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25 Jun.2014

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

The paper recycling rate in Europe reached 71.7% in 2013. The total amount of paper collected and recycled in the European paper sector remains stable at just over 57 million tonnes, despite decreasing paper consumption in Europe.

Recycling has increased by 45% (18 million tonnes) since 1998, the base year for the first voluntary commitment set in the European Declaration on Paper Recycling by the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC).

The European paper recycling rate is starting to level out and keeping it at a high rate is becoming progressively more challenging. Not only are quantities changing but so are the different paper consumption patterns.

The continuing sharp decline in newspaper consumption will significantly affect overall paper recycling levels, as newspapers are traditionally one of the best recycled paper products along with corrugated boxes. Conversely, tissue and sanitary paper consumption is increasing but cannot be accepted for recycling due to hygiene reasons. Overall, 21% of paper consumption is not recyclable or collectable.

The large majority of the 11 European countries currently still under a 60% recycling rate have reported an improved performance. In parallel, 13 European countries have already exceeded the targeted 70% recycling rate. Paper fibre is now recycled an average of 3.5 times in Europe, far exceeding the world-wide average of 2.4.

“Making recycling easy and simple year after year requires a huge effort by the paper value chain, and we are pleased to report the positive results”, says ERPC chairwoman Beatrice Klose. “Despite challenging circumstances, paper recycling has continued to perform consistently well”, she concludes.

Secure access to raw materials has become an increasingly strategic economic issue in Europe. Paper recycling is truly an industry “made in Europe”. In line with EU policies, this industry should be properly safeguarded to remain so. The paper recycling sector is ready and able to add more green jobs, skills and innovations to the European circular economy.

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For more information, please contact the ERPC Secretariat, Jori Ringman, at +32 2 627 49 19, +32 478 255070 (gsm), erpc@cepi.org or visit www.paperforrecycling.eu


Notes to Editor:

• 2013 ERPC Monitoring Report: http://www.paperforrecycling.eu/publications/erpc-publications
• The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) was set up as an industry self-initiative in November 2000 to monitor progress towards meeting the paper recycling targets set out in the 2000 European Declaration on Paper Recycling. Since then the commitments in the Declaration are renewed every five years.
In 2011, the ERPC committed itself to meeting and maintaining both a voluntary recycling rate target of 70% in the EU-27 plus Switzerland and Norway by 2015 as well as qualitative targets in areas such as waste prevention, ecodesign, and research and development.
• Members of ERPC are ACE, CEPI, CITPA, EMFA, ERPA, ETS, INGEDE, INTERGRAF, FEPE. Supporters include the EuPIA, FINAT, RADTECH Europe. The European Commission, DG Environment and DG Enterprise, are permanent observers of the ERPC.
 

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24 Jun.2014

ICFPA: Global Forest Products Industry Promotes Contributions to and Benefits of Forest-based Bioeconomy

WASHINGTON – The 22nd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO 22) of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is currently taking place in Rome, Italy, June 23-27. On the agenda are discussions about the forest-based bioeconomy and the socioeconomic benefits of forests, which are both supported by the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA).

Serving as the forest products industry’s advocate at the interna¬tional level, the ICFPA promotes the industry’s multiple benefits and contributions to the bioeconomy, which include resource efficiency, recycling, bio-based products, innovative technologies, carbon sequestration, and improving the well-being of communities.

“The global forest products industry has the potential to answer the increasing demand for sustainable products,” said ICFPA President Donna Harman. “Through sustainable forest management, our industry provides products people need – like food, energy and shelter – while also developing innovative solutions to challenges posed by the growing world population.”

ICFPA members participate in the FAO’s Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI), where they provide expert advice and make recommendations to the FAO on forestry, the forest products industry and related topics.

