The European Paper industry is a key sector contributing to the sustainable re-industrialization of Europe. There are 185,000 people employed in white, blue and green collar jobs in the paper industry in Europe. Indirectly, 3 million jobs are supported through the supply chain. 633 companies are represented by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) and these account for 23% of world production.
The industry’s environmental credentials are second to none. At least 82% of raw materials are sourced in Europe from responsibly managed forests which are more abundant and healthier now than they were 40 years ago. The industry is a large user of renewable energy and achieved a recycling rate of 71.5% in 2015.
Paper and board production in Europe increased gradually until 2007 but suffered significantly from the economic crisis in 2008 and 2009, along with most industrial sectors. However, the European pulp and paper industry remains an important contributor to EU economic growth and job creation, with its performance still stronger than other energy-intensive sectors in Europe.
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