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23 Nov.2016

European paper industry unveils major investment agenda to drive towards its 2050 vision

CEPI foresees 40% more investment to transform industry and lead the low-carbon bioeconomy in Europe.

At the 18th edition of annual event European Paper Week, CEPI’s new Director General Slyvain Lhôte and its Chairman, Peter Oswald (CEO Mondi Group, Europe & International Division) outlined industry’s ambitious investment agenda towards achieving its 2050 vision of a low carbon, resource efficient bioeconomy.

Building on the roadmap it had laid out in 2011 industry reaffirms its vision of leading Europe’s bioeconomy transition towards 2050 by cutting its carbon footprint by 80% while creating more than 50% more added value.

“Investment will be the cornerstone of making this industry transformation happen in Europe“ said Sylvain Lhôte at the High Level Session at European Paper Week. We project the need for 40% more investment to transform our industry base and seize new market opportunities. This can happen in Europe if we align European policies, our research efforts and financing conditions. Our agenda goes against the gloom prevailing in so many industries. For CEPI, getting the conditions right to invest more in Europe will be the priority.

Industry currently invests €3 to €3.5 billion euro per year in Europe. The capital expenditure to deploy decarbonisation technologies in Europe and develop production of new bio-based products would require an additional €44 billon by 2050 or in other words 40% more than current levels.

The key findings of the roadmap review that CEPI experts carried out in 2016 are now available for consultation from stakeholders. The goal is to broaden the collective input of the document through seeking consultation with key stakeholders on enabling conditions for industry transformation and to table a revised roadmap early 2017. An online version of the roadmap can be consulted here.

For further information on our 2050 roadmap please contact Bernard de Galembert at b.degalembert@cepi.org or by phone (+32) 262 749 27. For press related enquiries please contact Ben Kennard at b.kennard@cepi.org or by phone (+32) 487 3921 82

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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 the industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 505 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 920 paper mills. Together they represent 23% of world production.
 

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21 Nov.2016 ,

18th edition of European Paper Week opens with a renewed focus on innovation, investment and future skills

CEPI, the organisation representing the European paper industry has opened its 18th edition of its annual event European Paper Week welcoming nearly 350 movers and shakers from the across the European paper industry and the four corners of the globe.


This year’s programme set the tone for its positive agenda ahead as we enter 2017. At this year’s event attendees will be provided with the opportunity to meet CEPI’s new Director General, Sylvain Lhôte as well as its Chairman, Peter Oswald (CEO Mondi Group, Europe & International Division).
The highlight of this year’s event, the high-level session includes notable speakers such as Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator of the Financial Times, Lucrezia Reichlin of the London Business School, Signe Ratso, Director, DG TRADE, the EIB as well as Moody’s. The discussion will reflect on global economic trends and the investment implications for the European paper industry.


As an indication of the strides forward industry has made on the innovation agenda this year’s event will open with ten young researchers showcasing their industry-changing ideas. Three of them will be in line for the prestigious global Blue Sky Innovation Award to be launched for the first time in 2017.


This will be complemented on Wednesday by a session dedicated to the 2017 prospects for the energy market and a joint session with our partners from RISI on the global market outlook ahead. During this discussion we will be joined by Innventia who will present their groundbreaking"Cellulose-Based Society" report.


On top of this together with our trade union partners Industriall we will discuss the need for policymakers to tip the balance in favour of supporting the skills and competences necessary for the bioeconomy transition. Most significantly we will address the outcome of European Commission study demonstrating the financial burden of EU regulations and the detrimental impact on industry’s ability to reinvest and to ensure industrial transformation happens in Europe.


Finally our new Director General will launch the discussion on the way forward for our 2050 Roadmap outlining industry’s vision to move forward on the path towards a low-carbon, circular bioeconomy by 2050 in Europe, for Europe. This roadmap will be immediately open for contributions from stakeholders.
For more information please contact Ben Kennard at b.kennard@cepi.org or by phone (+32) 487 3921 82


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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 the industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus
Norway) CEPI represents some 505 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 920 paper mills. Together they represent 23% of world production.
Website: http://www.cepi.org/
 

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19 Sep.2016 ,

European Paper Week 2016 registration is open

European Paper Industry – Navigating towards the future

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) has kicked off registration for European Paper Week (EPW), taking place on 22-24 November in Brussels. The event will offer for the 18th time a unique opportunity to liaise with the movers and shakers in the European paper industry. This year, it promises exciting new features: more networking opportunities with a welcome cocktail, a new location at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels city centre and a focus on the key topic of future employee skills and education, to name but a few.

“European Paper Industry - Navigating towards the future” will be the overriding theme. Our sector is navigating in stormy weather, facing a significantly challenging political and economic climate. However, it has a clear vision for 2050. Indeed, EPW will see the launch of a reviewed 2050 Roadmap, examining 80% decarbonisation with 50% added value, five years after the highly-popular first edition.

CEPI is honoured to have Financial Times chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman, as the moderator of the main EPW session. He and London Business school professor Lucrezia Reichlin will give valuable insights on the global economy and its impact on our industry. In addition, we will look deeply into the means to ensure the sector receives the necessary future investments.

This year’s event will also be the first for recently-appointed CEPI Director General, Sylvain Lhôte, at the helm of the association since the beginning of September. With many years of experience in Brussels and other industries and a newcomer in the sector, Sylvain is ready to make a mark, starting at EPW.

A detailed programme and registration information are available at www.cepi.org/epw. If you need any further information don’t hesitate to email us at epw@cepi.org.

The event will be held in conjunction with the PPI 2016 Awards, taking place on 21 November.
 

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19 Sep.2016 ,

Response to Commission public consultation on reduced VAT rate for e-books and periodicals

Short summary: The proposal to reduce the VAT rate for e-books will not necessarily reduce the current price of e-books, as publishers may not pass this reduction to the end consumer. On the other hand, if the VAT increases for print products, this will inevitably reduce print book sales, as consumers will need to pay more. If the proposal leads to replacing printed books with e-books, we would find it unfair and not aligned with the general interest. These concerns should be addressed by maintaining the current reduced VAT rates for paper books, newspapers and periodicals and ensuring an equal and neutral treatment for both technologies. In addition, the Commission should encourage Member States to make full use of the possibility to reduce the VAT rate they apply to both printed products and e-books.

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07 Sep.2016

Sylvain Lhôte takes up duty as Director General

As of 5 September, Sylvain Lhôte is at the helm of CEPI. Appointed by CEPI’s Board in June 2016, Sylvain brings 25 years of government and public affairs expertise working with leading material technology and manufacturing industries on climate and energy policies, sustainability and industrial affairs, as well as competition and international trade issues.

Prior to joining CEPI, he was Vice-president Governmental Affairs and Business Development in the EMEA Region for Alcoa, the aluminium and metals engineering group. He previously directed EU and sustainability affairs for the Borealis Group, in the base chemicals and plastics industry. He also chaired FleishmanHillard’s Public Affairs practice in Europe and headed its environment department advising major trade associations and industries in the field of sustainability policies and PA strategies. Sylvain started his career in parliamentary cabinets at the European Parliament and at the French National Assembly.

A French national, Sylvain studied political sciences, international law and business administration at Strasbourg and Paris-Sorbonne Universities and post-graduated cum laude in European Administration at the College of Europe in Bruges.
 

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