Anders Stuxberg is appointed specialist within Siemens Energy AB in the field of Power Plant Process
Integration and Co-function. Siemens Energy is one of the major global suppliers of equipment for the
energy sector such as gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, heat pumps, wind power and electric
transmission equipment. Anders Stuxberg provides engineering support for project developers around
the World and supports for new plant technologies and business fields. He also has a seat in the
executive committee of the European Association for Promotion of Cogeneration (COGEN Europe). He
holds a MSC degree in engineering and has more than 30 years of experience from power plant solution
Anna Papagrigoraki is the Sustainability Director at Cepi, the European Confederation of Paper Industries, since 2019. Prior to Cepi, Anna held positions in PlasticsEurope where she was part of the Advocacy team and CEFS, the EU Sugar Manufacturers Association as an Environment & Agricultural Advisor. She has experience in environmental policy topics ranging from industrial emissions and circular economy to climate change and life-cycle-assessment. Anna has Masters in Civil Engineering (2009) and MSc in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2010) from the University of Southampton.
Annie is the Director of the RE-Source Platform. Annie’s key responsibility is to drive RE-Source’s policymaker and energy buyer engagement strategy. She coordinates the execution of the Platform’s activities.
Annita Westenbroek is Energy Innovations Manager at Cepi since June 2020. She is also Manager Innovations at the Royal Association of Dutch Paper and Board Industries, director of the Dutch Biorefinery Cluster, and cluster director at the Dutch Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT), where she coordinates the European initiative on Deep Eutectic Solvents.
Annita studied Chemical Engineering and in 2000 received her PhD on a research towards refining of paper making fibres. She has been employed for 11 years at Wageningen UR, of which 6 years being responsible for coordination of the research group focusing towards the pulp & paper industry.
Astrid Ladefoged is Head of Unit for Planetary Common Goods, Universal Values & Environmental Security within DG Environment at the European Commission. The unit aims to enhance the understanding of the environment equity-stability-peace nexus and its link to resource management, and pursues a better integration of the importance to protect the natural resource base in both EU and global policy responses on climate, energy, development, trade, and foreign and security policy. This includes promoting sustainable forest management and combating illegal logging. It also comprises work on the UNECE water convention and, more broadly, with the International Resources Panel and other bodies aiming to enhance the science-policy interface and to support international initiatives for resource efficiency and an international uptake of circular economy.
Ms Ladefoged has more than 20 years of professional experience working on the EU's policies including at national level in a ministry, at European level in a think-tank and finally for more than 15 years in the European Commission in various departments and in a cabinet.
Economist with a strong experience of public affairs at EU level in a European industry trade association, I’m in daily contact with companies and EU institutions officials advocating on behalf of an industry sector striving for competitiveness and jobs. I have been involved in the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry, which gathers the heads of the main industry sector organisations based in Brussels.
Catharina has more than 16 years of experience from developing environmental methodologies as well as data management and softwares in the field of life cycle assessments. Prior to her current role, she worked at Cepi as Sustainability Manager (2018-2023) and is currently chairing the Environmental footprint issue group at Cepi and taking part in the European Commission's Carbon Removals Expert Group as a Cepi representative.
Christian Holzleitner is currently Head of Unit responsible for Finance for Innovation and Land Use at the European Commissions Directorate-General for Climate Action. Previously, he worked as assistant to the Director-General for Climate Action covering all issues related to EU and international climate policy; and at the Directorate-General for Competition in the area of State aid for services of general economic interest in the postal, transport, and health sectors.
Before joining the European Commission, Christian worked as senior manager with KPMG Germany on international transfer pricing.
Christian is an economist and holds a PhD from the University of Linz (Austria).
Policy Analyst at the European Commission Joint Research Centre focusing on foresight, design for policy.
Cristian Matti is a sustainability and innovation policy expert committed to enabling science-policy-practice interfaces to design and implement territorial development strategies in multi-stakeholder settings. He has 20+ years of relevant professional experience with interventions in more than 18 countries in Europe and South America. His background includes research and projects on systemic policy processes, climate change, circular economy and innovation management. He specialises in strategies for adapting scientific methods and tools into actionable knowledge by combining applied research, design, project and innovation management and capacity building. Cristian Matti is a policy researcher, and a system thinker motivated to enable institutional change through innovation and capacity development processes across cultures and sectors.
