Next month, the European pulp and paper industry will come together in Brussels to exchange experiences and consider important issues facing the sector.

European Paper Week 2017 takes place November 28 – 30, with all events taking place in Brussels. The event is organized by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).

The organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and guests are invited to help celebrate at the CEPI 25th anniversary dinner and PPI Awards. The award ceremony will be held at Brussels’ Cinquentenaire museum, a royal museum of art and history featuring archaeological artefacts from around the world.

More than 400 people participated in European Paper Week last year, drawing speakers and visitors with an interest in the pulp and paper industry from around the world.

“Five Senses Exhibition”

This year, visitors can enjoy CEPI’s special “Five Senses Exhibition” – aimed at demonstrating the tactile, visual, and sensory appeal of paper – as well a packed events program featuring top-level international speakers. This year’s speakers include CEPI Director General Sylvain Lhôte; Gunther Pauli, serial entrepreneur, author of 20 books and initiator of The Blue Economy; Peter Oswald, CEO of Mondi Europe & International; Lena Ek, former Swedish MEP and Minister for the Environment; Kurt Schaefer, Vice-President, Fibre, RISI and Alejandro Mata Lopez, Economist, European Forest Products, RISI.

Topics on the agenda include energy trends, market projections, the forest supply chain, and the future outlook for the sector. Most of the official events will be hosted at the Radisson Blu Royal hotel in Brussels. A full program can be found online.

Alongside the official CEPI events, which are all open to the public, participating paper industry associations hold their own additional members-only meetings during the week.

One such event will be the International Council of Forest & Paper Associations (ICFPA) which is bringing its member associations together to discuss the future and performance of the industry and key issues facing it, including sustainability.