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04 Jun.2014

Resource efficiency in the Pulp and Paper Industry - Making more from our natural resources

We know that the world’s growing population is putting increasing pressure on global resources and that the world’s current consumption patterns are simply not sustainable in the longer term. As the world’s finite supply of fossil fuels diminishes, in direct contrast to the increasing demands of a larger population, we will need to move to a circular economy based on renewable resources and optimum efficiency. In contrast to the linear model of take, make, dispose, a circular economy is a framework that takes insights from living systems. It considers that our systems should work like organisms, processing nutrients that can be fed back into the cycle, whether biological or technical, which is where phrases such as “closed loop” or “regenerative” come in.

It’s also why we believe Europe’s paper industry has a very bright future – because it is already a benchmark model of resource efficiency and a perfect fit for the circular economy. It is inherently sustainable by nature: Based on renewable, recyclable raw materials, Europe’s paper industry can produce second-generation biofuels to replace crude oil as well as renewable bio-based products. It provides packaging solutions to avoid food waste and it uses residues from the woodworking industry as its raw materials.

CEPI has just published a folder illustrating resource efficiency examples in the pulp and paper industry. You can download the full publication here.

On the thematic pages included in this folder you’ll find lots of concrete examples of how the pulp and paper industry is already living the circular economy. The 7 themes that compose the publication are listed below and can be downloaded separately:

Wood: The renewable heart of the sector

Recycling: An industry leading the way

Waste: No such thing!

Water: Used only with care

Energy efficiency: An industry lighting the way

Paper industry: A key player in the circular economy

Industrial symbiosis: A win-win solution

For more information on resource efficiency and the European paper industry, please contact CEPI Senior Raw Materials manager Ulrich Leberle at u.leberle@cepi.org.

 

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27 Mar.2014

CEPI receives two-star 'Ecodynamic company' label

The Brussels regional energy and environment agency renewed CEPI's two-star 'Ecodynamic company' label. This award is delivered to Brussels-based associations and companies with high environmental quality standards. 

We are very proud to have received this honour. A big thank you to the staff members who worked on the application and helped obtain the label. Here it is!

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12 Mar.2014

CEPI at the Innovation Convention 2014

CEPI had a stand at the European Commission's Innovation Convention next to Google glass and Microsoft!

Our stand was focused on Deep Eutectic Solvents, the winner of the Two Team Project. As you can in this photo, it was a big success. It gathered interest from participants with different profiles, ranging from European Commission employees to students, companies and scientists.

We would like to thank Sappi for providing the material for the stand as well as Eindhoven university for sending a PhD student who did an excellent job explaining the technical side of DES.

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CEPI staff members explaining Deep Eutectic Solvents and the Two Team Project

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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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