BA Econ (UNLP- Argentina), MSc Science and Technology for Sustainability – SPRU, UK and PhD in innovation studies and economic geography by University of Valencia (Spain)
David leads Preferred by Nature’s Regulatory Impact Programme, the goals of which are to ensure positive impacts within the landscape of regulatory and policy compliance.
He also supports our Sustainability Advisory division, covering the due diligence services for forest-impact commodities.
Davide Rizzi is an Application Engineer at Turboden, responsible for Large Heat Pump application in Heat Generation Business Unit.
He started his journey in Turboden as engineer in charge of energy efficiency projects in the O&G industry, working in project in North America and Middle East.
Now, together with the Heat Generation Business Unit team, he develops energy efficiency solutions based on Large Heat Pump implementation in industrial processes, helping industries to decarbonize their assets.
Davide Rizzi holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Brescia with major in industrial processes. During his studies, he joined Power Engineering department of National Tsing Hua University of Taiwan as research fellow working with Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).
Florie Gonsolin, a French national, joined Cefic in January 2017 as a Climate Change and Energy Manager and successively, as Director of Industrial Transformation. She coordinates Cefic’s participation into the EU Chemical Industry Transformation Pathway and manages ad-hoc projects on industrial transformation for the Cefic Board.
Prior to joining Cefic, Florie worked for the transport fuels sector focusing on climate and energy policy. She also gained experience in the European Parliament, working for two MEPs.
Florie is graduated International politics, law and economics (specialised in European politics) as well as business administration.
Hans Ingels is the Head of Unit for Bioeconomy, Chemicals and Cosmetics in the European Commission's DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, where is also Deputy to the Director. His team is responsible for the industrial aspects of the bioeconomy, and the EU legislation on cosmetics, fertilising products, classification, packaging and labelling of hazardous chemicals (CLP), toy safety, pyrotechnical articles, civil explosives, detergents, good laboratory practice (GLP) and drug precursors. His team is also managing the Transition Pathway for the Chemicals Industry.
Hans Ingels obtained a Law Degree (KULeuven – Belgium), a Degree in Notarial Studies (KULeuven - Belgium), a Postgraduate in Company Law (KUBrussel - Belgium) and a Master Degree in European and International Law (VUBrussel – Belgium). He joined the European Commission in 1995 and spent most of his career on files related to the single market for products.
Mr. Hämälä has been the President and CEO of Metsä, a forest industry group originated in Finland and operating in about 30 countries, since 2018. The Group’s annual sales is roughly EUR 5.5 billion and it employs some 9,300 people worldwide. Metsä Group’s parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative, which is owned by approximately 100,000 Finnish forest owners representing almost half of Finland’s private forests, which are some of the largest in the European Union. During his career, Mr. Hämälä has held various high-level positions within Metsä Group, starting his career in the company in 1988.
Johan Bruce is Director Energy Policy at the Swedish Forest Industries Federation since September 2019. He is also a member of the CEPI Climate Change & Energy committee. Johan studied mechanical engineer specializing in power and heat technology. Before joining the Swedish Forest Industries Federation Johan worked as a energy market consultant at Sweco and market analyst at Fortum.
Since June 2019, Jori Ringman is Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (Cepi). Previously he was Deputy Director General and responsible for issues relating to sustainability, environment and consumer protection, with particular concern for packaging and food contact. Since joining Cepi in 2005 he has been advancing and exploring circular low carbon bioeconomy in the sector.
Prior to 2005, he was a civil servant at the European Commission and a political advisor in the European Parliament.
Mr. Jukka Kantola has broad experience of the woody biomass related industries. He has held various executive positions in Europe and in Asia. Hence, he has a profound understanding of the challenges and opportunities of these economies. Jukka is well-known in the bioeconomy sector and passionate to advocate circular bioeconomy.
Jukka established NC Partnering, a novel bio-consulting company focusing on the versatile valorisation of woody biomass for innovative applications. He and his company have played an active role in advocating the bioeconomy in practice. During past years NC Partnering has been involved in facilitating new biorefinery ventures, a relatively new phenomena in the forest industry. He is also a founder and Chairman of World BioEconomy Forum.
Luis Sampaio has spent 20 years of his professional career in the European pulp and paper industry focusing on strategic and consultative sales, growth initiatives, management strategy, production and cost structure, and key account management.
