of the total renewable energy consumption, is the largest renewable source in the EU. Among other benefits, it greens industrial processes across sectors, covering more than 8% of EU industrial energy demand. Furthermore, the sector can grow sustainably in the next decades enabling the decarbonisation of EU economy.

EU-wide, long-term sustainability criteria for the bioenergy sector and risk assessment systems can provide market stability; the Renewable Energy Directive has put in place such systems and market operators are gearing up to ensure compliance. As highlighted in the Deforestation Communication from 2021 bioenergy will be the only sector for which mandatory sustainability requirements apply.

A regrettable divergence

Regrettably, the technical screening criteria proposed by the TEG are not in line with the recently agreed legislation. They are also unrealistic in the short term.

The forest and agriculture biomass sustainability requirements of REDII have been agreed in the context of a transparent and inclusive legislative process, their impact thoroughly assessed. They are based on a “Best Available Technology” principle, stakeholders have been consulted, and the Council of the EU and European Parliament as co-legislators have scrupulously worked together towards a sound output.

To keep investments flowing in the direction of sustainable bioenergy projects and achieve EU climate and energy targets, the bioenergy industry, together with agriculture and forest biomass producers recommend an approach based on a progressive transition. The sustainability technical criteria proposed in the Sustainable Finance Regulation should mirror the sustainability requirements agreed in REDII to maintain a sound investment environment. Only high ILUC risk biofuels must be excluded by the TEG and any further requirement should be supported by an adequate assessment and the expertise of sector representatives duly considered. 

Reaching a target is a matter of getting the trajectory right. The European climate and energy legislation already provides the tools to assess if results are on track and to fill gaps when needed. The sustainability requirements adopted by REDII should be implemented before opting for an untested, top-down designed new set of requirements.


 

 

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04 Oct.2019

Apply now for the 7th edition of the European Paper Recycling Awards!

 
Every two years, the European Paper Recycling Awards distinguish European projects, initiatives or campaigns that change the way we recycle paper in Europe and help us achieve our ambitious goal of a 74% paper recycling rate by 2020.
The European Paper Recycling Awards are run by the European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) which encompasses the entire paper recycling value chain across Europe. The 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.

To learn more about the EPRC, its activities and its plans to get Europe’s recycling rates to 74% by 2020 check out the website here.
 

The competition is open to all entities based in Europe including schools, universities, NGOs, national and regional authorities, companies and associations. There are two award categories: Information and Education and Innovative Technologies and R&D.
Eligible projects, initiatives or campaigns will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Relevance and Originality, Achievements, Possibility to reproduce the project, Cost effectiveness. More details can be found on the FAQ page.
 
Application deadline for the 7th edition: Friday, 22 November 2019. Please submit your application here.
 
The awards ceremony will take place in February 2020 at the European Parliament in Brussels, kindly hosted by Ms Jytte Guteland, Swedish politician and Member of the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
 
 
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For more information about registrations, 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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13 Sep.2019

CEPI promoting guidance on separate collection at RWM, UK

CEPI partnered this year's Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition & Conference taking place in Birmingham, UK on 11 and 12 September to promote the new guidance on separate collection.

The new leaflet gives an overview how different paper and board products should be collected and if necessary, sorted in order to be recycled by the paper industry. It also gives the action points to municipalities to help moving away from commingled collection.

 

 

 

CEPI presented the European paper industry’s track record in recycling  and contribution to the circular economy, as well as the challenges and its proposals for further improvement at the RWM conference. Exhibition participants were numerous to visit the CEPI booth and learn about the paper CEPI’s position on separate collection. We gave a talk about the developments in paper packaging recyclability and the need for separate collection as a pre-requisite. 

 

The full document can be downloaded below. 

 

For more information about separate collection, please contact Ulrich Leberle, CEPI's Raw Materials Director at u.leberle@cepi.org

 

 

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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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02 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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15 Jul.2019

PRESS RELEASE: European pulp and paper industry creates 2,000 more jobs in 2018

In 2018, CEPI members produced 92.2 million tonnes of paper and board, keeping the same level of production than in 2017, and benefiting from a healthy economic environment.
 
Our 2018 data confirms the longstanding trend of increased production in packaging, hygiene and speciality paper sectors while graphic paper continues to decline, following the demand reduction.
 
