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21 Mar.2018

International Day of Forests 2018: European forests can deliver even more benefits to society

 

On the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Forests and dedicated to “Forests for Sustainable Cities”, representatives of European forest owners, managers and forest-based industries call for more awareness and support to further use the potential of European forests to contribute to a sustainable future.

Forests play a crucial role in providing multiple benefits for citizens. They deliver forest products and many other ecosystem services (recreation, clean air and water, biodiversity, scenic and cultural values…). Wood is a renewable raw material used in construction, furniture, pulp and paper, as well as for energy. It also serves as a substitute for non-renewable raw materials and energy. Moreover, forests contribute to job creation and economic growth.

In this context, EU forests have the potential to keep– and possibly increase – their contribution to these needs in the coming years. On average, 60% of the annual growth of EU forests is harvested, leading to a regular and significant increase in wood resources.

In the current discussion at EU level, several policies (research and innovation, rural development, climate and energy) and strategies (Forest Strategy, Bioeconomy Strategy) provide opportunities to enhance sustainable and multifunctional forest management while supporting the development of innovative bio-based value chains.

Piotr Borkowski, Executive Director of EUSTAFOR, and Fanny-Pomme Langue, Secretary General of CEPF, highlight that “There is still an important unexploited potential in terms of the wood and non-wood products and services provided by European forests. EU policies should contribute to unlock this potential so as to better meet existing and future demands. However, it should be stressed that sound economic prospects are essential in order for European forests to meet the growing social and environmental demands which are also being made on them”.

According to Sylvain Lhôte, Director General of CEPI, the European association representing the pulp and paper industry, “The EU should balance its target setting and demand-side approach with measures to increase supply. These measures should secure and improve forest growth and mobilise more wood from European forests for all kinds of uses“.

Patrizio Antonicoli, Secretary General of CEI-Bois highlights: “Forests and wood-based products play a central role in climate-change mitigation. This year’s theme of the UN International Day of Forests furthermore offers the opportunity to highlight the high potential contribution of timber building systems and wood construction materials.”

The undersigned organisations highlight the importance to better acknowledge and coordinate existing EU and national forest-related legislation which are already in place, which safeguard sustainable and multifunctional forestry and which are additionally supported by voluntary systems certification schemes. This is essential in ensuring the long-term competitiveness of the sector.

The International Day of Forests 2018 is taking place at a moment when EU policies have an opportunity to demonstrate how to enhance the potential of European forests and better mobilise their resources to further benefit society. This is an opportunity worth seizing.
 

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15 Mar.2018

European Paper Recycling Council moves forward on ecodesign of printed paper products

An update has been made to the European Paper Recycling Council’s (EPRC) “Assessment of Printed Product Recyclability”.
This Scorecard for the Removability of Adhesive Applications now includes an annex for applications where there is sufficient experience and confidence that they will deliver good results on removability.

Non-water-soluble or non-dispersible hot melt adhesives are now exempted from testing under certain conditions. If an adhesive application does not conform to with the conditions in this annex, no conclusion can be made about its removability.

The EPRC considers this a step forward towards improving ecodesign, prolonging the recycling loop for printed graphic paper.

The updated scorecard can be found here.

For further information, please contact Ulrich Leberle at u.leberle@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 2 627 49 23

For press-related enquiries, please contact Ben Kennard at b.kennard@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 487 39 21 82

Note to editor:
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 and RadTECH Europe. FEICA, the Association of the European Adhesive and Sealant Industry also recently joined the EPRC as a supporter. DG Environment and DG Grow of the European Commission are permanent observers to the EPRC.

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05 Mar.2018

European paper industry’s trade complaint against Turkey upheld in European Commission report

The EU has today released a report related to a Trade Barrier Regulation ("TBR") investigation launched following a complaint lodged by CEPI, the European association representing the paper industry. The report upheld the complaint finding that the measures imposed by Turkey on the imports of certain varieties of paper such as office paper, books, envelopes and paper used for direct mail marketing (otherwise known as uncoated wood free (“UWF”) paper) from the EU were inconsistent with both WTO and the EU–Turkey Customs Union rules.
 

"CEPI takes pride in its strong commitment to free trade with its partners. The decision by the Turkish authorities to remove these unfair measures is applaudable; however this issue should never have been escalated in the first place. It is our expectation that the Turkish authorities stand by their obligations under the EU-Turkey Customs Union Agreement in the future” says Sylvain Lhôte, Director General at CEPI.

In advance of the Commission’s publication of the report Turkey removed the unfair trade measures. With this in mind, the EU has decided not to pursue the matter further. The industry will however remain vigilant that similar measures do not hinder the free flow of trade between the EU and Turkey in the future, particularly in light of the modernisation of the EU-Turkey Customs Union Agreement.

Background to the trade complaint:
Following an inconclusive safeguard investigation on UWF imports in 2014-2015, Turkey extended in 2016 an existing import licensing system which targeted €150 million of EU exports of UWF paper products.The Turkish non-automatic import licensing system with regard to UWF paper was based on an arbitrary price threshold and created a significant and unfair obstacle to EU-Turkey trade. The contested system posed a clear violation of WTO and the EU-Turkey Customs Union Agreement. The European paper industry already exports 22% of its produce outside the EU and will continue to remain an advocate for free trade and take a firm stance where this is put at risk.
 

