News in Brief – 06/02/20

CEPI appoints new Chairman

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) has appointed Ignazio Capuano, CEO of Italian firm Burgo Group Spa and Vice President of Italian paper manufacturers’ association Assocarta, as the company’s new Chairman.

Ignazio Capuano, Chairman of CEPI
Ignazio Capuano, Chairman of CEPI

Capuano has worked in the paper industry since 1991, previously as general manager of Saffa and CEO of Reno de Medici before taking on his current role at Burgo Group in 2016. He will serve as CEPI’s Chairman for two years, from 2020 to the end of 2021.

Commenting on his appointment, Capuano said: “I am proud to take over the presidency of the European paper industry confederation with the recent announcement of the Green Deal for Europe – a great challenge that the paper industry has already welcomed by paving the way for an even more competitive and sustainable production, indicating solutions based on innovation and circularity for a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050.

“As CEPI Chairman it will be my job to continue the work already started towards the 2050 climate objectives, starting from the environmental results already obtained by the sector, always paying attention to the efficient use of our natural capital. The paper industry has a great environmental history to tell as an example of circular economy and commitment to sustainable development for future generations.”

Jori Ringman, Director General of CEPI, added: “We wish Ignazio Capuano every success for his time as Chairman and we look forward to working under his leadership to help the European paper industry continue its growth path while staying sustainable and providing solutions for the climate-neutral society of 2050.”

Further information is available on the CEPI website.

Go Plant Fleet Services wins award for Corporate Social Responsibility

Go Plant Fleet Services has been awarded a gold medal award by sustainability ratings platform EcoVadis, placing the company in the top five per cent of the vehicle renting and leasing industry.

Go Plant Fleet Services HR Manager Sheldon Gayfer and Karen Roberts, Environmental Manager with the EcoVadis certificate
Go Plant Fleet Services HR Manager Sheldon Gayfer and Karen Roberts, Environmental Manager with the EcoVadis certificate

The company, which offers hire of refuse collection vehicles, has implemented a number of sustainability initiatives over the last year, including the introduction of a Sustainable Procurement Policy.

Sheldon Gayfer, HR Manager at Go Plant Fleet Services, commented: “EcoVadis is an external platform that measures and assesses a broad range of non-financial topics, so we’re delighted to have been awarded a gold rating.

“It’s independent recognition of our commitment to sustainable economic, social and environmental impact and shows that we’ve aligned all of our activities to that goal.
“Corporate Social Responsibility is a core focus for the business and the fact that we’re rated in the top five per cent in our industry demonstrates that we’re doing all we can to create a better and brighter future.

“We’ve made great strides in a number of aspects of sustainability over recent years and this rating illustrates we’re on the right track. But we’re continually striving to improve our performance and have other initiatives in the pipeline to maintain our progress.”

You can find more information on the Go Plant Fleet Services website.

Geminor begins contaminated waste wood export

Over the next three years, Geminor will be delivering 20,000 tonnes of CCA/A4 contaminated waste wood from Finnish company Demolite OY to several energy-from-waste (EfW) plants in the Berlin area.

Waste wood arriving in Germany

Ismo Hiltunen, Geminor’s country manager in Finland, commented: “The German import comes as a result of market changes and lack of recovery capacity for this type of material in Finland.

“Germany has installed a large energy recovery capacity for A4 contaminated waste wood, and we are pleased to establish a long term export solution for the Finnish market. With the German subsidy scheme (EEG) coming to an end between 2020 and 2026, many of the energy recovery plants need to find fuel which can support a gate fee. The CCA or A4 wood fraction is a fuel that fulfills this purpose.

“With effective logistics we hope to fulfill the needs of the various markets and support regional waste disposal companies in a difficult market.”

Geminor will be exporting clean A1 waste wood for material recycling in the panel board industry in Scandinavia and eastern Europe.

For more information, visit the Geminor website.

Bunting announces BMRA membership

Magnet design and manufacturing company Bunting has joined the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), the trade association representing over 250 organisations in the UK metal recycling sector.

Simon Ayling, Bunting’s European Managing Director
Simon Ayling, Bunting’s European Managing Director

Simon Ayling, Bunting’s European Managing Director, said: “We are proud of our strong association with UK metals recycling industry, which was the primary reason for joining the BMRA.

“The industry focus is both on maximising recovery and purity. Waste materials destined for landfill need to be as metal-free as is practically possible. However, metals manufacturers are also keen to reduce waste and are demanding higher purity recycled metal feed. Our role is to provide the best separation technology.”

This announcement comes just two months after Bunting joined the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and the Distribution Association.

Ayling explained: “Membership of key industry associations enables us to meet and talk with key industry professionals on a regular basis. This allows us to better understand issues in the industry, which will drive our product development.”

More information can be found on the Bunting website.

Recycling Technologies announces new Chairman of the Board

Swindon-based plastic feedstock recycling company Recycling Technologies has announced the appointment of Gary Bullard as the company’s new Chairman of the Board.

Gary Bullard, Chairman of the Board at Recycling Technologies
Gary Bullard, Chairman of the Board at Recycling Technologies

Bullard will bring more than 37 years of strategic and operational leadership experience to the role, having held a number of senior executive positions in major corporates such as IBM and BT, where he was President of BT Global Services.

Commenting on his new appointment, Bullard said: “I recognise the pivotal role that Recycling Technologies is playing in helping to drive the sustainability of the plastics. I am delighted to join as chairman at this important time in the company’s growth and I believe
that my technology market knowledge will be beneficial in this commercialisation phase.”

Adrian Griffiths, CEO of Recycling Technologies, added: “Gary is an exceptional business leader and we are thrilled to have him as our new Chairman. His extensive technology and B2B industry expertise and strategic leadership skills will prove invaluable in the expansion of Recycling Technologies as we forge ahead with our plans for 2020 and beyond.”

Visit the Recycling Technologies website for more information.