BRUSSELS, June 23, 2015 (Press Release) -Today European Commissioner Bieńkowska presented to the European Parliament her views on a new industrial policy for Europe. The Commissioner has done this in a new and refreshing approach, by sending a letter to the member states instead of yet another Communication from the Commission. The policy builds on the 20% industrial GDP target set by the former Commission.Read more
WESTBROOK, ME, May 29, 2015 (Press Release) -As the Environmental Protection Agency continues to implement its Clean Power plan without any definitive guidance for the treatment of biomass, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today visited Sappi North America in Westbrook, a biomass-utilizing pulp and paper producer that employs more than 300 people, to highlight legislation he recently introduced that would protect the renewable energy resource and the thousands of jobs it supports across Maine.Read more
DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 23, 2015 (Press Release) -Highlights
€482M OF NEW INVESTMENT IN FORESTRY
44,000HA OF NEW FORESTS, 700KM OF NEW FOREST ROADS
20% HIGHER PREMIUM PAYMENTS, 5% HIGHER AFFORESTATION GRANTS, 14% HIGHER ROAD GRANTS
NEW SPECIES WITH ROTATIONS OF 10-15 YEARS
MORE NATIVE TREES
WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 24, 2013 (Press Release) - American Forest Paper Association (AFPA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement, joining other industry groups in asking the D.C. Circuit Court to extend the deadline for seeking a rehearing in the lawsuit involving EPA's rule deferring regulation of biogenic CO2 emissions.Read more
Bioenergy is gaining more credibility in the U.S. thanks to the recent first-ever National Bioenergy Day – set up to create more awareness of the benefits of renewable energy. Sally Cousins reports on the venture that aims to bring the bioenergy renewable message to the forefront in the U.S.Read more
T’sai Lun should be a household name in our industry. He is the man, from the Hunan province of China, who is widely credited with inventing the paper making process on which today’s elaborate processes are still based. He did this back in A.D. 105 and I sometimes wonder how much we have evolved since then.Read more
SWINDON, UK, Aug. 28, 2013 (Press Release) -David Workman, CPI Director General, has written to George Osborne to again highlight the competitive damage to UK industry, specifically papermaking, arising from the Carbon Price Floor (CPF). Delays in part of the promised compensation package are making matters worse.Read more
LUTHERVILLE, MD, Aug. 1, 2013 (Press Release) -The 25x'25 Alliance has joined some 80 biomass, forestry, agriculture, conservation and bioenergy groups in a letter to EPA stating that any provisions associated with biomass the agency may develop as it completes its Tailoring Rule for biogenic carbon emissions must fully capture the long-term carbon benefits of biomass energy.
"EPA regulations must insure that the full potential of sustainable and clean bioenergy solutions be realized," said Ernie Shea, 25x'25 project coordinator.Read more
WASHINGTON, DC, July 23, 2013 (Washington Post) -When the American paper industry came up with a plan to get $2 billion in tax refunds, it first had to get past a guardian of the public's money: the Internal Revenue Service.
But the IRS, which has been in the news lately for its aggressive targeting of politically affiliated nonprofits, took at look at the paper industry's efforts and effectively shrugged. With no ruling from the agency, the refunds went through - based on the findings of the companies themselves.Read more