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Climate neutrality with Europe’s forest fibre industry

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.

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Stora Enso to build a pilot plant for bio-based packaging foam

Stora Enso will build a pilot facility for producing Cellufoam™ by Stora Enso, a lightweight, fiber-based foam material for protective packaging and cushioning. Bio-based foams are renewable and recyclable and can be used in packaging, for example, to replace oil-based polymer foams which are widely used today. The pilot plant will be located at Stora Enso’s Fors Mill in Sweden.

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The World Bioeconomy Forum arranged for the third time

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.

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Metsä Spring and Valmet construct a pilot plant in Äänekoski to develop a significant new added-value product for the forest industry

Metsä Spring and Valmet have decided to continue the development collaboration related to 3D fibre products and hence, to invest jointly approximately EUR 20 million in a new R&D project. As part of the project, a greenfield pilot plant will be built on Metsä Group’s mill site in Äänekoski, Finland.

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Stora Enso appoints Annette Stube as Head of Sustainability

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.

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Stora Enso and Helsinki Olympic Stadium partner up to promote circular economy solutions

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.

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KaiCell Fibers Ltd.’s Paltamo pulp and bioproducts mill’s environmental and water usage permit greenlighted by Finnish authorities

KaiCell CEO Hannu Heikkinen welcomes the decision: “It is very positive for the Kainuu region that the Paltamo mill project now has a clear path towards implementation. AVI’s decision further strengthens the venture’s credibility and enables us to seek financing also outside Finland. We can therefore take the next steps towards building the mill with confidence.”

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New JRC study misinterprets satellite data on forest cover and risks misguiding EU climate policy choices

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.

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Energy system integration could be one of the solutions for deep decarbonization of European industrial ecosystems

On Wednesday, the European Commission published its Energy System Integration Strategy aimed at making the energy system more “circular” as a whole - across multiple energy carriers, infrastructures, and consumption sectors - with energy efficiency at its core.

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Kemira joins 4evergreen alliance for the fibre-based packaging value chain

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.

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Fedrigoni 2019 Environment and Safety Report

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.

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Forest-based products as important as forest sink for climate mitigation

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).

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