Cepi supports EU Green Recovery

Brussels, 14 April 2020

Launch of the European alliance for a Green Recovery

Cepi, the Confederation of European paper industries and its members across Europe, strongly support the initiative of Pascal Canfin, Chair of the Environment Committee at the European Parliament, to launch a European alliance for a Green Recovery. Cepi joins 180 political decision-makers, business leaders, trade unions, NGOs, and think tanks who have come together to create the alliance.

In the face of the coronavirus crisis, the biggest challenge Europe has faced in peacetime, with devastating consequences and a shock to the economy tougher than the 2008 crisis, Ministers from 11 countries, 79 cross-party MEPs from 17 Member States, 37 CEOs, 28 business associations representing 10 different sectors, trade union confederation representing members from 90 national trade union organisations and 10 trade union federations, 7 NGOs and 6 think tanks, have committed to working together to create, support and implement solutions to prepare our economies for the world of tomorrow.

This first pan-European call for mobilisation on post-crisis green investment packages will work to build the recovery and transformation plans which enshrine the fight against climate change and biodiversity as a key pillar of the economic strategy.

Sharing the belief that the economic recovery will only come with massive investments to protect and create jobs and to support all companies, regions and sectors that have suffered from the economy coming to a sudden halt, the alliance commits to contribute to the post-crisis investment decisions needed to reboot and reboost our economy.

Covid-19 will not make climate change and nature degradation go away. The fight against this crisis will not be won without a solid economic response. The alliance commits to participate in the fight and the victory of these two battles simultaneously, and by doing so, being stronger together.


Signatories of the initiative:

Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO, L'Oreal; Alviina Alametsa, MEP, Greens/ EFA; Enzo Amendola, Italian Minister for European Affairs; Eric Andrieu, MEP, Vice-President of the S&D Group; Wolfgang Anzengruber, CEO Verbund; Ester Asin, Director of WWF European Policy Office; Margrete Auken, MEP, Greens/ EFA; Fabrice Barthélémy CEO Tarkett; Philippe Bastien, President of Glass Europe; Julie Beaufils, Secretary General of EuropeOn, Laurent Berger, ETUC President; Marcel Bial, Secretary General of European Solar Thermal Electricity Association; Stéphane Bijoux, MEP, Renew Europe; Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, MEP, Renew Europe; Michael Bloss, MEP, Greens/ EFA; Per Bolund, Swedish Minister for Financial Markets and Housing; Simona Bonafe, MEP, Vice-President of the S&D Group; Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General of Eurocities; Elisabeth Borne, French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Biljana Borzan, Vice-President of the S&D Group at the European Parliament; Gilles Boyer, MEP, Quaestor and Member of the Bureau for Renew Europe; Tim Brett, President The Coca Cola Company's Western Europe Business Unit; Jesper Brodin, CEO INGKA group - Ikea; Ariel Brunner, Birdlife; Klaus Buchner, MEP, Greens/ EFA; Delara Buckhardt, MEP, S&D; Bertrand Camus, CEO Suez group; Pascal Canfin, MEP, Chair of the Environment Committee, Renew Europe; Ignazio Capuano, Chairman of Cepi (Confederation of European Paper Industries); Anna Cavazzini, MEP, Greens/ EFA; Catherine Chabaud, MEP, Renew Europe; Mohamed Chahim, MEP, S&D; Olivier Chastel, MEP, Renew Europe; Niels B. Christiansen, CEO The LEGO Group; Ilana Cicurel, MEP, Renew Europe; Dacian Ciolos, MEP, President of Renew Europe; Sergio Costa, Italian Minister of the Environment; Katalin Cseh, MEP, Vice-President of Renew Europe; Miriam Dalli, MEP, Vice-President of the S&D Group; Johan Danielsson, MEP, Coordinator in the Transport Committee, S&D; Paolo De Castro, MEP, Coordinator in the Agriculture Committee, S&D; Pierre-André de Chalendar, CEO, Saint Gobain; Petra de Sutter, MEP, Chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Greens/EFA; Dimitri de Vreeze, Co-CEO and Member of the Managing Board of Royal DSM; Pascal Demurger, CEO of MAIF; Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourg Minister of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development; Gilles Disckson, CEO of WindEurope; Sandrine Dixson Declève, Club of Rome; Pascal Durand, MEP, Renew Europe; Bas Eickhout, MEP, Vice-President & Coordinator in the Environment Committee, Greens/ EFA; Ismail Ertug, MEP, Vice-President of the S&D Group; Emmanuel Faber, CEO, Danone; Laurence Farreng, MEP, Renew Europe; Franz Fayot, Luxembourg Minister of Economy, Cooperation and humanitarian Aid; Fredrik Federley, MEP, Vice-President of Renew Europe; Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes, Portuguese Minister of the Environment and Energy Transition; Jonas Fernandez Alvarez, MEP, Coordinator in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, S&D; Martin Forsen, President of EHPA; Monica Frassoni, President of European Alliance to Save Energy; Helen Fritzon, MEP, Vice-President of the S&D Group; Ignacio Galán, Chairman and CEO Iberdrola; Iratxe Garcia Pérez, MEP, President of the S&D Group; Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology; Michel Giannuzzi, CEO Verallia; Sven Giegold, MEP, Greens/ EFA; Seth Ginther, Executive Director of USIPA; Sandro Gozi, MEP, Renew Europe; Patrick Graichen, Director Agora Energiewende; Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg Minister for Finance; Christophe Grudler, MEP, Renew Europe; Marc Grynberg, CEO at Umicore; Bernard Guetta, MEP, Renew Europe; Jytte Guteland, MEP, Coordinator in the Environment Committee, S&D; Lars Hanseid, CEO 3M EMEA; Bjorn Haugland, CEO of Skift Business Climate Leaders; Martin Häusling, MEP, Greens/ EFA; Valérie Hayer, MEP, Renew Europe; Eero Heinaluoma, MEP, S&D; Helena Helmersson, CEO H&M Group; Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO at Solar Power Europe; Christel Heydemann, CEO, Schneider Electric; Martin Hojsik, MEP, Renew Europe; Pär Holmgren, MEP, Greens/EFA; Peter Hug, Managing Director of European Building Automation and Control Association; Sophie In't Veld, MEP, Renew Europe; Yannick Jadot, MEP, Greens/EFA; Agnes Jongerius, MEP, Coordinator in the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, S&D; Alan Jope, CEO, Unilever; Dan Jorgensen, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities; Jean-Marc Jossart, Secretary General at Bioenergy Europe; Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of