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The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) has launched their 2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bio-economy

February 1, 2012

“Unfolding the Future:” crucial for Europe’s pulp, paper and wood products industries

This roadmap attempts to lay out the future of the forest fiber industry – the pulp, paper and board and wood products sectors combined – and its potential to meet future consumer demands, stay competitive and deliver a CO2 emission reduction in line with the modelled overall industrial reduction of 80% by 2050, compared to
1990 levels. The roadmap explores the technical, financial and resource constraints
that lie ahead, and the policy framework that will be needed to tackle them.

Carbon reduction can only be achieved with a technology push. Exploration shows that a reduction of 50 percent CO2 by 2050 is possible given the right circumstances, based on investment patterns and available and emerging technologies. To achieve an 80% CO2 reduction, however, it will need breakthrough technologies. These have to be developed and available by 2030.

Although the 2050 future is far away and today’s economy changes on an almost
daily basis, the time to act is short. The 40 years ahead comprise only two investment cycles for a capital intensive industry; in other words, “2050 is two paper machines away.”

To read “Unfolding the Future,” click here .