Pulp and Paper Industry and its Role in the Circular Economy
Pulp and paper industry of Slovenia is developing dynamically, combining a high pace of growth and compliance with the leading environmental standards. The stable nature of production is recognized at the state level as well. Pulp and paper industry plays an important role in the strategic program of Slovenia’s transition to the circular economy. This will cause an inflow of investments and give new impetus to the development of production. This was the topic of the jubilee 20th Day of Pulp and Paper Industry in Slovenia, which was attended by 280 experts from 15 countries.
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According to the director of the Pulp and Paper Institute Matej Mešl, Slovenia’s transition to the circular economy takes place within the framework of the intellectual specialization of industries. Mešl, together with other partners of the program, highlighted the importance of sectoral integration and focus on the new trends, which include bioeconomy, wherein Slovenia wants to make optimum use of its potential. “The goal is to enter the growing market for environmental technologies, which are as much a part of our reality, as the digital technology is,” Matej Mešl said.
The President of the Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (ZPPPI) at the Chamber of Commerce Tadej Gosak expressed his opinion about the new business models, “The Slovenian paper industry has quickly adapted to the new role of paper in the market. More than 80% of all production is exported, which makes it possible to state that our industry is the engine room of the Slovenian economy.”
He noted that the pulp and paper industry had two objectives. Firstly, to increase the added value by 50% and secondly, to meet the increasingly stringent environmental standards of the EU.