Sustainability and Circularity

The European paper industry is building on decades of work done to make its industrial model sustainable and circular, making it one of the most sustainable industries in Europe. It relies on raw materials, pulp derived from processing wood, which is intrinsically sustainable as it comes from sustainably managed forests; it has achieved a 27% decarbonisation from 2005 to date and it has become and anchor industry for industrial symbiosis, sharing materials, energy heat and water. One of our initiatives under sustainability is 4evergreen, the alliance to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging in a circular and sustainable economy that minimises climate and environmental impact.

Paper is recycled at a rate of 71.9% (2018 data) in Europe, which is the highest recycling rate for paper in the world. Paper based packaging is even recycled at 84.6%. More paper based packaging is recycled than all other packaging materials combined. The paper industry thrives to further increase recycling and material use of recycling residues through the sharing of best practises and the development of cross-sectorial alliances.

For information on paper recycling, visit www.paperforrecycling.eu.

Activities

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

Statement: As a provider of solutions to the EU’s strategic dependencies, the pulp & paper sector must be allowed to ‘keep the lights on’

Statement: As a provider of solutions to the EU’s strategic dependencies, the pulp & paper sector must be allowed to ‘keep the lights on’

Europe’s bioeconomy is a readily available solution to the EU’s dependence on fossil fuels

Europe’s bioeconomy is a readily available solution to the EU’s dependence on fossil fuels

Joint position paper: Single-use vs Reuse

Joint position paper: Single-use vs Reuse

From news media to e-commerce & hygiene, we are changing how we consume paper & board, a new Cepi report shows

From news media to e-commerce & hygiene, we are changing how we consume paper & board, a new Cepi report shows

Cepi welcomes its newest member, the Hungarian Association of Packaging and Materials Handling

Cepi welcomes its newest member, the Hungarian Association of Packaging and Materials Handling

Thank you for joining Carbon Footprints for Paper and Board Products Online Webinar!

Thank you for joining Carbon Footprints for Paper and Board Products Online Webinar!

Press Release: Cepi pledges to support a transition towards Sustainable Products

Press Release: Cepi pledges to support a transition towards Sustainable Products