European Paper Industry keeps reducing its carbon emissions, CEPI claims

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European Paper Industry keeps reducing its carbon emissions, CEPI claims

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CEPI) has announced that carbon emissions across the European pulp and paper industry in 2015 fell by at least 1% compared to 2014.

The figures, based on the Verified Emissions and Compliance Data, also show a 27% reduction in absolute emissions throughout the decade 2005-2015.

According to CEPI, last year production levels remained substantially the same, while emission reductions were primarily driven by market consolidation, investments in bioenergy, and the push from international competition to improve efficiency in production processes.

"With energy being the second main component in the cost structure, reducing energy-related costs, such as CO2 emissions, is a priority to secure an internationally-competitive position", CEPI underlines.

"We have been early-movers in low-carbon investments and have further plans to grow our business in Europe, building synergies with Circular Economy as well as the Bioeconomy”, says Jori Ringman, CEPI Acting Director General.

“The EU ETS should support such efforts which are completely in line with its overarching scope of transforming the industries. Therefore the EU ETS should continue to improve the predictability of the regulatory framework, by promoting and rewarding investments in low-carbon technologies”, Mr Ringman adds.

The European Paper Industry currently receives 1.4% of the total allocations for manufacturing sectors, while employing over 6% of the manufacturing industries’ workforce and being responsible for over 5% share of investments in Europe.

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 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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