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29 Nov.2013

European Paper Week – Reinventing Growth

European paper industry focuses on sustainability and innovation

The European pulp and paper industry today concluded its 15th European Paper Week, focusing on sustainability and innovation in the sector under the theme “Reinventing Growth”. Within that context the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) presented its 6th sustainability report and the Two Team Project results. The exciting three-day event brought together over 350 people from the sector, related organisations as well as numerous representatives from the European institutions, providing a high-level platform for discussion.

European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik, welcomed CEPI’s 6th sustainability report and stressed that he is looking forward to the next report in a video message at CEPI’s Annual Meeting. He also sees the paper industry as one of the leading sectors in a circular economy.

The facts speak for themselves, -43% CO2 emissions per tonne of product since 1990, were recorded in the new report and a recycling rate of 71.7%. 65% of wood delivered to European mills is certified and accidents reduced by over 60% in the last 10 years. Recognising the achievements of the sector, former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson told the industry: “Sustainability is modernisation”.

In a panel, CEOs of the paper industry concentrated on the fact that the paper industry is a sustainable sector, stressing that sustainably also means financially viable.

The second part of the Annual Meeting featured European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard. She announced the winning concept of the Two Team Project, which was tasked to identify breakthrough technology concepts for the paper industry in its bid to lower CO2 emissions by 2050. “Global markets for resource and energy efficient solutions will grow. CEPI Roadmap 2050 and the ideas prepared in the Two Team Project show that the European pulp and paper industry is 'technology conscious' and ready for the future challenges. It's an example to be followed by other sectors.” she stressed.

The eight breakthrough technologies identified by the project are a combination of new ideas and of ideas that work in other sectors, but have never been utilised for the paper and pulp sector before. They include some cutting edge research findings as well as innovations that have not yet made it to the market. The solutions are not only found in technology, but also in new ways of working and even changes to the way production is measured today. More importantly, they can open up entirely new product portfolios for the future.

Commenting on the outcome, Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, said: “The results are beyond expectations. We believe the teams have found the key to the largest industrial breakthroughs in decades in our industry. However, the project went as far as any industry sector can go in organising an open innovation and it is up to the companies to take the next step and develop the concepts. This will need new forms of cooperation, and the support of European and national policy makers.“

The European Paper Week this year covered a large variety of topics related to EU policy and experts from different fields were able to debate EU-US trade discussions as well as European standards for paper for recycling and benefits of print media. Additionally, energy issues were discussed and young researchers received the opportunity to present their recent research results to a large audience of industry representatives.

The summary of the proceedings will be available in a few weeks time. The next European Paper Week will take place 25-27 November 2014 in Brussels.

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For more information, graphs or photos contact: Daniela Haiduc, d.haiduc@cepi.org or +32 473 562 936

Video Sustainability facts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDSifOUXhX0

Video message European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKfG0tCI31M&feature=c4-overview&list=UU52Y4zM-iRSb22hrUBgvGgQ

Presentations and Photos available as of Monday, 2 December 2012 at www.cepi.org/epw

About European Paper Week
European Paper Week is one of the most important and respected highlights of the pulp and paper industry calendar. It brings together key players and representatives from across industry, related sectors and the European institutions, providing an annual platform for high-level debate on the issues that really matter to the paper industry. Its success has been reflected in its growing attendance. This year the event took place in the Thon Hotel EU in the centre of Brussels, Belgium.

Twitter: @EUPaperWeek #epw13

CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 950 paper mills. Together they represent 23% of world production.
 

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28 Nov.2013

Breakthrough technologies set to revolutionise paper and pulp industry and provide climate solution

Industry calls for breakthrough technologies to be at the heart of the 2030 climate and energy package.

The European pulp and paper industry has searched for, and now found, breakthrough technology concepts which can enable a competitive future in Europe. The example is a fascinating case study from one of Europe’s energy intensive industries.


The European paper industry supplies a quarter of the global market, employs 185,000 people in 520 companies with a turnover of 75 billion per year.


At this year’s European Paper Week gathering in Brussels, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), unveiled eight concepts for breakthrough technologies that provide solutions which can enable the future of the industry in Europe. Each solution offers opportunity to create value, reduce costs, improve margins, radically change sector operations and allow massive decarbonisation.


In March 2011 the European Commission set a challenging target of -80% CO2 reductions by 2050. In November 2011 the paper industry launched its own 2050 Roadmap that analysed how to achieve this decarbonisation target while increasing value in the sector by 50%. One year later, the industry followed up by launching the Two Team Project which brought together the teams who have developed the eight concepts announced today.