“For the FAO Forestry Programme, our long-standing collaboration with the private sector through ACSFI and ICFPA provides a valuable platform for increasing our delivery,” said FAO Assistant Director General Eduardo Rojas. “We see clear benefits from using private sector forestry and forest industry groups as a sounding board for strengthening our actions under the FAO Strategic Objectives. Their ideas on eliminating food insecurity and making forestry more productive and sustainable are of great value for us.”

The ICFPA represents some 30 national and regional forest and paper associations around the world. Together, ICFPA members represent nearly 90 percent of global paper production and 60 percent of global wood production.

For more information about the sustainability of the global forest and paper industry, visit icfpa.org.

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24 Jun.2014

Social Dialogue of the European paper sector

 

Joint resolution

Drawing the conclusions of a working group meeting of the European Social Dialogue Committee for the Paper Sector on the EU bio-energy policy in the context of the current and future climate and energy ambitions of the European Union, IndustriAll European Trade Union and CEPI participants:

• Acknowledge the potential benefits that bio-energy can deliver in terms of climate change mitigation, as well as increased security of energy supply. These benefits can be delivered if certain conditions are fulfilled, in particular in terms of reliable carbon accounting, and in terms of sustainable sourcing of the feedstocks.
• Stress the fact that the pulp and paper sector, as an energy-intensive industrial sector which is facing high raw material prices on the biomass market at the same time, is in a difficult position. Hence, the impact of the EU bio-energy policy on competitiveness and employment in the European pulp and paper sector is of major concern to us.
• Identify a risk of distorted competition on the biomass markets, mainly due to the targets set and the related support/subsidies mechanisms put in place by the Member States.

Therefore, IndustriAll European Trade Union and CEPI call on the EU to:

• Strengthen policies that proportionally promote the efficient use/conversion of biomass;
• Establish a real sustainable biomass supply policy that supports the current demand-driven policies. Such policy should include provisions to increase the biomass potential in Europe, and to better mobilise the needed feedstocks.
• Place the “cascading use” principle at the core of its climate and energy policy, with a view to ensure the most efficient use of the available biomass, in particular to contribute to the EU growth and jobs objectives.
• Identify and possibly remove subsidies that encourage inefficient use of biomass and distort fair competition on the biomass markets.

 

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09 May.2014

Global Forest and Paper Industry Highlights Benefits of Bio-based Packaging at Interpack Trade Fair

WASHINGTON/Brussels – On May 9, the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) will participate in the special event International Coalition Bio-based Packaging: A Green Food Saver at the 2014 Interpack trade fair held in Düsseldorf, Germany. ICFPA is partnering on the event with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Technology Research Centre of Finland (VTT).


“Paper-based packaging plays an important role in minimizing food waste,” said ICFPA President Donna Harman. “By providing bio-based means to transport, protect and preserve food, our industry is helping to meet the needs of the growing global population.”
Paper-based packaging is made from a renewable resource – well-managed forests – and delivers a sustainable packaging option to bring food from the field to the home safely and in excellent condition: corrugated boxes protect food when it is shipped to stores; paperboard is used to package food for efficient stocking and display; and paper bags give customers an environmentally-friendly way to transport their purchases.


In addition, new and innovative paper-based packaging is continuously developed to increase functional use – including optimal food preservation – and to better serve consumers.


Paper and paper-based packaging industries around the world make great efforts to recover, and increase recovery of, their products for recycling. Independent data indicate that the global recovery rate for corrugated paperboard packaging is approaching 90 percent.


“On top of that our sector’s use of natural, renewable bio-based resources together with our knowledge of paper recycling systems, fiber processing and of wood and fiber chemistry qualifies us as a major player in the bio-economy. Well-positioning the paper-based packaging sector for the future, “stressed Teresa Presas, Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries and member of the ICFPA.


The ICFPA represents more than 30 national and regional forest and paper associations around the world. Together, ICFPA members represent nearly 90 percent of global paper production and 50 percent of global wood production.

CEPI is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry in 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.


