Paper & Beyond

As part of Cepi 2020 Paper and Beyond conference which took place in November they have presented their main decarbonisation pathways to 2030.

A key part of the manifesto is based around product substitution:

“Our industry can provide climate-friendly substitutes to fossil-based, carbon-intensive products currently on the market, potentially creating a multiplier effect through our expertise in the circular economy”.

Cepi demand SUPD reconsideration

Cepi, supported by Pro Carton and other trade associations, have written to 73 leading members of the European Parliament to urge reconsideration of the scope of the Single Use Plastics Directive which currently includes polymer coated boards.

Important SUP letter sent to EU Commission

Pro Carton along with a coalition of 5 European paper & board based packaging Associations and five National Associations have written a joint letter to Mr Frans Timmermans, EVP of the European Green Deal and Mr Viginijus Sinkevičius, Environment Commissioner, at the European Commission, regarding the (ill conceived) potential damage to our industry that could be caused by the Single Use Plastics Directive (SUPD).

Iggesund Paperboard webinar series on sustainable beauty product packaging

Iggesund Paperboard is participating in Beauty Independent's webinar series with a spotlight on sustainability

Revision in emissions target

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.

Circular Design Webinar

Stora Enso are hosting a webinar on Circular Design on 29th September.  Circular Design considers the full life cycle of packaging, not just recyclability.

European Parliament AGRI Committee adopts balanced report on the EU Forest Strategy

On Monday, the European Parliament Agriculture and Rural Development Committee adopted MEP Petri Sarvamaa's (EPP/FI) own initiative report on the European Forest Strategy

Response to the EU Consultation on Green Claims

Pro Carton combined with other paper-based associations to respond to the EU Commission on green claims while improvements they would like to see in the PEF) Product Environmental Footprint) methodology.

GreenSource promotes forest-fibre

Cepi, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, and EPIS, the European Pulp Industry Sector Association present their #GreenSource initiative, a European-wide effort to explain how the forest-fibre industries make the 2050 climate neutrality target a reality.

Key Statistics 2019 - European pulp and paper industry

Cepi have published their 2019 key statistics report on the European Pulp and Paper industry.

EU tax on non-recycled plastic

The European Union is to introduce a levy on plastic waste from January 2021 as part of the bloc’s €750 billion coronavirus recovery fund agreement.

Quiz time!

Two things that have proven extremely popular during the Covid-19 crisis are video conference calls – be they WhatsApp, Skype, House Party, Zoom, Microsoft Teams or whatever – and quizzes!

An overview of the key EU policy issues being addressed by CITPA

An overview of the key EU policy issues being addressed by CITPA (Pro Carton are associate members), updated in July 2020

Joint feedback on EU Roadmap on packaging waste

Pro Carton along with other associations support the Commission’s ambition to contribute to the circular economy through the review of the requirements for packaging and packaging waste. The review should also ensure that the proposed preventive measures will support the functioning of the internal market and free movement of packaging and packaged goods while avoiding the possible negative impact on the environment.

Feedback to the EU Inception Impact Assessment on the initiative “Review of the requirements for packaging and other measures to prevent packaging waste” can be read in the Members Area

Ecorys’ FCM report

Ecorys’ report entitled “Study supporting the Evaluation of Food Contact Materials (FCM) legislation” has now been published.

The study provides an analysis of the current EU legislative framework for FCM.

Five main materials are considered a priority by stakeholders: printing inks, paper and board, silicones, varnishes and coatings, and rubber. Positive lists already exist in several Member States for these materials and there is extensive knowledge on these substances within the industry.

Reply from EU to Cepi letter on SUPD

The EU Commission have replied to a letter from Cepi challenging the draft Single Use Products Directive.

Forest-based products important for climate mitigation

A new study from Cepi, “Climate effect of the forest-based sector in the European Union”, shows that forests and forest-based products remove a net of 806 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents annually. This corresponds to 20% of all fossil emissions in the European Union. Jori Ringman, Director General at Cepi, called for EU policies that support consumers to move from high-carbon products to low-carbon forest-based products.

52 companies to co-operate to replace plastics with natural fibres

Materials based on natural fibres are an interesting alternative to replace fossil-derived plastics. The Piloting Alternatives for Plastics project brings together a wide range of Finnish and international companies to take materials developed in laboratories towards more industrial production.

Teaching TICCIT at Home

TICCIT can easily be adapted to be taught at home, it’s fun and everyone will learn something from it.

The Carton Campaigners to the rescue!

The Carton Campaigners are our team of superheroes who want to help to reduce the impact that waste is having on our environment.

Ricki Recycle launch on Global Recycling Day

Ricki Recycle, one of the five Carton Campaigners, has launched a campaign to encourage recycling. You can watch him taking on the Waste Monster as part of Global Recycling Day.

The Green Shoots of 4Evergreen

As many people in the carton industry will know, a new alliance was formed at the back end of last year called 4Evergreen to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging in the circular economy.

UK announce new coated board guidelines

Following months of discussion, OPRL (On-Pack Recycling Label), the body responsible for the use of recycling symbols in the UK, have published new guidelines which include coated cartonboard.

ECMA Annual Congress 2020 will be held in Krakow, Poland

The ECMA Annual Congress will be held in Krakow, Poland on 17th and 18th September 2020 with the theme of “Sustainability Unboxed".

Pro Carton wins European Award

Pro Carton’s TICCIT initiative has won the 2019 European Paper Recycling Award (EPRC) for Information and Education.