In this year-long competition, two teams comprising of scientists, companies, suppliers and outsiders worked to identify viable concepts that would help the industry achieve its objectives. Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard announced the winning team and winning concept from among the eight finalists. She praised the efforts of the sector: “Global markets for resource and energy efficient solutions will grow. CEPI Roadmap 2050 and the ideas prepared in the Two Team Project show that the European pulp and paper industry is 'technology conscious' and ready for the future challenges. It's an example to be followed by other sectors.”


The winning concept is known as “deep eutectic solvents”. It is a brand new technology which, at low temperatures, breaks biomass down into constituent parts which can then be used in the paper and pulp industries. If utilised at scale this technology could radically change pulp and paper production around the world and replace some of the most energy intensive parts of the current process. Deep eutectic solvents have seen remarkable results at the laboratory scale. In the coming months and years, they will need to be further studied and developed.

Commenting on the outcome of the competition, Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, said: “The results are beyond expectations. While we have announced a winner, we are confident that all the shortlisted concepts have an important role to play. We believe the teams have found the key to the largest industrial breakthroughs in decades in our industry. Now policy must be developed to support the development of these technologies.”


Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, went on to say: “Policymakers once thought targets could be met with existing technology and behavioural change. That is wrong. Breakthrough technologies are needed to meet low carbon targets. Investments in innovation need to focus on breakthroughs, not on incremental growth. CEPI’s Two Team Project perfectly illustrates this”


Little effort is given to developing breakthrough innovations for the manufacturing sectors of tomorrow and industrial and climate policy have left this area untouched.


The Two Team Project went as far as any industry sector can go in organising an open innovation process and providing pre-competitive leads. It is now up to individual companies to take the next step and develop the concepts. This will need new forms of cooperation, and the support of European and national policy makers. The right conditions must be put in place to enable research, pilot, demonstration and investments.


The announcement of the winner will be followed by a seminar on Thursday 28th November in which eight finalists will have an opportunity to present their concepts to European Paper Week attendees.

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For more information, please contact Daniela Haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org, mobile: +32(0)473562936

Download the full Two Team Project report

The eight breakthrough technologies are a combination of new ideas and of ideas that work in other sectors, but have never been utilised for the paper and pulp sector before. They include some cutting edge research findings as well as innovations that have not yet made it to the market. The solutions are not only found in technology, but also in new ways of working and even changes to the way production is measured today. More importantly, they can open up entirely new product portfolios for the future. They are:

Deep Eutectic Solvents – the winner
A ground-breaking discovery: Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) produced by plants, opens the way to produce pulp at low temperatures and at atmospheric pressure. Using DES, any type of biomass could be dissolved into lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose with minimal energy, emissions and residues. They could also be used to recover cellulose from waste and dissolve ink residues in recovered paper.

Flash condensing with Steam
Waterless paper production? Very nearly. Largely dry fibres would be blasted into a forming zone with agitated steam and condensed into a web using one-thousandth the volume of water used today.

Steam
Using more energy to use less? You read it right. Using the full power of pure steam for superheated steam drying would save energy as most heat could be recovered and recycled. Steam will then be used as fibre carrier for making and forming paper.

Supercritical CO2
Neither gas nor liquid but somewhere in between, Supercritical CO2 (scCO2) is widely used in many applications, to dry vegetable, fruits and flowers, extract essential oils or spices. Suppliers for large consumer items use it to dye textile. Coffee and tea have been decaffeinated with scCO2 since the early 80s. We could use it to dry pulp and paper without the need for heat and steam, and why not dye paper or remove contaminants too, while we’re at it?

100% electricity
Shifting pulp and paper production to energy-efficient technologies using electricity rather than fossil fuel power to generate heat will cut all CO2 emissions as the power sector shifts to renewable energy. The sector would also provide a buffer and storage capacity for the grid, storing energy as hydrogen or pulp.

DryPulp for cure-formed paper
Imagine a papermaking process that uses no water. This is it. Fibres are treated to protect them from shear, and then suspended in a viscous solution at up to 40% concentration. The solution is then pressed out and the thin sheet cured with a choice of additives to deliver the end-product required.

Functional Surface
The key to unlocking greater added value from fewer resources depends on a shift to producing more lightweight products, and selling surface area and functionality rather than weight. Advances in sheet formation and new cocktails of raw materials will lead the way to the lightweight future.

