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Sustainability and competitiveness have to go hand in hand in order for industry to excel; we are a leading example of this. Reducing our raw material consumption makes sense from an economic and a sustainability point of view.

For instance, we use residues, e.g. bark and wood cuttings, from the pulpmaking process to produce renewable energy. We also turn residues from recycling into useful products that foster Europe’s Circular Economy. At the same time we are pioneering research that will provide low-carbon alternatives to the way we produce our products, reducing not only the amount of raw materials we use, but the amount of energy we consume.

Sustainability is precisely that, a vision of business development based on sustainable practices that address society’s key challenges, on a long-lasting basis. The European forest fibre and paper industry is the only mainstream industry that is both renewable and recyclable. We are therefore uniquely placed to create new sustainable opportunities for the European circular bioeconomy; a key pathway to safeguarding the European manufacturing industrial base.

CEPI is proud to represent the European forest fibre and paper industry and to champion the sustainability of its products and achievements. As a Brussels-based, non-profit, research and advocacy association, our mission is to represent the interests of our members and the industry towards the EU institutions in the areas of the bioeconomy, Circular Economy, environment, energy, forestry, research and trade. We also seek to enhance the knowledge of our members and the value chain in specific technical areas,  as well as facilitating the flow of information between our member associations and their companies.

OUR PRODUCTS ARE AT THE CORE OF EVERYDAY LIFE

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92.2 MILLION TONNES (MT) OF TOTAL PRODUCTION IN 2017

Packaging Paper and Board

51.3%

47.3 MT

Case Materials

31.6%

29.1 MT

Other packaging & paper

15.1%

14.0 MT

Wrapping

4.5%

4.2 MT

Examples

51%
Paper
and board packaging

Mainly used for wrapping and packaging purposes.

  • Boxes
  • Bags
  • Packaging
  • Wrapping
  • Toys and games
  • Product display

Newsprint, Printing and Writing Paper

36.2%

33.3 MT

Coated Paper

14%

12.9 MT

Uncoated Paper

15.6%

14.4 MT

Newsprint

6.6%

6.0 MT

Examples

36.2%
Newsprint,
printing and
writing paper

Represents the sum of newsprint, uncoated mechanical, uncoated woodfree and coated papers.

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Flyers
  • Envelopes
  • Greeting Cards

Hygiene Paper

8.1%

7.4 MT

Examples

8.1%
Hygiene paper

Covers a wide range of tissue and other hygienic papers for use in households or commercial and industrial premises.

  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Napkins
  • Kitchen paper
  • Nappies
  • Sanitary napkins

Other Paper and Board

4.5%

4.1 MT

Examples

4.5%
Other paper
and board

Are used for industrial and other special purposes.

  • Stock of filter paper
  • Gypsum liners
  • Insulation
  • Building materials
  • Roofing materials
  • Waxing
  • Asphalting

The Paper Value Chain

Our products are made using renewable and recyclable resources that come from certified natural forests.

CEPI has a long standing commitment towards sustainable forest management and the use of forest resources.

Consumers can be certain that products are made in sustainable ways that respect the environment.

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A thriving industry

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890

495

177 000

63

82

22

43

93

59

72

68

2

2.38

3.6

92

19

75

18

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CEPI TRADE FLOWS OF PAPER AND BOARD IN 2017


PRODUCTION (2016)

CONSUMPTION (2016)

82.2

76.4

90.8

77.3

16.6

21.2

190.8

196.8

8.6

13.4

21.9

28.5

1.6

7.5

2.7

5.5

2.3

0.7

3.0

0.4

1.8

0.3

Total Imports CEPI: 5.7 Millon Tones

Total Exports from CEPI: 20.1 Millon Tones