For more information about the sustainability of the global forest and paper industry, visit icfpa.org.

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24 Jan.2014

Focus is back on industry in EU policy, but will it work?

The fact that the 2030 Energy and Climate package includes an analysis of energy costs and was published together with the European Industrial Renaissance Communication is a landmark shift in EU policy. The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) interprets this as a signal showing the European Commission is starting to take industrial competitiveness seriously. However, there are still important steps to be taken.

In practice, this new package will not change the competitiveness of industry in the short run. The high pile of documents released by the Commission analyses and promises, but at the end it only proposes one legal act – the change of the EU ETS. In this regard, CEPI welcomes the Commission proposal to keep EU ETS unchanged up to 2020 to give the necessary stability for investments in EU industry. But is this enough?

The Commission finally acknowledged energy prices in Europe are uncompetitive, as electricity costs for industry are twice that of US competitors. It also rightfully recognised the way the EU supported renewable energy was unsustainable. It is now up to EU member states to change this. But more is needed. The gas market needs to be reformed. Energy interconnections between EU member states need to increase urgently.

The impact on European competitiveness of a 40% CO2 reduction target by 2030 for the entire EU economy cannot be underestimated either. The suggested changes by the Commission for industrial sectors will require emission reductions of 43% in 2030, 65% in 2040 and 87% in 2050. The European Council in March needs to assess the feasibility of this package in detail and develop tools that support the deployment of innovative low-carbon solutions in industry. This is especially needed, if no further global action is taken and the EU Economy does not improve.

Additionally, the cost of decarbonising the current power sector - a key challenge - is not addressed. This will most likely increase electricity bills, which the European Commission accepted as being too high already. The EU will have to explore new models of decarbonising the power sector, other than via the carbon price alone.

Specifically related to the European pulp and paper industry, CEPI applauds the long awaited recognition of the negative impact of subsidised bioenergy on EU wood markets. And CEPI welcomes the announcement in the 2030 Energy and Climate package to further explore funding tools for breakthrough technologies.

But the bottom line is: policy needs to be put into practice. “We appreciate the refocus on industrial policy. It is a good sign that the Commission recognises again our role in creating jobs and growth for Europe. However, the proposed measures for an effective industrial policy need to be translated into concrete actions as soon as possible”, said Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General.


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


Note to the Editor

2030 Energy and Climate Package from the European Commission:
http://ec.europa.eu/energy/2030_en.htm

Industrial renaissance Communication:
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/initiatives/mission-growth/index_en.htm

 

 

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08 Jan.2014

Sustainable paper industry leads bioeconomy efforts in Europe

CEPI releases 6th biennial sustainability report

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) launched their latest sustainability report at the European Paper Week in Brussels. The report results verify the exceptional concurrence of sustainability and competitiveness in the European pulp and paper industry. The industry is exemplary in creating value “made in Europe”, focusing on innovation and resource efficiency, while advancing the bioeconomy.

Being resource efficient and reducing raw material consumption makes both sustainable and economic sense. A good example in the European pulp and paper industry is the use of residues from papermaking to produce renewable energy. The industry reduced their CO2 emissions per tonne of product by 43%. Additionally, turning residues from recycling operations into useful products is an interesting illustration of the circular economy. On top of that the European paper recycling rate is at a world record level of 71.7%.

Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, emphasised the importance of the paper industry in Europe: “Our industry is creating value “made in Europe”. As the sustainability report shows more than 82% of our raw materials come from Europe and most of our suppliers are European companies. 23% of our products “made in Europe” are exported to the global market. This unique case should not be taken for granted and we aim at continuous improvement in adverse conditions. “

The European pulp and paper industry is at the core of the bioeconomy, producing not only the original bio-based product that paper is, but also products that replace fossil fuel-based products. In this way, the industry has become a strategic sector in the EU economy, actively. As the crisis has accelerated structural changes in the industry since the last report in 2011, pulp and paper companies have started looking in a systematic way at new business models and new products.