The Toolbox to replicate
What about the great ideas that never make it? Put together a combination of process, material and equipment innovations as a toolbox of stepping stones to 2050 and the pathway becomes clearer, boosting sector and investor confidence.


 

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26 Nov.2013

Basta! Paper Industry Wants EU Economy To Be More Competitive

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is introducing a new campaign, calling for the EU to put the manufacturing industry at the heart of the European economy.

Due to launch in 2014 in time for the EU elections, ‘Basta! Get back on track!’ calls for the EU to reduce red tape, help win the global competitiveness race, rethink existing policies and put the focus back on industry. Demonstrating where European policy has gone wrong, the Basta! campaign will also highlight where EU policy has been well-implemented to support industry on a national level.

At European Paper Week, CEOs from Sappi Fine Paper Europe, UPM, Smurfit Kappa, Holmen, SCA, Portucel Soporcel, Stora Enso and Mondi, will come together to discuss the impact legislation can have on European competitiveness. The European manufacturing industry represents innovation, investment and jobs and it can help overcome the economic crisis – but not when legislation is contradicting, overlapping or disproportionate.

Teresa Presas, Director General of CEPI, said, “The paper industry wants to stay within a strong Europe setting a worldwide example. However, the current legislative situation is leading to imports of unemployment and exports of pollution. We urge policymakers to get back on track and focus on competitiveness. We say Basta! to the impact excessive legislative burdens are having on the manufacturing industry."

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11 Nov.2013

Why the EU-US TTIP needs to be top notch

Paper industry points out major topics for second round negotiations

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) supports the negotiations of an EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), aiming at the full liberalisation of bilateral trade in goods and services. Its largest potential benefits lie in raw materials and energy trade liberalisation, cooperation on rules and standards as well as future regulation frameworks, according to CEPI. The paper industry in the EU and the US will deliver relevant provisions for the agreement through a constructive sectoral dialogue.

Underlining the importance of this partnership CEPI Director General Teresa Presas stated: “We believe a well-negotiated partnership represents a strong potential driver for mutual job creation, economic growth and competitiveness in our industry. The EU and the US are significant players in the global pulp and paper market. They trade 4.5 million tonnes of pulp and paper every year and account for more than 40% of the worldwide production.”

The EU-US TTIP needs to explore trade liberalisation in the area of raw materials and energy. Here, the TTIP negotiations have to ensure free access to energy within the transatlantic market, particularly natural gas from the US. Gas prices in Europe have doubled since 2003, while shale gas has brought US gas prices to extraordinary low levels. Additionally, imports of chemicals into the EU are still affected by tariffs and starch imports are subject to substantial charges before entering EU markets.

Subsequently, cooperation on rules and standards could fetch higher efficiencies, lower compliance costs for industry as well as reduced administrative burden. The US and EU, for example, have both taken major steps when it comes to wood legality. The US implemented the Lacey Act several years ago and the EU recently adopted the Timber Regulation. The two schemes need to converge in scope and requirements and aim at a simplified declaration systems to become more effective in addressing illegal logging.

Additionally, CEPI considers it essential to promote cooperation at an early stage and set a framework for future consultations and impact assessments. Impact assessments on trade and investments flows should be prepared every time regulatory initiatives start. And analyses of existing regulations that come up for review are essential for increasing compatibility and coherence in regulation. Finally, cooperation on new and emerging issues such as nano-materials would help prevent future trade irritants.

More details in the CEPI position paper on the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: http://www.cepi.org/node/16581

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For more information, please contact Daniela Haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org, mobile: +32(0)473562936

Note to the Editor

EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership site: http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ttip

European Commission press release 11 November: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-1069_en.htm
 

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08 Nov.2013

Standardisation bodies vote to improve quality of paper recycling

CEPI advises industry to prepare for the updated EN643 standard


Paper and board for recycling is a very important secondary raw material for the European paper industry. To improve quality and the definition of grades for this raw material, the European List of Standard Grades of Paper and Board for Recycling is being revised by CEN - the European Committee for Standardisation. National standardisation bodies that are members of CEN, voted unanimously in favour of the update to the EN643 standard this week. This vote was the culmination of many years of work by the involved parties.


As a next step, the final text for the revised EN643 will be translated and published by CEN and its national standardisation bodies latest in February 2014. The CEN working group was able to agree on several improvements to the EN643, including a grade-specific tolerance level for non-paper components and more detailed descriptions per grade.

