It said more governments implementing appropriate policies to reduce green house gas emissions would help rebalance the relative competitiveness of UK industry, which it added was already playing a large role in reducing carbon emissions through participation in UK climate change agreements and EU emissions trading schemes.
CPI head of regulatory affairs David Morgan said: The paper manufacturing industry in the UK has worked hard to improve its energy efficiency over the years and the sectors energy consumption (which is a direct analogue for carbon emissions) has reduced by more than 25% since 1990. Our performance is still improving and this has helped contribute to the Governments carbon reduction targets.
He added: Industry as a whole represents just 14% of green house gas emissions and it is important therefore that future policy decisions ensure all parts of the economy play a part in delivering green house gas reductions. Any such decisions should recognise the efforts that industry continues to make in this area and not add further costs to business.
The CPI said the paper industry was an excellent example of a sustainable industry, with 75% of UK raw material being recycled fibre, one of the highest percentages in Europe.