Paper sector identifies ‘breakthrough’ technologies

The pulp and paper industry hopes to use EU funds to bring new technologies with a large carbon reduction potential to the market by 2030

The pulp and paper industry hopes to use EU funds to bring potential ‘breakthrough’ emission reduction technologies to the market by 2030.

The eight technology ideas unveiled by industry association CEPI on Thursday can reduce CO2 emissions by 20-55 % and provide energy savings of 20-50% by 2050 compared with 2011 levels.

Manufacturing industries such as paper should cut emissions by 80% on 1990 levels by 2050 under the EU low-carbon roadmap. The paper sector’s direct and indirect emissions totalled 46 million tonnes of CO2 in 2011, down from 55 million in 1990. Some of the breakthrough technologies can be combined, a CEPI spokeswoman said.

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