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) advises all organisations and individuals involved in trade with paper and board for recycling, to prepare for the introduction of the updated standard. Jori Ringman-Beck, CEPI Recycling and Environment Director, stressed: “Although this material has a waste status legally, it is important to push quality management through the whole supply chain.”

CEPI has been advocating responsible sourcing and quality management of paper for recycling over 10 years and is now organising an information session on the EN643 during the European Paper Week on 27 November in Brussels. Throughout the meeting CEPI experts will describe the detailed changes to the standard. In addition, CEPI is preparing a guidance document that explains the differences to the old EN 643 in a printed pocket-size format. It will first be available to participants at the European Paper Week.


CEPI and the European Federation representing the European waste management industry (FEAD), as well as the European Recovered Paper Association (ERPA) initiated the update of the standard by submitting a joint revision proposal back in May 2011. In April 2013 the CEN/TC172 Working Group 2 sent their recommendations for the EN643 revision to CEN for final approval and vote by their members.


Commenting on the vote, Mr Ringman-Beck said: “We are happy that the standardisation authorities agreed with the revisions further improving the EN643 standard. I believe the new EN643 will surely advance the quality of paper for recycling and improve paper recycling by eliminating unwanted materials early on in the paper recovery process. This is another contribution by CEPI, ERPA and FEAD to a resource efficient EU.“


For more information, please contact Daniela Haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org, mobile: +32(0)473562936


Note to the Editor

CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 950 paper mills. Together they represent 24% of world production.

European Paper Week: http://www.cepi.org/EPW

CEN standardisation bodies: http://www.cen.eu/cen/Members/Pages/default.aspx
 

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04 Nov.2013

Commission proposal will benefit Asian industry

The European paper industry closes the loop in paper recycling in Europe with a world record recycling rate of 72 %. The European Commission’s DG Environment is now disrupting the best practices that supported this, by an ill-advised proposal for end-of-waste for paper.


The European Commission proposal on end-of-waste criteria for paper jeopardises jobs and paper recycling in Europe. European paper industries’ competitors in Asia will benefit from the current proposal, as it facilitates exports of recovered paper, of which the collection is largely paid by European tax payers. The end-of-waste criteria - as they are currently set – would make shipments of this precious raw material to Asia simpler and increase pollution through transport and recycling in facilities with weaker environmental policies.


The European paper industry could be self-sufficient in using recovered paper from Europe. Instead, the Commission endangers its best practice example in resource efficiency: paper recycling. The European Parliament will vote on an objection to the end-of-waste criteria for paper in the Environment Committee on 5 November. In the resolution objecting the proposal cross-party MEPs declare that the European Commission has stepped outside its legal mandate.

Commenting on the resolution from the European Parliament Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, said: “It is obvious from past behaviour and from current communications by the Dutch traders and speculators of waste that their interests are contrasting the European paper industries’ interests. We are the buyers of recovered paper on the market, they want to sell.”

“As users of recovered paper we want to be able to set the quality specifications for our raw material. We hope the European Parliament and the European Commission will keep in mind that the original purpose of end-of-waste criteria is to facilitate recycling, not to obstruct it nor to burden the global environment!”, she stressed.

The jobs created by waste management companies are the same, whether the material they collect will be recycled in Europe or in Asia. But jobs and extra value in the re-processing and manufacturing industry are only kept in Europe, when the material is available in Europe. The end-of-waste criteria will cause a drop from 47 million tonnes to 37 million tonnes in paper recycling in Europe leading to closures of mills, including SMEs, and losses of 20,500 direct green jobs in the paper industry and additionally 140,000 indirect jobs in Europe.

The majority of EU member states at the Council and the whole European paper industry are opposed to the current end-of-waste criteria – not the end-of-waste principle as such. The European Commission failed to submit a justification for moving the point of end-of-waste from the current point after reprocessing in paper mills to before reprocessing. Furthermore, defining end-of-waste before recycling has actually taken place would cause problems in relation to a vast body of existing Community legislation such as eco-labels, public procurement, eco-design and REACH where ‘recycling’ is referred to.

Jori Ringman-Beck, CEPI Recycling and Product Director explained: The European Commission has changed the way it deals with End-of-Waste and the current proposal for paper is still reflecting the early thinking of DG Environment in this area. The bureaucratic inertia of DG Environment now means they are pushing for adoption of a proposal that was drafted years ago and does not fulfil its original purpose: to facilitate resource efficient paper recycling made in Europe. We have been asking for quite some time and will continue to ask DG Environment to reflect on the on-going discussions and to revise the criteria for end-of-waste for paper.”

