The European pulp and paper industry produces original bio-based products using wood, a renewable material. It is also the biggest single industrial user and producer of renewable energy in the EU: 60% of the industry’s total fuels consumption is biomass-based.1 And the industry has the potential to do even more in the future. It has the experience, technology and supply chain to play a big part in the bio-economy and to do so in a resource efficient manner.
The environmental impact of our personal paper consumption may not be as high as you think either. In Europe, we each use an average of 125kg of paper every year.2 This amount of paper
produces 84kg of CO2 3 which is equal to driving about 500 miles in the average European car.4 By buying paper from sustainably managed forests and always recycling, we really do not have to feel guilty about using this natural and renewable product.
The direct CO2 emissions of the European pulp and paper industry reduced by 25% between 2005 and 2017.CEPI Key Statistics, 2017
The paper products and printing sector is one of the lowest industrial greenhouse gas emitters.
Manufacturing industries account for 24% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions:
|Chemical & Chemical Products||4.3%|
|Coke & Refined Petroleum||4.0%|
|Food, Beverages & tobacco||1.4%|
|Paper & Paper Products||0.9%|
|Printing & Recorded Media||0.1%|
Based on Eurostat data, 2016.
By buying paper from sustainably managed forests and always recycling, we really do not have to feel guilty about using this natural and renewable product.
1 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 – 2015.
2 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Forest Products Yearbook 2016
3 Based on a nominal 670kg CO2e/tonne carbon footprint for paper (EUROGRAPH estimate).
4 Based on average of 118.5g CO2/km for new cars sold in 2017.