Sustainability is a vision towards a business development based on sustainable practices that address society’s key challenges on a long lasting basis and the paper industry is facing a few challenges ahead. Resource scarcity and climate change are amongst the most critical challenges, in addition to a missing investment friendly environment in Europe that supports jobs and social benefits.

 

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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

Download CEPI’s 6th Sustainability report: http://www.cepi-sustainability.eu/

Video interviews of CEPI Directors on sustainability: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL53E43E5E81A581E8&feature=edit_ok

Sustainability messages summarised (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDSifOUXhX0&feature=c4-overview&list=UU52Y4zM-iRSb22hrUBgvGgQ

 

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07 Jan.2014

Teresa Presas to leave CEPI in May 2014

After 10 years at the helm of CEPI, the Brussels-based Confederation of European Paper Industries, Teresa Presas has decided to leave the organisation at the end of May this year. In the coming months she will ensure a smooth transition of the leadership of CEPI to her designated successor Marco Mensink, who has already worked with Teresa as CEPI’s Deputy Director General for the last two years.

Mrs. Presas commented, "It has been ten years of an enriching experience and of relentless work. In the last years, we have consolidated our organisation, successfully defended its interests and laid out our long-term vision for the sector in the CEPI 2050 Roadmap.
The coming years will be about implementation at the different levels, including the progression of the breakthrough concepts that came out of the Two Team project. Therefore, it is a good moment for me to leave the organisation and move on to another life. I wish my colleague and successor Marco Mensink every success in the future".

During her time as Director General, Teresa forged a strong team of professionals that has taken CEPI to new heights and has proven itself as a very effective player in the Brussels scene.

"Teresa has turned CEPI into a highly credible and constructive partner to the EU institutions that lives up to its members expectations of bringing added value to the European pulp and paper industry. On behalf of the total membership of CEPI I thank Teresa for her hard work and for her legacy and I wish her all the best in her future endeavours” said Gary McGann, newly appointed chairman of CEPI.

“On behalf of all the members I also congratulate Marco Mensink on his appointment as Teresa’s successor as Director General of CEPI on June 1st 2014.”

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

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06 Jan.2014

Introducing the new CEPI Chairman: Gary McGann, Group CEO of Smurfit Kappa

“The competitiveness of industry needs to be on top of the EU agenda”

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary McGann as its new Chairman. Mr McGann is Group CEO of Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s leading paper-based packaging companies headquartered in Ireland. He commenced as Chairman of CEPI on 1 January 2014, succeeding outgoing chairman, Mr Jussi Pesonen.

 On his appointment, Mr McGann stated that the global competitiveness of Europe remains an issue that needs to be addressed by the EU. “The pulp and paper industry is a leading sector in the bio-economy with a large renewable energy and raw material base. 82% of our raw materials are sourced in Europe and we produce 23% of the world’s pulp and paper products. But our industry – made in Europe – suffers from a lack of a favourable business climate in Europe”, said Mr McGann.

“As Chairman, I will support the CEPI Board and team in its effort to advance European competitiveness. The EU needs to create a complete single market and address areas such as energy policy. There is a need for greater certainty in regulation and creating an environment for industry which is enabling and makes business more efficient and more effective. We must also focus on delivering financial sustainability as much as environmental sustainability for industry in Europe”, added Mr McGann. “I believe CEPI has an important role to play in advancing these issues within the EU and ensuring competitiveness is on the agenda. CEPI and its team has a proven track record of successfully representing the paper industry at the highest level in Brussels and I look forward to working with them in the period ahead”.

Gary McGann became CEO of Smurfit Kappa in November 2002. Mr McGann is also Chairman of Aon Ireland, a director of IBEC (Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation), a director of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a member of the ERT (European Round Table of Industrialists). Mr McGann joined the (then) Jefferson Smurfit Group in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer and he holds a Master’s Degree in Management Science.

