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

World Economic Forum Project on the Circular Economy to Include EcoDesign Pilot from CEPI

World Economic Forum Project on the Circular Economy to Include EcoDesign Pilot from CEPI

CEPI welcomes Commission intentions for meaningful recycling in Europe and identifies enabling measures for meeting ambitious targets

CEPI welcomes Commission intentions for meaningful recycling in Europe and identifies enabling measures for meeting ambitious targets

Best practice specifications for tendering the collection of Paper for Recycling

Best practice specifications for tendering the collection of Paper for Recycling

Joint press release: Adoption of the EU Circular Economy Package highlights the need to shift focus from waste to resource management

Joint press release: Adoption of the EU Circular Economy Package highlights the need to shift focus from waste to resource management

Paper recycling in Europe at 71.7% – A reliable performance secures access to valuable raw material

Paper recycling in Europe at 71.7% – A reliable performance secures access to valuable raw material

Customer Requests: CEPI recommends use of harmonised disclaimers for voluntary declarations in the European pulp and paper industry

Customer Requests: CEPI recommends use of harmonised disclaimers for voluntary declarations in the European pulp and paper industry

Guidelines for paper mills for the control of the content of unusable materials in recovered paper

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