At Fisher International, Luis handles business development and sales for our EMEA client base, which includes the top producers in the region, providing advanced business intelligence resources as well as leveraged consulting services.
Before joining Fisher, Luis held management positions at The Navigator Company, where he was responisble for pulp sales in EMEA. Before that he served as Head of Projects and Engineering. For 12 years, Luis worked at Valmet heading the the their growth and development in Iberia.
Luis earned his Industrial Management Engineering degree from Universidade Nova Lisboa and a master's degree in management from HEC Paris.
Małgorzata Gołębiewska is a team leader for Environmental Footprint and Green Claims in DG Environment (since 2022), responsible for the preparations and negotiations of the Green Claims Directive proposal. She has been working on EU environment and climate policy development and implementation within the European Commission since 2008. Before taking her current position at DG Environment she worked for three years in the Secretariat-General on policy co-ordination of the European Green Deal with a focus on circular economy, waste management and chemicals policy. Prior to that she was a policy officer in DG Environment’s waste management unit, and DG CLIMA’s unit responsible for legislation on CO2 emissions from road transport.
Marco Eikelenboom is Chief Executive Officer at Sappi Europe since April 2021. His professional career started in 1992 with KNP Fine Paper in The Netherlands and after several commercial positions in Maastricht and Paris, he was appointed Manager Corporate Planning when KNP Leykam was acquired by Sappi Ltd. in 1997. Following this corporate strategy position, Marco took on the role as Managing Director of Sappi Benelux and left in 2002 to Sappi’s global Head Office in Johannesburg to become Marketing Director. Marco came back to Brussels as Director Marketing & Sales in 2005 and after the acquisition and integration of M-Real Graphics In 2008, he assumed the global Marketing & Sales responsibilities for the Graphics business of Sappi Europe as Vice-President Marketing & Sales. Marco holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and followed executive management courses at INSEAD, IMD and MIT Sloane School of Management. He lives with his wife Renée and Labrador Dingo in Brussels and has 3 sons working and studying in the Netherlands.
•Career paper industry professional with over 30 years of experience across strategic, tactical, engineering, and sales functions as well as a worldwide scope that includes China, Southeast Asia, the U.S., Canada, and several European countries.
•Held management positions at Valmet, running projects that included starting up 10 new paper machines; as Director of Service, developed a new services business model focused on efficiency improvements and cost savings
•Has championed the transformative power of data-driven management
•Uses his deep solutions-focused understanding of paper making operations to help clients improve performance and address the unique challenges faced by European players
•Strategic planning professional with 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, product development, and operations in the natural resource industries
•Area of expertise is identifying growth potential and achieving performance end-goals through strategic management, pricing and margin optimization, and anticipating marketplace dynamics
•Leads customer-facing team at ResourceWise and its mandate of helping clients utilize our world-class data, business intelligence systems, and expertise to improve their business
Outi Marin, BSc. Forestry, has worked within the full value chain of wood fibre, from sustainable forest management to sustainable paper-based packaging sourcing. She has a wide experience in forest sector from positions in private and public areas.
Outi joined Smurfit Kappa in 2014 and currently leads the Group’s sustainability reporting team. Before joining Smurfit Kappa, Outi has worked for and Metsä Group and supported the UN Economic Forum for Europe and the Ministry of Employment and Economy in Finland.
Outi's work has always included wide collaboration with different stakeholders. In this role, she currently represents Smurfit Kappa in the Cepi Environment and Safety Committee and chairs its Environmental Footprint Issue Group and in FEFCO Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Sean is a Lead Economist on the Industry team at Oxford Economics, where he helps shape the team’s outlook for global industrial activity, forecasts the utilities sector and works on climate and energy-related enhancements to the Global Industry Model. He also regularly presents on the global industrial outlook for clients.
Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Sean spent two years working for RBB Economics as a competition economist. At RBB he was involved in the economic assessment of competition cases across a range of industries, including mergers and acquisitions in the food and beverage sector and antitrust investigations in the telecommunications sector. Sean holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics
Sofia Krigsman, brings experience from politics and communications in highly profiled roles within the Swedish Government, the European Parliament, and now at leading global hygiene and health company Essity. Backed up by qualified university degrees in Political Science and Economics. Heading Essitys Public Affairs activities in Brussels.
