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The industry has declared the start of The Age of Fibre with a brand new publication containing the most innovative products of the pulp and paper industry. This new publication is the third in the sequence of initiatives that started with the 2050 Roadmap in 2011, followed by the Two Team Project in 2013. All products featured in the new publication were shipped to Brussels for an exhibition that ran throughout the European Paper Week 2015.
CEPI in cooperation with StepChange and SITRA have launched a brochure on the state of industry 4.0 in the pulp and paper industry. The European pulp and paper industry has experienced and consistently supported the three major phases of industrial transformation since the 18th century. From steam power to electric power, then to the progressive integration of automation and information technologies, today’s paper industry stands ready to engage in its fourth industrial phase: industry 4.0.
Central to this next level of transformation is the abundance and utilisation of mass data, the ability to connect across the value chain in real-time, mass customisation and smart factories. More than simply another ‘buzzword’, industry 4.0 represents the next industrial revolution. This will contribute to Europe’s re-industrialisation and industry’s increased competitiveness.
Very soon, industry 4.0 will link product customisation with large production series, linking products to services and machines to machines. This will lead to faster, more flexible and more efficient manufacturing processes and shorter supply chains, so allowing an unprecedented level of ‘mass individualised’ customer service.
Today, the European pulp and paper industry is in full transformation. Both market and consumer needs have evolved, while policy pressure and global competition have increased. Therefore, industry has to innovate to remain competitive. Innovation can address not only processes, services and products, but also business models, workforce training and education. Consequently, our industry sees huge potential in ‘digital’, instead of treating it as a trend we are forced to compete with.
CEPI is looking for innovative products or prototypes to appear in a unique publication, featuring the 20 most innovative products in the pulp and paper industry today. The products can belong to any of the following categories: pulp, paper, packaging, tissue or bio-based products. They will also be part of an innovation exhibition at European Paper Week on 17-19 November 2015 in Brussels. All entries will feature on CEPI’s website, whether they make the final selection or not.
To submit a product, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GTB2SCC
Deadline: 15 September
Make sure you read the following eligibility criteria before submitting an entry.
· The products must belong to one of these categories: pulp, paper, packaging, tissue, bio-based products.
· They must be truly innovative. Incremental improvement of existing products will not be considered.
· Their developments must also involve at least one European pulp and paper company that is a member of CEPI (i.e. a member of one of CEPI's National Associations).
· Ideally, their commercialisation should firstly take place in Europe.
· They should be available for an exhibition during the European Paper Week 2015 on 17 to 19 November in Brussels.
The PROVIDES consortium recently received a substantial subsidy from the Bio-based Industries Initiative (BBI JU). The consortium focuses on developing environmentally friendly alternatives to chemical solvents in the European pulp and paper industry by means of Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES). Coordinated by ISPT, the industry-driven PROVIDES project is also financially supported by 18 industrial partners. The BBI subsidy means the project can go full steam ahead with the further development and industrial implementation of these innovative green processes.
The project is of high interest to the paper and pulp industry as it offers a new, environmentally friendly technology to isolate high-quality cellulose fibres and lignin from lignocellulose. The innovative technology can potentially reduce CO2 emissions in the papermaking chain by 20%.
“The subsidy is great news for the industry,” says Math Jennekens, R&D Director at Sappi Europe, one of the consortium‟s industrial partners. “The DES technology will bring an enormous breakthrough in our industry and strengthen our position as a pivotal sector in the development of the bio-based economy. It‟s therefore important, in this pre-competitive stage, that the technology is developed in a form of cooperation that brings universities and institutes together with the European pulp and paper industry.”
“The PROVIDES project is an excellent example of what industrial cooperation can bring,” says Tjeerd Jongsma, Director of ISPT. “The original approach taken in CEPI‟s Two Team Project competition brought forward the best ideas industry-wide. The next step is an open innovation setting with broad participation of the major European industries to bring this idea to realization. For me, this is proof that the joint European paper industry will be able to cope with global competition „head-on‟.”
“The role of ISPT in the consortium formation is truly exemplary,” says Ekhard Beuleke from Omya International AG, Switzerland. “ISPT provided us with support, as well as with pre-discussed „standardised‟ draft contracts and agreements, which made it much easier and less time-consuming to align all the many different partners in the consortium.”
The PROVIDES project will benefit from the knowledge and expertise on DESs that has already been built up over the past few years. Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e) recently produced the first hydrophobic DES. The PROVIDES project can use these insights to remove detrimental hydrophobic components from wood and paper for recycling. Progress has also been made by TU/e and VTT, both partners in the consortium, on lignin-dissolving DES. This will be further developed in the context of the project.
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About the PROVIDES project
Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) are nature-based, renewable, biodegradable, low-volatile and cost-effective. When used for producing high-quality cellulose fibers in paper-making applications, they are extremely energy efficient, particularly because they do not require high temperatures. They offer a groundbreaking new method for the pulping of many different lignocellulosic materials for producing chemical pulp, pure lignin and other chemicals.
