Sustainability News

Study shows benefits of recycling paper sacks

The 4evergreen alliance sets out to increase the recycling rate of fibre-based packaging to 90% by 20301. Accessing industrial packaging such as paper sacks as new fibre source can be part of the solution. The European sack kraft paper and paper sack industry commissioned independent research in the recyclability of paper sacks. The study2 concludes that not only are used and unused paper sacks perfectly recyclable. They also offer product and process benefits when incorporated into the recovered fibre furnish. A white paper presents the outcome in detail.

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Closing the loop with paper carrier bags

Less raw material, less waste, fewer emissions – the circular economy is at the top of the agenda. Choosing fibre-based packaging such as paper carrier bags is one piece of the puzzle that retailers and brand owners can complete to take the next step in contributing to the bio-based circular economy. Paper carrier bags are a welcome resource in the paper recycling mix. A member of the initiative “The Paper Bag” explains how paper carrier bags are recycled into new fibre-based products. An infographic shows the cycle of paper carrier bags.

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4evergreen wins European Paper Recycling Award

The 4evergreen alliance has won a prestigious award from the European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) in the ‘Information and Education’ category. The award recognises 4evergreen’s work on the ‘Guidance on the Improved Collection and Sorting of Fibre-based Packaging for Recycling’, which provides best practices and recommendations to enhance fibre-based packaging recycling across Europe.

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Cepi Update

Reaching 2040 targets won’t be easy as economic feasibility is uncertain

The EU Commission published its communication on 2040 climate targets. A non-binding text which starts a process to fix a new milestone for the Union’s CO2 emission levels. The proposed target is ambitious, as called for by the scientific community. It should first and foremost be based on complex economic and physical realities that no unique scenario proposed by the Commission properly assesses.

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Valmet and Saipem sign Memorandum of Understanding

Valmet and Saipem have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop joint solutions to decarbonize the industrial sectors that face significant challenges in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, also known as hard-to-abate industries. The companies will collaborate to offer effective solutions combining Saipem’s technologies for CO2 management with the heat recovery and flue gas treatment units engineered and produced by Valmet for the pulp, paper and energy segments, thus bringing integrated and flexible options to their customers in both existing and new facilities.

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4evergreen alliance moves from guidance to action at Annual Conference: “The Pathway to Circularity”

More than 150 people joined in Brussels and online to celebrate the 3-year anniversary of 4evergreen at a conference recognising the alliance’s achievements so far and exploring how to maximise industry uptake of 4evergreen’s circularity toolbox.

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Södra: Test run of new planting machine shows promising results

Södra’s venture in a new advanced technique for better seedling survival was recently field tested with promising results. Södra’s ambition with the in-house developed BraSatt 01 planting machine is to accelerate technical advances in forest regeneration, which could potentially lead to considerable improvements for forestry.

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4evergreen announces first Circularity Success Stories initiative

The 4evergreen Alliance unveils five selected projects from its first “Circularity Success Stories” initiative, which showcases members' remarkable efforts to increase the recycling rate of fibre-based packaging to 90% by 2030. Three years on from its inception, 4evergreen invited members to share groundbreaking projects, whether developed individually or collaboratively, that have been spurred by the alliance and can serve as inspiring examples of fibre-based packaging circularity and sustainability.

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