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30 Nov.2018 ,

Policy briefing: decarbonising whilst being recycling pioneer

The challenge: decarbonising whilst being recycling pioneer

SUMMARY FOR POLICY MAKERS

Delivering a circular economy, needs a successful European recycling industry. In September 2017 the European Commission published its “New Industrial Policy Strategy”. One of the key levers to create jobs, boost Europe's competitiveness, foster investment and innovation in clean and digital technologies, whilst “building on Europe's leadership in a low-carbon and circular economy”. The European paper industry fully supports this approach. The industry has already reduced carbon emissions by 26% since 2005, (now accounting for less than 1% of EU GHG emissions), reduced energy consumption by 11%, while increased the share of renewable energies to almost 60% of final energy. The industry delivered a 72.5% paper recycling rate, (making the EU the best performing region in the world) whilst at the same time developing innovative bio-based products.

The full document can be downloaded below.

For more information about the briefing, please contact Nicola Rega, CEPI's Climate Change & Energy Director at n.rega@cepi.org or (+32) 485 403 412.

 

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24 Oct.2018 ,

PRESS RELEASE: Despite a challenging international context, European paper recycling resilient in 2017

In view of its commitment to achieving a 74% paper recycling rate across Europe by 2020, the European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) today confirmed its latest recycling figure of 72.3% in its 2017 monitoring report.

“In the background of a challenging international context, the increased European paper recycling rate from 72% in 2016 to 72.3% in 2017 is a significant step forward for paper recycling in Europe. The value chain also achieved higher collection, a sign that we remain committed to the objectives set out in our Declaration” says Lisa Kretschmann, Chairperson of the EPRC.

More specifically, the Chinese waste import restrictions have had an impact on markets, and Chinese imports of European paper for recycling have started to decline. This decline is gradually being balanced by a stronger use of paper for recycling in Europe, and other countries, due to investments in additional paper recycling capacities. The Chinese waste import restrictions also shed light on the importance of ensuring the quality of the collected paper for recycling. Improving separate paper collection is one of the priorities of the EPRC, exemplified by, for instance, the ImpactPapeRec project.

For further information please contact Ulrich Leberle, Secretary of the EPRC and CEPI Raw Materials Director, at u.leberle@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 2 627 49 23

For press related enquiries please contact Ben Kennard, CEPI’s Communications Manager, at b.kennard@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 487 39 21 82

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09 Oct.2018 ,

European paper industry position on separate collection

Clarifications on CEPI’s position on the separate collection of paper and board from residual waste and other recyclables and the collection and recyclability of paper products that are multi-layered or have been in contact with food. The full postion paper can be downloaded below.

 

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30 Aug.2018 ,

Single-use plastics – paper industry shares MEPs’ perplexity on ill-defined “catch-all” product scope

The European Commission’s proposal on single use plastics products (SUPP), aims at addressing the marine pollution caused by the most littered plastics products. Yet an ill-defined product scope, open for interpretation, could consider any material using any sort of plastics layer or coating as plastics, whether the materials is in contact with food or for other functionalities.

During their first discussion on the SUPP proposal, members of the Environment committee of the European Parliament have expressed their perplexity regarding its definition and scope. The rapporteur Frédérique Ries stated that the Commission’s proposal is indeed too vague and open for interpretation.

Her colleague and shadow rapporteur Massimo Paolucci also questioned definitions and the lack of emphasis on recyclability. Mark Demesmaeker, also shadow rapporteur, even wondered whether cardboard boxes with plastic coatings should be also considered as plastic. Similarly the European Commission also admitted there is a grey area and that definitions should be improved.

Reacting to the debates, CEPI urges a clear and clean-cut definition to avoid other materials being inadvertently classified as plastics and an implementation chaos. “Leaving the text wide-open for interpretation with ill-thought definitions will lead to implementation chaos, not least for the SUP but also for the entire Packaging Waste Directive and products classification on the market” say Sylvain Lhôte, Director General of CEPI. The Directive is aimed at, and should therefore be focused on, the single-use plastics products most present in the marine environment.”

Paper packaging is not just recyclable but massively recycled, at a rate of 84.6% (Eurostat 2016), far and beyond any other material. It also does not show up amongst most littered application found on European beaches according the European Environment Agency surveys. There is no rational to mix-up the scope and cover other materials.

Note to editor: CEPI is the pan-European association representing the forest fibre and paper industry. Through its 18 national associations CEPI gathers 495 companies operating more than 900 pulp and paper mills across Europe producing paper, cardboard, pulp and other bio-based products. 84.6% of paper-based packaging is recycled in the EU and this level will further rise with the new packaging and packaging waste directive. Coated or not with plastics, paper-based packaging are recyclable and recycled.

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29 Mar.2018 ,

European paper industry stands ready to defend Circular Economy in the context of Chinese waste import ban

CEPI, the European association representing the paper industy has been closely monitoring market developments in reaction to the material waste import ban by the Chinese authorities including paper for recycling.

The import restrictions have caused disruption to the European markets and the countries where paper collection is comingled have been the first to be hit. This comingling practice raises the risk of contamination from other materials which can reduce the quality of paper for recycling and technically impede the recycling process.

The European paper industry is making investments and will continue to do so over the coming years in new paper recycling capacities which ensure that high quality paper for recycling remains in Europe. A core component to achieving more recycling in Europe will be to upscale our efforts on implementing European standards on the quality of paper for recycling (EN 643) and the collection of paper seperately from other recyclables.

It is estimated that less than 5% of paper collected in Europe has been directly impacted by the Chinese import waste ban. It nonetheless provides the industry with the impetus to drive forward quality paper for recycling which is effectively recycled in Europe. It is equally an indication that comingled collection systems are no longer sustainable both from an environmental and market perspective in the future.

Note to editor:

CEPI is the European association representing the paper industry at EU level. European paper recycling paper has been a success story with 72.5% of all paper in Europe collected for recycling while 83% (50 milion tonnes) of this recycling is made in European paper mills. Together with 14 other European associations in the paper recycling value chain we are committed to reaching a 74% recycling rate by 2020. Through our participation in the EU-funded project ImpactPapeRec and other means we are proactively seeking means to improve best practices on separate collection across Europe.

Our full statement can be consulted here.

For general enquiries, please contact Ulrich Leberle, CEPI Raw Materials Director at u.leberle@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 2 627 49 23

For press-related enquiries please contact Ben Kennard, CEPI Communications and Media Manaager at b.kennard@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 487 39 21 82

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