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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


Smurfit Kappa: Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world, with around 41,000 employees in approximately 350 production sites across 32 countries and with a sales revenue of €7.3 billion in 2012. Smurfit Kappa is operating in 21 countries in Europe and is also the only large scale pan regional player in the Americas, operating in 11 countries in total in North, Central and South America


Website: www.smurfitkappa.com


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.

Website: http://www.cepi.org/ mail@cepi.org

 

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12 Dec.2013

CEPI Guidance for revised EN643 published

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) launched a pocket-size guidance document that details the changes in the revised EN643 European List of Standard Grades of Paper and Board for Recycling. The association also announced that they will organise a webinar on the EN643 revision on 19 December 2013.

CEPI advises all organisations and individuals involved in trade with paper and board for recycling, to prepare for the introduction of the updated standard. Many multinational companies are already implementing the new EN643 standard into their IT-systems, such as SAP. The new text includes several major improvements, including a grade-specific tolerance level for non-paper component and more detailed descriptions per grade.

CEPI issued a guidance describing the changes in the updated EN643, whilst national standardisation bodies in Europe are preparing for the official launch early 2014. The guidance was first presented at European Paper Week in English, but will soon be available in German, French, Spanish and Polish. Other languages may follow at a later stage.
Paper industry experts will be available for question and answers at a webinar organised by CEPI on 19 December 2013 at 10 am. During the webinar CEPI staff will describe the changes in the EN643 standard in detail and will allow for enough time to answer all queries.
 

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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
Download EN643 guidance at www.cepi.org/en643

 

 

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11 Dec.2013

Forest-based sector launches children book during European Forest Week

“The Unexpected Forest” features adventures from Spik and Booksy in the forest – a lovely story that describes sustainable forest management and timber use without the usual facts and figures

Four main forest related European associations – namely the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF), the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR), the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), and the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) – published jointly a children book that explains in a carefully scripted story the concept of sustainable forestry and forest industries. They launched the book together with Santa Claus during the European Forest Week in his hometown Rovaniemi, Finland this week.
“Our friend Big Oak is threatened by a great danger!”


The charmingly illustrated booklet entitled “The Unexpected Forest” features Spik the pencil and Booksy the notebook, who go into the wood and discover the secrets of the forest. They realise they are part of a larger cycle, that starts with sustainable forest management. Spik and Booksy meet with the people working in the forest and with forest products and learn that they themselves once came from the forest.

The book was written by Magali De Rijck and beautifully illustrated by Roseline d’Oreye. Published by CEI-Bois, CEPF, CEPI and EUSTAFOR, it is already available in English, French, Swedish and German. It is meant to reach youngsters between the ages of 5-8 years old, to help educate them on the importance of forests and forest products in their daily lives.

Paper copies of this limited edition booklet are available on request.

 


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Note to the editor

European Forest Week, 9-13 December 2013: http://www.fao.org/forestry/efw2013/events/en/
The European Forest Week constitutes events in Rovaniemi and throughout Europe, highlighting the contribution of forests, forest products and services to a green economy. It raises the visibility of the forest sector and the multiple services forests contribute to daily live

CEPF - Confederation of European Forest Owners
European Forestry House
66, Rue du Luxembourg
B-1000 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 2392300
office@cepf-eu.org
www.cepf-eu.org

CEI-Bois - European Confederation of Woodworking Industries
Rue Montoyer 24
BE-1000 Brussels
T: +32 2 556 25 85
info@cei-bois.org
www.cei-bois.org

CEPI - Confederation of European Paper Industries AISBL
250 Avenue Louise, box 80
B-1050 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 627 4911
mail@cepi.org
www.cepi.org

Eustafor - European State Forest Association AISBL
European Forestry House
Rue du Luxembourg 66
1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 239 23 00
office@eustafor.eu
www.eustafor.eu

 

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