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Paper among most sustainable European industries

A new report suggests that the paper industry is one of the most sustainable in Europe and presents its record and vision for the future.

The Second Sustainability Report, released by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) tells of a drive to increase recycling that has made paper the most recycled product in Europe. It also states the goal of further increasing this by focusing on the quality of recovered paper.

CEPI managing director Teresa Presas said: “The report shows that the paper industry is one of the most sustainable in Europe today. It works with and for the environment; it delivers essential everyday products to society; and makes an important contribution to Europe’s economic wealth, including vital jobs in rural areas.”

The report also gives details of an active commitment to sustainable forest management, public condemnation of illegal logging and a pledge to help combat it.

It then states CEPI’s focus on renewable energy that has made the industry the biggest user and producer of renewable energy in Europe, declaring to take this still further.

In all, the document suggests that the industry recognises and values the three interlinked dimensions of sustainability: environmental, social and economic.

Presas added: “But the report also shows that the industry is not complacent. It knows that more needs to be done and it sets out its plans for continuous improvement.

“We have used the process as an opportunity for dialogue with stakeholders, to learn how they think the industry can best contribute to a sustainable Europe. The views of stakeholders from European non-Government Organisations to politicians, from industry to customers and from analysts to suppliers were sought and are reflected in the report.”

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