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26 April 2012
The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has today released its 2011 Annual Review.
The 2011 Annual Review highlights the continued efforts by CPI in support of its Members and the wider Paper-based Industries as they faced a barrage of measures which threatened the very core of UK Manufacturing.
The Review outlines some of the key activities with which CPI was engaged throughout the year including:
- Lobbying on key issues by targeting Ministers, from the Prime Minister downwards regarding reform of the UK’s electricity market, meeting Renewables Obligations and reducing carbon emissions.
- Raising the paper-based industries’ profile through Parliamentary events such as the Dods Manufacturing Programme and the Corrugated Sector’s own Parliamentary Reception.
- Consulting on and drafting position papers on industry issues such as Energy from Waste, the quality standards for recovered material and the evolving MRF Code of Practice.
- Influencing the work within alliances, such as the Energy Intensive Users Group and the All Party Manufacturing Group and engaging with Defra and the Devolved Administrations.
- In November, the Biennial Health & Safety Conference was again a resounding success with record attendance.
In his introduction, Bob McLellan, CPI President, outlines how the industry has changed, and the fact that there is much to look forward to. He highlights the significant investment being made by Members and the value CPI offers to Members in terms of benefits gained through its lobbying effort.
In response, David Workman, CPI Director General, highlights the work of CPI in tackling Ministers on key issues and attempting to influence the direction of policy that is central to the future of the industry.
CPI has taken the unusual step of reprinting the executive summary of a report prepared by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) titled “unfold the future” which aims to set out a 2050 Roadmap for the Forest Fibre Industry to a low-carbon bio-economy. David Workman strongly supports the report and believes it is central to the industry’s future development in a low-carbon economy.
The 2011 Annual Review also includes the usual detailed data, with a wealth of market statistics relevant to all four Sectors of CPI’s Membership, including:
- UK paper and board consumption;
- Paper and board woodpulp usage;
- Paper and board mills and employees;
- Recovered paper markets;
- Production of corrugated boxes.
2011 was a solid year for papermakers, as the first year since 1997 with no mill closures. Although 2011 saw apparent consumption fall, the market statistics highlight positive outcomes in a booming Tissue sector.
The UK paper recycling rate increased by nearly 5% on the previous year, and the rise from 75.1% in 2010 to 78.7% last year ensures that the UK surpassed the target set in the revised ‘European Declaration on Paper Recycling (2011-2015)’ to “maintain current high levels in countries where it already reached levels of above 70%”.
CPI’s 2011 Annual Review is available in hard copy, and will shortly be mailed to all Members, MPs and key trade press. To request a copy please contact Annabel Acton, Communications Manager on 01793 889612 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.