Industry Transformation

The European pulp, paper and board industry is a world leader and a net exporter as well as the provider of 1.5 million direct and indirect jobs in Europe.

Pulp, paper and board are based on renewable raw materials originating from sustainable sources and are recyclable. They contribute directly and indirectly to environmental protection, climate action, green growth and sustainable development. They are manufactured by an industry that has substantially reduced its footprint on the environment, while reaching high social standards. At the core of the bio economy, is the production of not only the original bio-based product – paper and board, but also new and innovative products that can substitute for fossil fuel-based products through the efficient use of renewable raw materials.

EU markets have been fully open since January 2004, unlike some competitors in their home countries. About one third of EU paper and board exports face tariff barriers! The sector is seeking a level playing field for both its products and its raw materials through multilateral and bilateral negotiations and high level talks with EU trading partners. Free access to pulp and paper and board foreign markets, but also raw materials and energy is a must. Fair competition is also vital to the European pulp, paper and board industry and its workers, who need a strong set of trade defence tools.

Activities

Press release: Cepi welcomes European Commission’s fossil-averse proposal on carbon removal certification

Press release: Cepi welcomes European Commission’s fossil-averse proposal on carbon removal certification

Press release: European Commission proposal on packaging and packaging waste could build a world class circularity model where reuse and recycling are complementary  

Press release: European Commission proposal on packaging and packaging waste could build a world class circularity model where reuse and recycling are complementary  

Press release: New study shows paper industry could increase on-site renewable electricity and heat generation by 2030 

Press release: New study shows paper industry could increase on-site renewable electricity and heat generation by 2030 

Press release: Cepi joins forces with actors across the paper value chain and testing labs to update its European test method for paper recyclability

Press release: Cepi joins forces with actors across the paper value chain and testing labs to update its European test method for paper recyclability

Press release: Renewable, biogenic carbon should be favoured by the future EU certification scheme for carbon removals

Press release: Renewable, biogenic carbon should be favoured by the future EU certification scheme for carbon removals

Cushioning the impact of skyrocketing energy prices on the European wood fibre-based value chain, beyond winter 2022/2023

Cushioning the impact of skyrocketing energy prices on the European wood fibre-based value chain, beyond winter 2022/2023

Statement by energy intensive industries ahead of the extraordinary Energy Council of 30 September 2022

Statement by energy intensive industries ahead of the extraordinary Energy Council of 30 September 2022

Press release:  European Parliament votes shows a new long-term EU approach on energy takes shape, but will it pass the test of time? 

Press release: European Parliament votes shows a new long-term EU approach on energy takes shape, but will it pass the test of time? 

Joint letter on energy prices by energy intensive industries to the Czech Presidency of the EU Council

Joint letter on energy prices by energy intensive industries to the Czech Presidency of the EU Council

Press release:  The Paper value chain reached a 71.4% recycling rate in 2021

Press release: The Paper value chain reached a 71.4% recycling rate in 2021

Joint letter on energy prices by energy intensive industries to the Czech Presidency of the EU Council

Joint letter on energy prices by energy intensive industries to the Czech Presidency of the EU Council

Social Affairs

Attracting and retaining young people to the pulp and paper industry – EU project “Turn the Page” concludes

Attracting and retaining young people to the pulp and paper industry – EU project “Turn the Page” concludes

Paper workers and industry call for safeguards over unintended effects of EU climate policies on jobs, global competitiveness, and climate itself

Paper workers and industry call for safeguards over unintended effects of EU climate policies on jobs, global competitiveness, and climate itself

European Social Partners investigate skills and education needs for the paper industry

The paper sector social dialogue calls for boosting the re-industrialisation of the EU

The paper sector social dialogue calls for boosting the re-industrialisation of the EU