Paper industry is a partner on the way to a climate-neutral society


Paper industry is a partner on the way to a climate-neutral society

Berlin (ots)

“Paper is used as a raw material in many products. The paper industry is energy-intensive and uses a lot of natural gas. That’s why the innovative power of the industry must now be geared towards energy efficiency and decarbonization. Paper with its high recyclability is exemplary for sustainable and circular production. These are excellent starting points for the transformation.” The Federal Minister of Economics, Dr. Robert Habeck on Thursday at the “Paper Summit” of the association DIE PAPIERINDUSTRIE in Berlin.

Association President Winfried Schaur praised the value-based policy of the federal government in the current crisis in front of 150 guests. He pointed out that the paper companies were very willing to transform. In international competition, however, the exploding energy prices in Germany could mean the end for many energy-intensive companies without corresponding relief. The federal government, in particular, is called upon to implement the recommendations of the Gas Commission quickly and to eliminate existing contradictions with EU state aid law.

Schaur also called for a reset in energy policy so as not to head towards a supply gap that has lasted for years. Before existing energy sources are switched off, it must be ensured that a reliable switch to renewable energies and the corresponding storage options can be made. The industry is already registering a drop in production due to high energy prices, which cannot be passed on to customers. There must be faster approval procedures for renewable energies themselves. “In energy policy, the entire industry needs reliability, predictability and, above all, a realistic perspective,” said Schaur.

As an introductory statement to the “Paper Summit”, the former President of the Bundestag, Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert critically examines the concept of a turning point and the role of the industry: “The paper industry is an encouraging example of the fact that “turning points” are not only associated with challenges, but also with opportunities.

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Original content from: DIE PAPIERINDUSTRIE eV, transmitted by news aktuell

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