European paper industry delivers on emission reduction and recycling commitments



The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) has announced that 62.2 per cent of the industry’s fuel consumption in 2020 was based on renewable energy. Fuel was largely derived from woody biomass from sustainably managed European forests. CEPI also announced that specific CO2 emissions (per tonne of product) had further decreased in 2020 by 3.1 per cent. European paper and board consumption decreased by 5.3 per cent in 2020 compared to 2019, totalling 71 million tonnes, with this change largely attributed to the slowing down of the European economy and sanctuary restrictions during the pandemic.

CEPI members produced 85.2 million tonnes of paper and board in 2020, a decrease of 4.8 per cent compared to 2019. This downward trend was also observed in other countries, such as the USA, Japan, Brazil and Canada. As a result, pulp consumption decreased by 6.4 per cent, with total pulp production decreasing by 4.7 per cent. Market pulp output, however, remained unchanged. Demand for sanitary and household grades also benefited from higher hygiene requirements during the pandemic.

CO2 direct emissions from the European paper industry also declined by 7.1 per cent in 2020, largely due to reduced activity, but also efforts made by the industry to decarbonise. In November of last year, CEPI announced its decarbonisation manifesto for the paper sector, with a headline target of 2030. The plan included three main areas for decarbonisation: product substitution, bio-based product markets, and sustainable forest management.

Source: Resource




Author: Kirsi Seppänen