Pulp & Paper Industry

The pulp and paper sector is the fifth most energy-intensive industry in Europe. While it has reduced carbon emissions by 29% since 2005, it continues to be a hard-to-abate sector due, in part, to the rise in packaging and sanitary and household paper demand from the COVID pandemic.

How demand shifts in the future remains to be seen, but there will always be a demand for paper products. In order to meet the EU’s 2050 Net Zero goal, each industry member needs to continue to expand their sustainability efforts.

Sustainability in the Pulp and Paper Industry

Less than half of pulp and paper companies have at least one environmental commitment recognized by the CDP, RE100, or SBTi. There is a clear need to ramp up climate action by establishing better energy sourcing and efficiency, optimal resource management, improved recycling, and accelerated energy efficiency.

From adopting additional renewable energy sources to improving data collection and accessibility, there is progress to be made across the sector.


Projected increase in energy use per year


Metrics tons of carbon released each year across Europa


Projected increase in industry production by 2030

How ENGIE Impact Can Help Pulp and Paper Companies

Stakeholder Engagement

Building a holistic decarbonization strategy requires stakeholder engagement from inception to execution. We survey internal and external stakeholders to assess the desired ambition level and expectations about the company.


Understanding site emissions at factories, mills and packaging site allows us to analyze the various issues and then develop a plan for each location. This also helps inform the global plan to be rolled out across the organization.


Addressing potential renewable energy sources at the site and country level allows us to consider all relevant decarbonization technologies—those currently existing and those expected to be available in the coming decades. Considering timelines, evolution of costs and projected future capacity all go into creating a robust, long-term roadmap.

Industry Experts

Mark Chadwick Managing Director, Sustainability Solutions – EMEAI
Stéphane Rapoport Managing Director, Sustainability Solutions - EMEAI
Sesilia Plavina Senior Manager, Sustainability Solutions - EMEAI

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