The PROVIDES consortium consists of 18 industrial partners in the pulp and papermaking chain, complemented by ISPT as coordinator, and Technical University Eindhoven, CTP and VTT as knowledge partners. Consortium partners come from all over Europe: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland.
As part of the PROVIDES project, three PhD students from Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) are carrying out research in close collaboration with the industrial partners from the pulp and paper industry. These projects focus on the use of DESs for the recycling of paper, lignocellulose fractionation and recovery processes. The research group is the first in the world to systematically screen possible DES mixtures, and has already reported several new ones.
CEPI Two Team Project competition
In 2012, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) organized a competition in which two teams – independently and in competition with each other – worked for a year on finding new breakthrough concepts to achieve 80% CO2 reduction by 2050. Each team presented four concepts. The winning concept was Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs). For more information, see www.unfoldthefuture.eu and this document.
The Institute for Sustainable Process Technology unites industry, universities, research organizations and SMEs in order to accelerate innovation and ultimately transform process technology into a green, clean, efficient endeavour. In addition to developing knowledge, the Institute fosters the demonstration and application of new technologies. More information: www.ispt.eu.
The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking is a new €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). Operating under Horizon 2020, it is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry. 50% of the PROVIDES partners are member of BIC. More information: www.bbi-europe.eu and www.biconsortium.eu.
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Group photo by ISPT – „PROVIDES consortium‟
Logo of the BBI, official H2020 requirement to add this logo to all publications.
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Creating a world-leading bioeconomy in the European Union requires bold political moves. On the occasion of its launch at the European Parliament on 4 February, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EBA) calls for more predictable policies leading to a long-term strategy for a competitive, dynamic and sustainable bioeconomy in Europe.
Developing the bioeconomy is only feasible if the European Union provides a holistic, coherent and harmonised framework in a range of policy fields: agriculture, forestry, marine, industrial, climate, environment, energy, research, innovation and regional development. The EU needs to act on the following four main fronts in particular, in order to help Europe become a leader in the bioeconomy:
1. Implement priority recommendations from the Lead Market Initiative1on bio-based products. This will not only create new markets and jobs but also stimulate economic recovery, focusing on: access to feedstock, research, development and innovation, access to markets, public procurement and communication.
2. Encourage member states to implement measures to i) increase agricultural and forestry productivity and soil fertility in a sustainable way and ii) facilitate mobilisation and access to renewable feedstock at competitive prices.
3. Address barriers to investment in first commercial operations, such as biorefineries in Europe. The Public Private Partnership on Bio-based Industries is a first step in the right direction and should facilitate and catalyse other European and national and regional financing sources.
4. Engage with civil society, together with farmers, forest owners and industry, to encourage the debate on shaping a more competitive, sustainable bioeconomy for Europe.
EBA’s vision is to help establish a more competitive, innovative, energy-secure and sustainable Europe, separating economic growth from a reliance on imported fossil sources, resource depletion, and environmental impact. EBA fully supports both the European Commission’s work on developing an EU bioeconomy as well as on-going efforts at member state and regional level to implement local strategies. In addition, EBA entirely supports the recent establishment of the European Parliament intergroup on “climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development” and its subgroup on the bioeconomy.
Over the next decades, the bioeconomy will play an increasingly important role in boosting Europe’s economy by revitalising rural and coastal areas and disused industrialised sites while providing more growth and jobs. According to the European Commission, the European bioeconomy is worth nearly €2 trillion and provides more than 22 million jobs to EU citizens2.
The bioeconomy is not a niche sector; it encompasses the sustainable production of renewable resources and their conversion into food, feed, fibres, materials, chemicals and bioenergy through efficient and/or innovative technologies, which provides widespread economic, environmental and societal benefits. Therefore, the EBA calls for the bioeconomy development to be set as a priority in the Commission’s new €315 billion investment plan as well as in national and regional measures, to help ensure Europe’s sustainable economic recovery.
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Note to the Editor
The EBA is an informal alliance of leading European organisations active in the bioeconomy. Its members are:
• BIC - Bio-based Industries Consortium
• CEFS - European Association of Sugar Producers
• CEPF - Confederation of European Forest Owners
• CEPI - Confederation of European Paper Industries
• COPA - COGECA - European Farmers and European agri-cooperatives
• ePURE - European Renewable Ethanol Producers Association
• EuropaBio - The European Association for Bioindustries
• EUBP - European Bioplastics
• FEDIOL - The EU Vegetable Oil & Proteinmeal Industry
• FTP - Forest-based Sector Technology Platform
• PFP - Primary Food Processors
• Starch Europe - European Starch Industry Association
1. Priority Recommendations from the Lead Market Initiative on bio-based products
2. Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions “Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe”, 13 February 2012, COM(2012)60 final.