According to the Commission proposal, this paper in its actual form is ready to use ‘recycled paper’ – i.e. to be put into a printer, drafting a document on or be awarded an EU Ecolabel.


For more information, please contact Daniela Haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org, mobile: +32(0)473562936


Note to the Editor

CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 950 paper mills. Together they represent 24% of world production.

Commission proposal for end-of-waste
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2013:0502:FIN:EN:PDF

Euractiv article Circular economy calls on the EU to think globally, act locally: http://www.euractiv.com/sustainability/circular-economy-calls-eu-think-analysis-531915

CEPI impact assessment of End-of-waste


 

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25 Sep.2013

Growth reinvented - CEPI announces European Paper Week 2013

The European Paper Week 2013 will take place 26-28 November at the EU Thon Hotel in Brussels. The pulp and paper industry's top management will meet to discuss with representatives of the value chain and policy makers.

This European Paper Week presents "Growth Reinvented". The paper industry added value and created new products for new markets in recent years – thus reinventing growth. Moreover, the CEPI 2050 Roadmap towards a low-carbon bio-economy has set up a pathway to the industry’s growth at a time of economic and financial crisis, helping to reignite industrial growth in Europe.

The Annual Meeting will feature European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard and European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik, as well as former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson. The pinnacle of this year's European Paper Week is the presentation of the highly-anticipated winning concept of the innovative CEPI Two Team Project.

In parallel, CEPI will launch its 6th sustainability report, highlighting the continuous improvements of the industry’s environmental performance. In addition, a number of seminars and information sessions will take place on current topics such as:

• Quality in Recycling The new EN643
• European Innovation Partnerships on raw materials The process
• EU-US Trade negotiations and the paper industry
and much more…

Additional information, including speaker names and the draft programme are available on the event website. Registrations are open at http://www.cepi.org/EPW/registration-epw and the early bird fee will be available until end September.
 

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For more information with regards to European Paper Week, please contact Daniela Haiduc, CEPI Communications and Public Affairs Manager at d.haiduc@cepi.org or +32 2 627 49 15.
 

Note to the Editor

European Paper Week: European Paper Week is the European paper and pulp industry’s biggest annual event gathering over 350 participants, from all areas and levels in the industry. The event extends over 3 days. European Paper Week 2013 will be the 14th edition of the event.

The Two Team Project: A successful delivery on the two objectives of the CEPI 2050 Roadmap – namely 80% decarbonisation of the industry and 50% value creation in 2050 – is only possible when breakthrough technologies are available by 2030. To achieve this, CEPI set up the Two Team Project. It consists of two teams – Red and Blue – that include experts, scientists, manufacturers, suppliers and representatives of the pulp and paper industry and other sectors competing in identifying technologies and/or processes that are more efficient, low carbon, better integrated and more sustainable. More at http://twoteam.unfoldthefuture.eu/


 

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23 Sep.2013

Forests and the forest-based sector are back on the EU radar screen

European paper industry welcomes new EU Forest Strategy


The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) welcomes the adoption of the new EU Forest Strategy by the European Commission. Most importantly, the Strategy will support the paper industry’s contribution to the European bio-based economy, as it comprises wood mobilisation as well as the “cascade” principle for wood use.


“The Forest Strategy will enable the full benefits of sustainable forest management in Europe at a time where the European paper industry is becoming a key contributor to the bio-based economy. It will help coordinate Member States and Commission acivities related to forests, while increasingly relying on wood as a valuable raw material”,
commented Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General.


CEPI welcomes several key points listed in the Strategy, notably (1) promoting the use of wood, (2) facilitating wood mobilisation, and (3) conveying a focus on research and innovation in the forest sector. Each of these areas are important to the competitiveness of the European paper industry as wood is a critical raw material for them.


Moreover, CEPI highly appreciates the reference to the “cascade” principle of wood use, which will help the EU use its wood more effectively. Furthermore, its inclusion shows that the Commission gives prominence to the creation of value and jobs in a strategic industry sector in Europe.


In addition, CEPI offers to support the Commission in the implementation of the new Forest Strategy, particularly via the Advisory Group on Forestry and Cork. CEPI is a member of this group and intends to play an active role.


