61% of the energy used to produce paper and paper packaging in Europe comes from renewable sources.

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Paper power

Paper is fundamental to a circular economy and has the benefit that it is based on wood fibres which are renewable, recyclable and sustainable. 61% of European pulp and paper mills’ energy consumption comes from renewable sources and 95% of on-site electricity production is through efficient combined heat and power (CHP) units.

Between 2010 and 2021, the European paper industry reduced its total primary energy consumption by 8.7% and it is now lower than it was at the beginning of this century.

The paper, pulp and print sector is one of the lowest industrial emitters of greenhouse gases, accounting for 0.9% of European emissions in 2021.

61% of the energy used to produce paper and paper packaging in Europe comes from renewable sources.

CEPI Key Statistics, 2022

European forests absorb around 10% of total EU greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Forest Europe, State of Europe’s Forest, 2020

The paper industry’s carbon emissions have reduced by 50% per tonne of product from 1990 to 2022.

CEPI Key Statistics, 2022

Paper helps to tackle climate change

Choosing paper packaging is one way to tackle climate change. As the provider of a renewable and recyclable resource, forests of all types play a critical role in the global carbon cycle.

European forests act as a major carbon sink. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow and a proportion of it is locked-up in the wood fibre. Between 2010 and 2020, the average annual sequestration of carbon in forest biomass reached 155 million tonnes in the European region.

In the EU27 + UK, carbon sequestration from forests corresponds to around 10% of gross greenhouse gas emissions.

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