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PAPER INDUSTRY BUILDS ON PAPER’S VALUES AT ITS 11TH

Date

20 Nov 2009

Sections

Climate & Environment
Sustainable Dev.

EUROPEAN PAPER WEEK

The European Pulp and Paper Industry today concluded its eleventh

The European Pulp and Paper Industry today concluded its eleventh European Paper Week with a rallying cry that its products have the values needed to meet the challenges
that lie ahead in a carbon neutral society.

The three-day event brings together over 350 people from the pulp and paper industry, related organisations as well as different institutions and provides a high-level platform for discussion. This year the event saw four interactive seminars discuss wide ranging topics
such as emissions trading, biodiversity, bio-refining and water footprinting, which will help shape the work programme for the industry’s trade association CEPI over the coming year.

The CEPI Annual Meeting, the key plenary event held during the European Paper Week, saw keynote presentations on the forthcoming Copenhagen COP-15 meeting from Swedish Secretary of State for Energy and Enterprise, Ola Alterå; Dr Romana Jordan Cizelj MEP, and Business Europe’s Climate Change Working Group Chair, Nick Campbell.

The meeting also discussed the future of paper in a digital world with Ulrich Schmitz from Axel Springer and the role paper plays in sustainable packaging with Nigel Bagley from
Unilever. The event was moderated by the well-known environmental thinker, Dr Patrick Moore who helped explore all the issues discussed in more depth.

Paper Week gives the entire European pulp and paper industry an annual opportunity to meet and discuss issues pertinent to its activities and to discuss and respond to the challenges presented identifying opportunities for our industry to build a positive future.

“We are at a turning point in Europe, and indeed globally, the challenge of climate change has focussed all our minds and we must be seen to act. Paper is part of the solution and our discussions over the last three days have shown how important our sector is and what we can do to mitigate the effects of climate change.” said Teresa Presas, Managing
Director of CEPI.

“Paper has many values which make it one of the most sustainable materials in existence.

European paper Week has looked at these in detail and we are ready to build a future where paper is no longer attacked unjustly but accepted as a natural, renewable,
essential, precious and innovative material that delivers solutions for the good of society and our planet”, she concluded.

For more information, please contact:
Martyn Griffiths, Communication & Public Affairs Director - m.griffiths@cepi.org or +32 2 627 49 26
Notes to Editor:

CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit making organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing this industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Its mission is to promote the member’s business
sector by taking specific actions notably, by monitoring and analysing activities and initiatives in the
areas of industry, environment, energy, forestry, recycling, fiscal policies and competitiveness in
general. Through CEPI, the paper industry increases its visibility and acts on emerging issues, making expert and constructive contributions on behalf of the industry.

Through its 18 member countries (16 European Union members plus Norway and Switzerland) CEPI represents some 800 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging
from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 1200 paper mills. Together they represent 27% of world production.

http://www.cepi.org/content/default.asp?PageID=558&DocID=25133

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