For more information, please contact Bernard Lombard, Industrial Policy Director, at b.lombard@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 2 627 49 22.

For press-related enquiries, please contact Ben Kennard, Press Manager, at b.kennard@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 487 39 21 82.
 

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27 Feb.2018

Waste Package adopted by European Parliament Environment committee

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

Follow the action over on Twitter with the hashtag #WastePackage and retweet here if you agree with us! 

 

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19 Feb.2018

CEPI becomes an associate member of the European Energy Forum

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. 

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19 Feb.2018

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

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29 Jan.2018

IMPACTPapeRec project sends strong Circular Economy message on separate collection of paper at final conference

The two-year Horizon 2020 IMPACTPapeRec project is reaching its final stages this month. To this end, a final conference was organised at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 24 January, hosted by Mayor of Coulaines (France), Christophe Rouillon. The conference successfully brought together more than eighty professionals from the waste management and paper industry, as well as policymakers and municipalities.

It included prominent speakers such as Kestutis Sadauskas, the Director in charge of Circular Economy and Green Growth at the European Commission, as well as Laurent Thieule, Director at the Committee of the Regions, who applauded the project’s practical nature and its “on the ground” applicability for European regions.
The project brought together nineteen partners across the value chain from several European countries including those with low recycling rates such as Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. The project offered them a unique platform to find ways to increase separate collection of paper in the EU. “This project could not be more timely, as the inter-institutional agreement on the revision of the waste package last December has indeed strengthened separate collection” said Kestutis Sadauskas, adding that “separate collection for high quality recycling is particularly important in light of China’s waste import ban”.

Sylvain Lhôte, Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) closed the conference by focusing on the project’s major policy recommendations. He highlighted the Commission’s detailed Guidance on the newly strengthened rules on separate collection in the Waste Directive and the need for collection systems to take into account the EN 643 standard. “In the fight against climate change, we only have a window of a few years to optimise waste management and recycling everywhere in Europe” he noted.

Several participants applauded the practical tools that resulted from the project, in particular the “Good and Best Practices Handbook for the collection of paper and board for recycling”. This handbook provides municipalities with practical tools and guidance so that they can improve paper and board collection wherever they are in Europe. A video was prepared explaining this and other tools  which can be found on the website.

The final conference was followed by a workshop specifically targeted at municipalities, companies and citizens from countries that were not part of the project. Another workshop for entrepreneurs was also organised to encourage new innovative business ventures in the implementation of innovative solutions for paper collection.

The IMPACTPapeRec project is financed by the European Union Horizon 2020 Programme and supports the separate collection of paper commitment of the European Innovation Platform (EIP) on Raw Materials. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690182.

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17 Jan.2018

REDII – Sustainable use of wood wins over ill-placed market distorting subsidies

The European paper industry produces from wood a multitude of value-added products such as paper, carboard and other biobased materials and uses its residues for bioenergy.

With today’s vote the EU has sought to recognise the value of sourcing wood sustainably and preventing subsidies that distort markets and encourage the burning of wood for megawatts.

The European Parliament realises that there is more value to the circular bioeconomy than turning wood into megawatts” says Sylvain Lhôte, Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).

MEPs have moved in favour of building upon existing sustainable forest management practices in Europe, the so-called “risk-based approach” rather than rendering the regulatory context more complex. At the same time ensuring that the availability of wood is taken into consideration is also a step in the right direction.

They have also sent a strong signal that the recovery of energy from waste must be strictly guided by the waste hierarchy and that the burning of paper-based material, which can be collected seperately and recycled, should be avoided.

The challenge is now in the hands of the Council to ensure that wood is used sustainably and that REDII remains consistent with the EU’s own goals of making the circular bioeconomy a reality in Europe.

Note to editor:
Guaranteeing that wood is sourced from sustainably managed forests and championing a high-performing recycling chain will be critical to securing the quantity and quality of the raw materials the industry uses as it transitions towards the low-carbon circular bioeconomy. Read more on how we can achieve this in the revised version of our ‘Investment Roadmap’.

For more information, please contact Ulrich Leberle, Raw Materials Director at u.leberle@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 2 627 49 23
For press related enquiries, please contact Ben Kennard, Press Manager at b.kennard@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 487 39 21 82
 

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18 Dec.2017

Reaction of European paper industry to reaching preliminary agreement on EU Waste Package proposals

"A good deal for making the Circular Economy happen in Europe. The challenge now is to ensure effective implementation and avoid multiplication of derogations at national level" says Sylvain Lhôte, Director General of the Confederation of European paper industries

 

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18 Dec.2017

Reaction of European paper industry to LULUCF deal

The LULUCF agreement is a good deal that not only provides the right flexibilities but builds on the sustainable forest management practices that work and continue to grow EU forests” says Sylvain Lhote, Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI)

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