For the first time since 1990s, the sector opened 9 new mills and created 2,000 more jobs with a total increased turnover of +3%.
CO2 emissions from operations are steadily going down while the production of paper and board remained stable which illustrates the significant industry investments in decarbonisation technologies and increased energy efficiency. We have demonstrated how the industry is actively taking responsibility in reducing its carbon emissions, as well as playing a leading role in providing bio-based alternatives to carbon-intensive products in our REINVEST 2050 project.
 
Exports of paper and board products are growing, especially to North America, with 20.6 million tonnes in total, +1.1% compared to 2017 and imports are going up by 3.3%. Europe remains a net exporter and the number one exporting area in the world.
 
Our commitment to the circular economy remains stronger than ever with paper for recycling utilisation on the rise, i.e. the volumes recycled in European mills for reprocessing, keeping the fibres longer in the loop.
 
However, the 2018 recycling rate, i.e. proportion of the paper and board consumption that has been recycled, is slightly down from 72.4% to 71.6% due to trade flows, namely a significant export erosion of paper for recycling (-6.1%).
 
“Our 2018 Key Statistic report demonstrates once again that our industry is fast-transforming, creating jobs and believing in its capacity to grow in Europe putting into practice a true circular bioeconomy model ” said Jori Ringman, CEPI Director General.
 
For more information, please consult our latest market data here
 
For further information, please contact Ariane Crêvecoeur, CEPI Statistics Manager at a.crevecoeur@cepi.org
For press-related enquiries, please contact Claire Couet, CEPI Public Affairs & Communications Director at c.couet@cepi.org 
 
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25 Jun.2019

Blue Sky Young Researchers & Innovation Award Europe 2019: Call for applications!

Researchers carrying out projects in a wide range of activities relevant to forest-based science, products using forest-based raw materials, process improvements or other innovations throughout the value chain are invited to submit their application for the Blue Sky Young Researchers & Innovation Award Europe 2019 by 30 September 2019 (see eligibility criteria here below).

From November 2012 onwards, CEPI, the European Confederation of Paper Industries, decided to give more visibility to research and innovation in the paper sector, but also to focus on the part that young researchers play today and are expected to play tomorrow in building the future of the sector.

The award is about research and development; it is also about inspirational innovation for a sector moving towards revealing the bioeconomy potential.

The contest will identify 8 remarkable candidates of which 3 finalists will receive the award and be automatically eligible to the global contest organised by the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) with a chance to join the prestigious ICFPA Blue Sky Award ceremony in 2021.

All shortlisted candidates will be offered a two day trip to Brussels (accommodation & travel) to join the award ceremony that will take place at CEPI annual conference, Paper & Beyond on 19-20 November 2019 in Marriott Hotel Grand Place.

 


 

On top of the round trip to Brussels, the shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity to:

- publically present their research in front of 200 conference participants

- network with an exclusive group of industry CEOs

- attend a personalised public speaking training with an experienced English mother tongue coach

- publish their work via our knowledge partner, the Forest Policy & Economics journal!

Forest Policy and Economics, our knowledge partner for the 2019 award edition, is a leading European scientific journal that publishes peer-reviewed policy and economics research relating to forests, forested landscapes, forest-related industries, and other forest-relevant land uses. All shortlisted candidates will be automatically invited to submit a dedicated contribution* to FP&E Editor in Chief.

 

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must:

- Have an idea that could revolutionise the paper & forest fibre industry

- Be under 35 years of age

- Currently be working under the supervision of a European research institute or university (however, EU citizenship is not a necessary condition)

- Be fluent in English, with good oral presentation skills

Applications

The procedure is simple: fill in the online form here, including your CV, a supporting letter and a short two-minute video of yourself explaining the project (in English).

Don’t miss your chance to apply!
 

Deadline: 30 September, 2019.

*Submissions to the journal are prepared as Commentary – Policy Forum articles (max. 3000 words) and in accordance with FP& E aims and scope.

