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Rising regulatory costs impede investment, says CEPI

And according to a study for the European Commission, on average, direct and ETS-related indirect regulatory costs have absorbed more than 40 per cent of the industry’s annual profi tability, says industry body CEPI. “The ti me has come for a


regulatory reset for the paper industry bringing investment back to Europe,” says CEPI’s director general Sylvain Lhôte.

irect regulatory costs in the European paper industry have more than tripled since 2004.

While the paper industry is

engaging in a major transformati on of its producti on base to capture both growth opportuniti es and dramati cally reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, such a regulatory burden diminishes the paper industry’s investment capability and deters internati onal capital allocati on into Europe, says CEPI. The cumulati ve cost impact assessment carried out for the European Commission by Technopolis reveals the full scale of regulatory costs in the fi elds of climate, energy and environment

policies (two thirds of which arise from climate change & energy regulati ons). Despite the EU leader’s pledge for smarter regulati on and investment in industry, these costs have not subsided in the period since 2004. Planned regulati on for biomass- based large combusti on plants, ETS and energy-related policies may indeed widen the regulatory cost burden. In a statement, CEPI said: “In order

to prevent the conti nued erosion of industry’s competi ti veness, the EU and its member states must

rapidly restore the conditi ons necessary to fuel transformati ve investments. Together with the European Commission we share a common agenda on climate change and sustainability, as evidenced by our 2050 vision to decarbonise by 80 per cent and create 50 per cent added-value. “We envision ourselves as leading

the transiti on to a circular, low carbon bioeconomy. We therefore ask the Commission and EU member states to act decisively and put back climate, energy & environmental policies on a pro-investment track.”

Mondi’s 60-tonne support for mobile-phone collection charity

For each Christmas Advent season, internati onal paper and packaging group Mondi supports the ‘Ö3- Wundertüte’ charitable campaign by making a large donati on of paper. This year Mondi has donated

60 tonnes of its super strong Advantage Smooth White speciality kraft paper, which is used to make 5.5 million mobile phone donati on bags. During the week of 14 November, all households across Austria received an ‘Ö3- Wundertüte’ in their post boxes. The ‘Ö3-Wundertüte’ campaign encourages people to donate

combines excellent sti ff ness with att racti ve printi ng and branding. Mondi also supports the

old or unused mobile phones by mailing them at no cost in the free Wundertüte bags. For each phone collected, money is donated to two important charitable organisati ons in Austria: Licht ins Dunkel and Caritas. Last year around 388,000

mobile phones were collected, raising a total of €582,000 for the chariti es. The right paper is essenti al for

the ‘Ö3-Wundertüte’. Mondi’s Advantage Smooth White is a speciality kraft paper that

campaign by collecti ng around 400 mobile phones at its Austrian sites each year. Albert Klinkhammer, marketi ng and communicati on director for Mondi Europe & Internati onal, says, “Mondi has been an important sponsor of the ‘Ö3-Wundertüte’ campaign every year since 2010. Our company is happy to be able to support this wonderful charitable campaign – both by providing the paper for the Wundertüte and by donati ng our own old phones.”

Paper maker helps Volvo with renewable energy

Stora Enso and Volvo Cars have offi cially opened a new hot water pipeline between their manufacturing sites near Ghent in Belgium. The four-kilometre pipeline

November/December 2016

will take hot water heated using renewable energy from Stora Enso’s paper mill to the Volvo plant, where it will be used to heat buildings and paint booths. The annual reducti ons in carbon

dioxide emissions correspond to the heati ng of 5,000 households. Bart Tommelein, Minister of Energy of the Flemish Government, ceremoniously opened the valves of the

pipeline together with the managing directors of Volvo Car Gent and Stora Enso’s Langerbrugge Mill, Eric Van Landeghem and Chris De Hollander.

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