the European Alliance of Company for Energy Efficiency in Buildings; Radan Kanev, MEP, EPP; Pierre Karleskind, MEP, President of the Fisheries Committee, Renew Europe; Fabienne Keller, MEP, Renew Europe; Ska Keller, MEP, Co-President of the of the Greens/EFA; John Keppler, CEO Enviva; Jouni Keronen, CEO of Climate Leadership Coalition; Werner Kogler, Vice-chancellor of Austria; Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, MEP, S&D; Philippe Lamberts, MEP Co-President of the of the Greens/EFA; Pascal Lamy, Honorary President of the Jacques Delors Institute; Benoit Leguet, Managing Director of I4CE; Nathalie Loiseau, MEP, Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, Renew Europe; Torbjörn Lööf, CEO Inter IKEA Group; Isabella Lövin, Swedish Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister; Martin Lundstedt, CEO Volvo Group; Géraldine Matchett, Co-CEO and Member of the Managing Board of Royal DSM; Karen Melchior, MEP, Renew Europe; Dr Maria Mendiluce, Interim CEO at We Mean Business; Tilly Metz, MEP, Greens/ EFA; António Mexia, CEO EDP; Iskra Mihaylova, MEP, Vice-President of Renew Europe; Krista Mikkonen, Finnish Minister for Environment and Climate; Nick Molho, Executive Director of Aldersgate group; Sabine Nallinger, Managing Director of Foundation 2° – German CEOs for Climate Protection; Emma Navarro, Vice-president of the European Investment Bank; Dan Nica, MEP, Coordinator in the Industry Committee, S&D; Dr. Kai Niebert, President Deutscher Naturschutzring; Ville Niinistö, MEP, Greens/ EFA; Grace O'Sullivan, MEP, Greens/ EFA; Mari Pantsar, Director of SITRA; Jutta Paulus, MEP, Greens/ EFA; Diego Pavas, CEO InnoEnergy; Thierry Pech, Managing Director, Terra Nova; Arturo Pérez de Lucia, Director General AEDIVE; Kira Marie Peter-Hansen, MEP, Greens/ EFA; Morten Petersen, MEP, Vice-Chair of the Industry Committee, Renew Europe; Sirpa Pietikainen MEP, EPP; Kati Piri, MEP, Vice-President of the S&D Group; Rovana Plumb, MEP, Vice-President of the S&D Group; Brune Poirson, French Secretary of State, attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition; Paul Polman, Former CEO Unilever; Silviu Popovici, CEO PepsciCo Europe; Teresa Ribera, Vice President of the Spanish Government - Minister for the Ecological Transition and Demographic challenge; Dominique Riquet, MEP, Vice-President of Renew Europe; Michèle Rivasi, MEP, Greens/ EFA; Soraya Rodriguez Ramos, MEP, Renew Europe; Federica Sabbati, Secretary General of European Heating Industry; Mark Schneider, CEO Nestlé; Svenja Schulze, German Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety; Stéphane Séjourné, MEP, Renew Europe; Brad Smith, President of Microsoft; Jean-Dominique Senard, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Renault group; Sylwia Spurek , M E P, S&D; Francisco Starace, CEO ENEL; Markus Steilemann, CEO Covestro; Ana Struna Bregar, CEO of Center of Energy Efficient Solutions; Jan Te Bos, Director General of the European Insulation Manufacturers Association; Steven Tebbe, Managing Director of CDP Europe; Dr Johannes Teyssen, CEO, E.ON SE; Frauke Thies, Executive Director of SmartEn; William Todts, Executive Director of Transport & Environment; Irène Tolleret, MEP, Renew Europe; Nils Torvalds, MEP, Coordinator in the Environment Committee, Renew Europe; Costas Travasaros, President of Solar Heat Europe; Véronique Trillet-Lenoir, MEP, Renew Europe; Trio Wendel, Director of CAN Europe; Laurence Tubiana, President of the European Climate Foundation; Claude Turmes, Luxembourg Minister for Energy and Spatial planning; Frank van der Vloed, CEO Signify Europe; Peter Vanacker, CEO Neste; Philippe Vangeel, Secretary General of AVERE; Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, MEP, Renew Europe; Jean-Marc Vilon, Chairman of Association Française des Sociétés financières; Juan Virgilio Marquez, Associacion Eolica Espanola; Luca Visentini, ETUC General Secretary; Ludovic Voet, ETUC Confederal Secretary; Andrea Voigt, Director General of European Partnership for Energy and Environment; Emmanuelle Wargon, French Secretary of State, attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition; Jayson Warner, Zone President - Europe, Anheuser-Busch InBev; Jeremy Wates, Secretary General fo the European Environmental Bureau; Claire Waysand,Executive Vice President and General Secretary of ENGIE ; Pernille Weiss, MEP, EPP; Eliot Whittington, Director of Corporate Leaders Group; Sarah Wiener, MEP, Greens/ EFA; Michal Wiezik, MEP, EPP; Tiemo Wolken, MEP, S&D; Stephanie Yon Courtin, MEP, Renew Europe; Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, MEP, Renew Europe; Carlos Zorrinho, MEP, S&D.