Last week, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gave her first state of the union speech and proposed a revision of the EU emissions reduction target from 40% to 55% by 2030. This target is the central piece of the EU’s 2030 Climate Target Plan, together with the revised ETS state aid rules.
Cepi, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, and EPIS, the European Pulp Industry Sector Association and its members, present their #GreenSource initiative, a European-wide effort to explain how the forest-fibre industries make the 2050 climate neutrality target a reality.
Despite that Covid19 is still with us, the World BioEconomy Forum is to be arranged on 10th September, 2020. All safe and easy – as it is organised on-line, World BioEconomy Forum goes virtual – live from Ruka. NC Partnering has been helping with arrangements again.
Stora Enso has appointed Annette Stube as EVP, Head of Sustainability and a member of the Group Leadership Team. She will start on 1 September 2020. Annette Stube is a Danish citizen who joins from a position as Head of Sustainability in A.P. Moller–Maersk, an integrated transport and logistics company. Previously she has worked as Director of Sustainability programmes in the global healthcare company Novo Nordisk. She has a master’s degree in psychology and an Executive Board Education from Copenhagen Business School. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Finnish energy company Fortum.
Stora Enso and Helsinki Olympic Stadium have signed a partnership agreement to develop low-carbon, eco-friendly operations at the stadium by promoting the use of renewable materials and circular economy solutions. Stora Enso explores reusing products as well as recycling used materials to give high-quality wood fibers a second life in new products that will be available at the stadium for different services and operations.
Early in July, the scientific journal “the Nature” published an article “Abrupt increase in harvested forest area over Europe after 2015” based on a study by the European Commission Joint Research Centre bioeconomy unit based in Ispra, Italy.
A statement by CEPI.
Global chemicals company Kemira has joined the 4evergreen alliance, an initiative of Cepi, the European association representing the paper industry. The alliance aims to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging in a circular and sustainable economy, minimizing climate and environmental impact.
The self-adhesive labels sector has seen a 46% reduction in water consumption over the last six years, on a like-for-like basis; the paper and securities sector has seen a 15% reduction of waste water, and a reduction of 13% in the use of thermal energy (-9% of electric energy), thanks to significant investments in the installation of natural gas-powered turbine cogeneration plants in major factories. Since 2014 all pulp has been FSC certified®, from forests that are protected by international treaties guaranteeing their sustainability in environmental, social and economic terms.
Cepi, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, presented its new study on the “Climate effect of the forest-based sector in the European Union” on occasion of a public webinar with the participation of the European Commission Directorate for Agriculture (DG AGRI).
The paper recycling industry is little more than 20 weeks away from a turning point. China has established itself over recent years as the dominant export outlet for recovered fibre surpluses arising in other parts of the world, but the country will be closing its doors from the end of this year and so final shipments will be need to leave Europe, for example, as early as mid-November.
PulPaper, an international event of the forest industry, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, next spring, will highlight the innovations and future opportunities of the bioeconomy. The event, to be held on the theme of “Building tomorrow’s bioeconomy”, emphasises the diversity of the forest bioeconomy and presents concrete applications and products. PulPaper will be held from 27 to 29 April 2021 at Messukeskus in Helsinki.