Sustainability News

Andritz participates in development of Smart Waste Factory

International technology group Andritz is participating in the development project ReWaste F, which brings together science and industry in an effort to transform the Austrian waste management sector towards a sustainable and resource-efficient circular economy. To achieve this goal, the project focuses on the development of a Smart Waste Factory.

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Metsä orders process concept study from Andritz

Finnish forest industry company Metsä Group has entered into a cooperation with international technology group Andritz to explore the integration of carbon capture into a bioproduct mill. This integration would be the first of its kind worldwide and would not only enable the removal of CO2 from the flue gas, but also create a basis for future utilization of this side stream.

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Cepi Update

The Council presents its to-do list for Europe’s competitiveness, making bioeconomy a priority for the next Commission

In its last meeting before the EU elections, the European Competitiveness Council presented today what could be considered as its guidelines for the upcoming Commission on how to keep Europe from an industrial decline. The plan entails supporting industries which have already taken the path of increased circularity, embraced the bioeconomy, and decoupled growth from resource use, such as the pulp and paper industry.

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UPM Raflatac unveils Carbon Action portfolio

According to the UN, today only 15% of the Sustainable Development Goal targets are on track. In September 2023, UPM joined the UN Global Compact Forward Faster initiative to accelerate this pace. To demonstrate its commitment to the Climate Action initiative and help its customers reduce the carbon footprint of their packaging materials and drive action, UPM Raflatac is proud to announce the launch of its Carbon Action Plastic Labels portfolio.

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UPM Raflatac highlights progressive sustainability milestones in 2023 Climate Review

UPM Raflatac has published its 2023 Climate Review, highlighting the significant strides it has taken towards becoming the first label materials company to go beyond fossils. This ambition underscores UPM Raflatac's dedication to sustainability through three key focus areas: enhancing the sustainability of forests and lands, reducing emissions, and continued innovation through its products and service offering.

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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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