Product Innovation

The European paper industry is a highly innovative sector. Its strategic vision of reconciling sustainability and competitiveness, the inherent properties of its raw materials, and the transformation the sector is going through are already delivering new products, new technologies, new bio-values, and business opportunities. In 2011, Cepi launched the 2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bioeconomy, as the very first European manufacturing industry sector to react to the European Commission’s roadmap towards a low-carbon economy with its own sector roadmap. The Two Team Project, which ran in 2013, seeked to find the most innovative breakthrough technologies of the industry with two teams competing against each other. Eight breakthrough technologies made it to the publication. In 2015, Cepi collected more than 40 of the industry’s most innovative products in another publication, “The Age of Fibre”, showcasing once again the versatility and innovation in the industry. Cepi is also a founding member of the European Bioeconomy Alliance.

From November 2012 onwards, it was decided to give more visibility to research and innovation in the paper sector, but also to focus on the role that young researchers play today and are expected to play tomorrow in building the future of the sector. Since then, Cepi organises the European Blue Sky Awards where every year three researchers from all over Europe are distinguished for their work. The goal is to stimulate competition between students and young 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. 

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:  European forest-based materials research recognised among the world’s best, holds potential to clean up global waters from plastics 

Press release: European forest-based materials research recognised among the world’s best, holds potential to clean up global waters from plastics 

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: Cepi annual statistics show factors behind the resilience and strong performance of the European pulp and paper industry

Press release: Cepi annual statistics show factors behind the resilience and strong performance of the European pulp and paper industry

Press release:   The EU Parliament shows ambition on forest sinks, not on materials substitution

Press release: The EU Parliament shows ambition on forest sinks, not on materials substitution

How does the competitive European industry contribute to climate neutrality?

How does the competitive European industry contribute to climate neutrality?

Press release:  A series of EU Parliament votes on Fit for 55 sends wrong signals on industry decarbonisation & bioeconomy development

Press release: A series of EU Parliament votes on Fit for 55 sends wrong signals on industry decarbonisation & bioeconomy development

Press release: Forest fibre could be the future of Europe’s textile industry

Press release: Forest fibre could be the future of Europe’s textile industry

Press release:  EU Commission Proposal for a Regulation on ecodesign underlines important principles of sustainability

Press release: EU Commission Proposal for a Regulation on ecodesign underlines important principles of sustainability