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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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Note to the Editor


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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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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26 Nov.2013

Unfolding the potential of Print Media

The leaflet outlines how the cluster of industries which form the print media value chain - papermaking, paper converting, printing and publishing – are valuable contributors to the new low-carbon, resource-efficient and knowledge-based economy. This in turn contributes to the EU 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

PMG is an established network that meets regularly to discuss common issues, share best practice, and learn and benefit from the interdependence of the constituent players.

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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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16 Sep.2013

Open letter addressing DG Connect’s paper-free communication policy

The European Commission’s DG Connect committed to a paper -free communication policy in an article published on their website, but several organisations of the paper value chain including CEPI, Intergraf, FEDMA and FEPE answered in an open letter asking DG Connect not to abandon millions of citizens with their communication policy.

Paper-based communication remains very important for millions of Europeans, if one only thinks of all the people who do not have online access, they will be left behind if communication becomes paperless. Despite the benefits of digital technology, paper should be complementary to electronic media and not discarded. Printed communication remains essential for various reasons, it encompasses a big part of the European industry. Implementing this policy will in turn discriminate millions who value printed communication or depend on it as they do not have internet access.

The full letter is accessible here.

Further information on ‘Myths and Realities’ when it comes to paper here.

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