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For more information, please contact Daniela Haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org, mobile: +32 (0) 473 562 936
 

Note to the Editor

Commission presents new EU forest strategy
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-850_en.htm
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-806_en.htm
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-803_en.htm


CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 950 paper mills. Together they represent 24% of world production.
 

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10 Sep.2013

End-of-Waste = End of recycling?

European Commission proposes end of recycling

The European Commission proposal on End-of-Waste (EoW) criteria for paper fails to address the objectives of increasing the quality and availability of paper for recycling and will have an adverse impact on making Europe a resource efficient recycling society.

Europeans are champions in paper recycling - but for how long? In 2012, 71.7% of paper consumed in Europe was recycled. Used paper has become the single most important raw material for the European paper industry with some mills being completely reliant on it for their feedstock. The Commission proposal threatens Europe’s ability to maintain its recycling rates for paper, let alone improve them.

The European Commission’s End-of-Waste criteria for paper move the recycling and EoW point from its current location at the paper mill to an earlier stage in the collection. As a result of this move ‘recycled paper’ will be unusable without further reprocessing.

The Commission cannot demonstrate any environmental benefit for doing this. As a result the European paper industry fears the new legislation risks a lower quality of paper for recycling and poses a threat to current high levels of paper recycling. In fact, as the Waste Shipment Regulation would no longer apply, environmental impact will be negative.

View pictures here: http://www.cepi.org/photogallery/endofwasteprotest

CEPI is displaying seven bales of paper for recycling in front of the European Commission’s Berlaymont building in Brussels.

“This is ‘recycled paper’, according to the Commission. CEPI challenges anyone to use it in their printer or to draft a legislative proposal on it”, remarked Jori Ringman, CEPI Recycling and Environment Director.

The amount of impurities in the output of end-of-waste would be 15,000 times higher than they are at this moment. Annually this will mean 1 million tonnes of impurities such as plastic bags allowed by the Commission in Europe. In addition, used paper that is no longer waste, shipped to countries outside of Europe would no longer be subject to equivalent environmental standards in the manufacture of paper products.

“With this proposal, the European Commission will be exporting pollution to the poor and importing unemployment to Europe”, said Jori Ringman, CEPI Recycling and Environment Director. “It all works against the idea of the EU becoming a resource efficient recycling society as well as against the re-industrialisation of Europe.”


For more information, pictures, video footage and interview requests, please contact Daniela Haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org, mobile: +32 473 562 936

Note to the Editor

Commission proposal for end-of-waste
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2013:0502:FIN:EN:PDF

European Paper Recycling: monitoring report
http://www.paperforrecycling.eu/uploads/Modules/Publications/WEB_lowres_Monitoring%20report%202012.pdf

CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 950 paper mills. Together they represent 24% of world production.

 

Press briefing on 10 September, Brussels

 

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09 Sep.2013

EMS Cross-Border: let subsidiarity and innovation prevail!


Following the publication of a recent independent report on longer trucks ordered by the Policy Department of the European Parliament, the EMS Forum urges the Members of the European Parliament to support the cross-border trials with and use of EMS vehicles between those Member States that allow their use and trials in their own territory.

The EMS Forum, bringing together industry stakeholders promoting the use of European Modular Concept (EMS) vehicle combinations in the EU, believes that Member States are best placed to decide whether they want to benefit from EMS vehicles or not.

The report concludes that ‘empirical evidence is difficult to find with regards to many of the primary concerns regarding LHVs. As a general rule, where empirical evidence is available, it tends to show better outcomes than those predicted by desk studies, with lower modal shift observed and little evidence of any negative effects on road safety.’

Overall the study concludes that cross-border use with EMS vehicles would help at-source greening road transport and steering combined transport and further support an efficient EU transport network involving all modes of transport, including road.

Last but not least, the 2011 White Paper recognizes that road transport will continue to be the predominant mode in EU freight transport. Hindering transport innovation in road freight transport will not achieve a resource-efficient sustainable EU transport system.

The Organisations saying yes to EMS represent shippers, freight forwarders, transport operators and vehicle manufacturers that are convinced that the modular concept is the right response from the road sector in order to decouple transport from its negative impact on the environment and to improve transport and logistics efficiency. An overview of these supporting organizations and companies can be found at the EMS website: http://www.modularsystem.eu/en/organisations_saying_yes_to_ems/

Download the press release here

Study on The Impact of Megatrucks


CEPI is a member of the EMS forum

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