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The European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials has taken full speed with the first round of meetings having taken place in Brussels over the last weeks. The EIP’s objective is to contribute to the 2020 targets of the EU Industrial Policy, to increase the share of industry on GDP to 20% and improve resource efficiency by securing the sustainable supply of raw materials in Europe. The High Level Steering Group met on 12 February with the presence of three Commissioners, Ministers of several Member States and CEO’s of European industry. Representing the European Paper Industry is Mr. Ramon Alejandro Balet, President of SAICA. He is supported by Guillermo Vallès Albar from SAICA.
The European paper industry has engaged in the European Raw Materials Initiative from the beginning in 2008, pointing at the challenges of our raw materials supply:
• Increasing competition for wood as a renewable yet finite resource, partly induced by European renewable energy policy.
• Paper for recycling, which constitutes half of the Industry’s raw materials supply is increasingly exported to Asia.
• There is still potential in increasing the mobilisation of wood and paper for recycling, but which is not yet exploited.
The calls from the European paper Industry have been heard and renewable materials such as wood, paper and natural rubber have been included in the Commission Communication on Raw Materials in 2010.
A Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) of the EIP will be elaborated in the first half of 2013. CEPI will work in close cooperation with the FTP, the woodworking industry and the European Commission to contribute to the SIP with its priorities. In the second half of 2013 the Commission will publish a Communication on the Strategic Implementation Plan and start preparing for the implementation phase of the EIP by publishing calls for commitment.
CEPI – the Confederation of European Paper Industries – is giving innovation a head start by launching the Two Team Project. It consists of two competing teams that include experts, scientists, manufacturers, suppliers and representatives of the pulp and paper industry and other sectors. Applying a unique method of open innovation, both teams are set to identify breakthrough concepts of technologies and processes that make the current pulp and paper manufacturing process more efficient and create more value.
Breakthrough technologies are at the heart of CEPI’s ‘2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bio-economy’ report. A successful delivery on the two objectives of the roadmap – namely 80% decarbonisation of the industry and 50% value creation in 2050 – is only possible when breakthrough technologies are available by 2030.
The teams are urged to think out of the box, outside their comfort zone. The final concepts will need to be creative, innovative and imaginative. Breakthrough technologies are new concepts; new ways of thinking that go beyond current borders.
Submit your ideas
Both teams are looking for maximum support from passionate stakeholders within the pulp and paper industry, but also from beyond the sector. Everyone with a creative idea and an enthusiastic mind-set is called upon to submit ideas and to contribute to designing the future pulp and paper mill.
Today’s innovation model is fragmented. Innovative research takes place at companies and universities on a daily basis. However, only a small percentage is used in products or deployed in industrial processes. The Two Team Project uses open innovation - sharing ideas across companies, research institutes, academic institutions and public authorities - to generate new concepts and solutions efficiently.
In November this year, at least four breakthrough technology concepts will be delivered. The jury – composed of CEOs and high-level European officials – will select the winning concept. CEPI’s Annual Meeting at European Paper Week 2013 will unveil the winner.
Gather your ideas for the most efficient pulp and paper mill and submit them today at www.unfoldthefuture.eu
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CEPI (the Confederation of European Paper Industries) is giving innovation a head start by launching the Two Team Project. It consists of two competing teams - Red and Blue - that include experts, scientists, manufacturers, suppliers and representatives of the pulp and paper industry and other sectors. Applying a unique method of open innovation, both teams are set to identify breakthrough concepts of technologies and processes that make the current pulp and paper manufacturing process more efficient and create more value.
Around one hundred research and innovation experts from the European pulp and paper industry, the construction industry and its suppliers, from scientific institutes and international consulting companies gathered together for the the conference "Fiber plus - Unfolding the sustainable value of wood, pulp and paper" last week. This conference also marked the first R&D event of the "Two Team Project". The main objective of this project is to evaluate the key technologies of the future in the pulp and paper sector to achieve the objectives of the 2050 Roadmap. After the fruitful FibrePlus Conference on Monday in Lenzing the two teams met separately on Tuesday in Salzburg to start their discussion about concepts and ideas for breakthrough technologies in the pulp and paper industry. After eight hours of discussion both teams were satisfied with their first team meeting. Two experts from the Lenzing AG joined each Team for the first half of the day.
You will find the presentations of the different speakers here.
For more information about the Two Team Project, please visit www.unfoldthefuture.eu
Press release from the event (in German)
Photos from the event
The European pulp and paper industry today concluded its 14th European Paper Week, focusing on the implementation of the CEPI 2050 Roadmap for a low-carbon bio-economy. Within that context CEPI presented the Two Teams’ Project, aiming at pushing innovation in the industry to achieve the goals set out in the Roadmap.
Addressing the recently published Communication for an Industrial Policy for Europe, CEPI launched its publication “The Future has begun” outlining the pulp, paper and board industry’s contribution to reinvigorate European industry.
This year also marked the 20th anniversary of the association.
The three-day event brought together over 330 people from the sector, related organisations as well as representatives from the European institutions, providing a high-level platform for discussion.
At a moment when the European Institutions are working on finalising the Horizon 2020 proposal, defining its new research allocations and rules, CEPI organised a densely packed Annual Meeting on the “European Paper Industry – Enabling the Bioeconomy”.
”As well as reinforcing Europe's science base, Horizon 2020 will support industrial leadership, with actions to make Europe a more attractive place for businesses to invest in research and innovation. It will also help tackle important societal challenges like resource efficiency and the bio-economy“, commented Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, in her video message. In a panel, CEOs of the paper industry, the chemical sector and the financial world, exchanged views about the transformation path of the paper sector through the implementation of the CEPI 2050 Roadmap. ”In 2050 the forest fibre industry, will be at the heart of the bio-economy. We have a road, we have a roadmap - now let’s drive”, stated Jussi Pesonen, CEPI Chairman and CEO of UPM-Kymmene.
The plenary event also saw contributions from Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General at DG Enterprise, European Commission, who introduced the audience to the “new industrial revolution in Europe”; and Judith Merkies, Member of the European Parliament, who explained the position of the European Parliament on Horizon 2020.
“The Commission must put on sectoral lenses and look at the most coherent measures to realign Europe’s industry with the needs for wealth and jobs creation. With 25% of the global market, and exporting 20% of its production, our industry has its raw material base in Europe, its suppliers are large European companies, and it is actively organising innovation for new products and business models. All these are elements that put us in a central position to participate in the European economy recovery. But, we need facilitating policies and political attention”, said Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General in her presentation addressing the fact that Europe’s industry needs investor confidence.
A young researchers’ panel concluded the annual event of the European paper industry, bringing forward their work in finding solutions towards the CEPI 2050 Roadmap.
The key conclusion of the gathering is that the European Paper Industry walks the talk and ticks all the boxes included in the EU proposal for a new industrial revolution, in the “Communication on an Industrial Policy for Europe.”