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EU Papermakers write letter to Commission: "Too many loopholes in EUTR"

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) and the European Federation for Print and Digital Communications (INTERGRAF) have jointly written to the European Commission raising their concerns on the confused application of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

Commenting on the recent EUTR report issued by the Commission, the two organisations underlined how "a number of different timber-based products are not covered by the current legislation." In particular, the most concerning loophole is the exemption for printed products, such as books, magazines and other products of the Printing Industry.

"Printers in the UK, quite rightly, are required to ensure the legality of the paper they use. Yet printers outside the European Union, that can be based in locations where illegally harvested timber products are present, have no such requirement – even when they are exporting to the UK", the UK Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) added.

"While this exemption has never been sensible, the increasing imports of printed materials from potentially problematic areas means the loophole needs to be closed. As part of the consultation process to inform the review, a wide range of environmental and industry groups called for this issue to be addressed, and it is disappointing to see no proposals in the review", the UK Papermakers organisation concluded.

Click here to read the letter in full.


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UK Papermakers Confederation joins anti-Brexit coalition

In the debate on the future of the European Union, the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) sets out the case for the UK remaining within a reformed EU.

According to the Confederation, withdrawing from the EU would be detrimental to the UK casting doubts over free movement and regulatory frameworks. Exporters to the EU would still have to comply with a host of EU regulations and standards, and UK’s Papermakers, Converters and Recyclers would be projected into a period of uncertainty. That blurry business environment could jeopardise the 25,000 direct and 100,000 indirect jobs in the paper supply chain in the UK.

This being said, the CPI encourages a deep reform process of the European Union. "EU officials legislate in isolation regardless of the consequences to European industry, placing burdens and restrictions on industries such as Paper, particularly in relation to environmental, energy and climate change measures", the Confederation claims. 

In the MPs Briefing held last week, the CPI addressed again the UK Government asking to adapt the regulatory regime for Energy Intensive Industries to the other EU countries. "Failure to act will result in the loss of even more capacity. The UK’s Paper Industry lost a massive 20% of its capacity in 2015 and our country is now the largest importer of paper anywhere in the world."

David Workman, CPI Chief Executive, added: “The debate on our membership of the EU will undoubtedly intensify over the coming months but we would urge Members of Parliament to recognise that the challenges for Energy Intensive Industries in the 21st century will be enormous and that we genuinely believe that we are in a better position to face them from within a reformed EU.”

The MPs Briefing can be downloaded in full from the CPI website here.

People prefer Christmas gifts packaged in cardboard, YouGov poll shows

According to the latest YouGov poll commissioned by the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI), more people prefer their festive gifts through the post packaged in cardboard than any other format.

The survey shows that 47% of people would prefer to receive Christmas gifts through the post in cardboard packaging, while only 4% would choose plastic.

In details, 41% thinks cardboard offer the best presentation without compromising protection of the contents, against 16% for polystyreme, 9% for paper and 7% plastic.

CPI’s Director of Packaging Affairs, Andy Barnetson, commented: “It is clear from this latest survey that cardboard is overwhelmingly the most popular packaging whether sending or receiving Christmas gifts – there’s nothing like a gift-wrapped cardboard box to set the pulses racing on Christmas morning, especially among children." 

"Corrugated’s renowned environmental credentials – it’s the most recycled material in the packaging industry – and protective qualities are boosting its appeal, making it a vital logistics partner in the 21st Century supply chain", he added.

Global Forest and Paper Industry releases Statement on climate change

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) has released its policy statement on climate change ahead of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting (COP21) in Paris, France.

"The global forest products industry has made significant strides in reducing its carbon footprint, stocking carbon, and generating GHG removals all helping to mitigate climate change", the statement says."We collectively call on the parties to the UNFCCC at the Paris negotiations to continue to consider biomass as carbon neutral when harvested from sustainably managed forests and to further recognize all positive contributions that forests and forest products provide in combating climate change." 

“Forests and the global forest products industry have a key role in helping to mitigate climate change. A low carbon economy has to consider the forest industry as a contributor to climate solutions”, adds Marco Mensink, Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI). “With this policy statement, we are encouraging national governments to recognize and foster all positive contributions that forests and forest products provide in combating climate change.”

The ICFPA will present the forest products industry’s efforts at a COP21 side-event – “Assessing transparency and ambition in the land use and forestry sector”, held this afternoon at the EU Pavilion in Paris.

CPI Director writes to the Chancellor highlighting UK Paper Industry's plight

In anticipation of the Autumn Statement, scheduled for tomorrow, David Workman, Director General of the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has written to the Chancellor outlining the key issues facing the Paper Industry.

In his message, Mr Workman highlights the strain on the UK Paper Industry over the past year, which has resulted in the closure of four mills and thirteen papermaking machines, and the loss of 1m tonnes of output. He attributes this to the uncompetitive nature of the UK’s Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs).

CPI Director General makes a series of recommendations for the Chancellor to consider, including to be more radical in the approach to future taxation in order to make the UK market more attractive to potential future investors and to take a much more proactive approach to efficiency within the power generation sector.

He also seeks for support in persuading the Commission in Brussels to allocate more resources in support of process innovation within the Ells.

The full press release featuring Mr Workman's recommendations can be viewed here.