 

 

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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.”
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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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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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09 Apr.2019

PRESS RELEASE: Paper and Board industry helps demonstrate safety of its materials in food contact applications

The paper and board manufacturing industry, as well as converting sectors including the tissue industry publish today the completely rewritten voluntary ‘Food Contact Guidelines for the Compliance of Paper and Board Materials and Articles’.
Formally called “Industry Guideline”, the revised guidelines are intended to enhance the trust of public authorities, business operators and consumers in the safety of paper and board materials for food contact applications.
This technical document, first published in 2010 and updated in 2012, outlines how to meet the highest safety standards for paper and board products used in food contact applications. The processing chain for paper and board food contact articles is diverse; it has to deal with many challenges in demonstrating the safety of materials: 
 
"Our sectors’ key priority is to safeguard - at all times - the safety both of the packaging system and food that we deliver. With the Food Contact Guidelines, we wish to provide an effective compliance tool in line with the EU Framework Regulation on Food Contact Materials by ensuring an efficient exchange of information along the supply chain” explained Jori Ringman, Deputy Director General at CEPI and expert in product safety. 
 
The guidelines take into account the increasing need for a compliance monitoring tool that covers risk management, product design, material selection, Good Manufacturing Practice as well as process monitoring and control.
In the absence of specific EU legislation covering paper and board products in the field of food safety, the industry took the initiative to fill the gap by developing this guidance which serves both industry and consumers, also from an environmental point of view:
 
“The lack of a specific EU wide measure for paper and board, including tissue, has created a disadvantage in the market because compliance for these materials is perceived to be less clear than for plastics in contact with food. Whenever the European Commission decides to choose paper and board as its next priority for regulation, the guidelines could be used as a starting point” concluded Angelika Christ, Secretary General of FEFCO.
 
From a practical point of view, the guidelines help producers fulfill obligations deriving from EU legislation and support suppliers to adequately perform their own compliance work by giving them the required and necessary information.
 
Since their launch in 2010, the guidelines have gained much support among users and well proved their value: watch our explanatory video to learn more!
 
The paper and board industry will continue to focus on ensuring compliance with existing EU provisions and supporting the demand of the market and customers for unquestionable product safety.
 
For press-related enquiries, please contact Claire Couet, CEPI Public Affairs and Communications Director, at c.couet@cepi.org or at (+32) 2 627 49 15. For technical information, please contact Jori Ringman, CEPI Deputy Director General, at j.ringman@cepi.org or at (+32) 2 627 49 19 or visit the following websites:

ACE - The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment provides a European platform for beverage carton manufacturers Tetra Pak, SIG Combibloc and Elopak and their paperboard suppliers in Europem, Stora Enso and BillerudKorsnäs, to benchmark and profile cartons as renewable, recyclable and low carbon packaging solutions. Engaging with stakeholders and partners seeking high environmental stewardship, it contributes expertise to EU policy, legislation and standard‐setting.
 
CCB - CEPI Container Board is a European industry association of producers of corrugated case materials, also called containerboard. Activities are focused on primary-fibre materials (kraftliner, semi-chemical fluting) and recycled-fibre containerboard (e.g. testliner). Members thus represent a total European production capacity of more than 28 million tons of corrugated case materials. CCB is also responsible for the management of a global containerboard industry organisation, the World Containerboard Organisation, has an office in Brussels, Belgium, and a membership of leading producers in North and South America, South Africa, Oceania and Japan.
 
CITPA - Confederation of International Converters of Paper and Board in Europe, established in 1961, represents the interests of the European Paper and Board Converting Industry which covers a wide variety of converted paper products including packaging, beverages cartons, corrugated board, speciality papers and many more. CITPA membership comprises European level associations such as ACE, EUROSAC, FEFCO, Euro Wax Pack, FINAT, ECTA and ECMA as well as national federations such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Portugal and associate members, ProCarton, PaperImpact and CepiEurokraft.
 
ECMA – European Carton Makers Association, is the official organisation for carton businesses, national carton associations and suppliers to the carton industry. ECMA provides the European folding carton industry with a dynamic business network. With its seat in The Hague, The Netherlands, and an office in Brussels, ECMA represents around 500 carton producers in nearly all countries in the European Economic Area. ECMA members account for around 70% of the total carton market volume in Europe, and a current workforce of about 50.000 people.
 
ETS - European Tissue Paper Industry Association’s members represent the majority of tissue paper producers throughout Europe and around 90% of the total European tissue production. ETS was founded in 1971 and is based in Brussels.
 
FEFCO - European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers represents the interests of the European Corrugated Board Manufacturers. Headquartered in Brussels, FEFCO has 17 association members, all European national corrugated packaging organisations. The role of the Federation is to investigate economic, financial, technical and marketing issues of interest to the corrugated packaging industry, analyse all factors which may influence the industry, and promote and develop its image.

 

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