Stefan Sundman is Vice President, Public Affairs for UPM Group. In this capacity he promotes UPM´s beyond
fossils agenda and leads UPM’s external outreach in policy and societal questions. He has also been leading
UPM´s media relations and is currently also in charge of UPM Energy´s communications and responsibility
He has been working with the forest-based industry and related EU policies for the last 23 years and gained
deep understanding of the European environmental, energy and climate policies during the years. Stefan has
a master’s degree in wood technology from Helsinki University of Technology. Currently he also has positions
of trust within the Confederation of European Paper Industry Cepi and Finnish Forest Industries Federation,
especially in the field of climate and energy policies.
Thomas Stehli is developing international renewable heat projects with Newheat, French leader in solar thermal technology. As part of Newheat, Thomas’ role is to identify industrial sites with an important heat consumption and high heat expenditures, to analyse and understand their needs, and to assess whether Newheat can bring a solution to supply such needs. If there is a technical and business case, Thomas develops the renewable heat project until it is mature (financing secured / permitting completed / heat purchase agreement signed with the client), before handing over to Newheat’s construction team.
Before joining Newheat, Thomas worked as a project manager for ENGIE Impact in France and Singapore. Engie Impact is technical / strategic consulting arm of the ENGIE Group, focusing on decarbonization. Thomas holds a Master of Science (MSc) from Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France
Ulrich Leberle joined the Confederation of European Paper Industries (Cepi) in November 2005. Having held several positions in the area of raw materials at Cepi, his responsibilities in his current role of Raw Materials Director include the availability of raw material both from forestry and recycling and the policies impacting them.
Prior to Cepi, he worked in the European Commission, the European Parliament and as a consultant in a Brussels based company specialising in EU Public Affairs.
Virginia Puzzolo is the Head of Programme in the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking since 2020.
Before joining CBE JU, Virginia worked for 11 years for the Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European Commission managing the implementation of the Space Research part of FP7 and Horizon2020 framework programmes for research and innovation.
Virginia holds a PhD in ‘Plant Ecology and Biology in Mediterranean environment’. She started her career in the European Commission in 2004 in the Joint Research Center and then she moved to DG Enterprise, where she was actively involved in the development of the European Union's Earth Observation Program: Copernicus.
The upcoming elections to the European Parliament and the change of the political leadership in the European
Commission are an opportunity for policymakers to define and address the gaps in the climate and energy policy
framework. In this inspiring session, we unveil the highly anticipated Energy Efficiency Checklist. This groundbreaking initiative is set to feed into the 2040 climate policy framework to unleash the true potential of
decarbonisation technologies in our sector.
With these awards, we aim to challenge students and young professionals carrying out projects contributing to the resilience of the forest-based sector. The projects may include a wide range of activities relevant to forest-based science, products using forest-based raw materials, pulp and paper production process improvements or other innovations throughout the value chain. The award is not only about research and development; it is about innovation and about being inspirational, and moving our sector towards a sustainable future.
What is good for the environment can, and should, also be good for business. As the political call for ambition has
grown stronger in the last four years on questions of sustainability and climate change, political leaders and
policymakers are expected to adjust their strategic priorities towards achieving a more sustainable EU by 2030.
Additionally, the increasingly complex international environment pushes the EU to rethink its competitiveness
angle, thus placing strategic autonomy at the front of the political agenda. Through this session, policymakers,
industry, and consumers will reflect on the next five years by discussing concrete solutions for a competitive
circular EU bioeconomy.
The ambitious EU Green Deal has confirmed the need for the European pulp and
paper industry to further decarbonise and become even more sustainable. It has also significantly increased
companies’ capital and operating expenditures as well as the regulatory risks and burden, while threatening the
global level playing field. This session will give an opportunity to better understand what European industry’s
main challenges are and what answers EU industrial policy should provide.
The European pulp and paper markets have been hit by several successive crises over the recent past.
Fisher International, a ResourceWise company, which has helped
companies across all aspects of the global pulp and paper industry drive better performance with expert data and
insight, will share its analysis of the recent market developments and some forecasts for the main segments of the
industry as well as fibres and trigger discussions on some topical issues including energy, packaging and China!
The Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) has been said by media to have sparked a “lobbying frenzy” even before the proposal was presented by the European Commission last November. Almost a year and 2741 amendments later, where do the discussions stand between the Parliament, Council and Commission and willthe final text be as disruptive as when it was first published? Will the ambitious targets on reuse and packaging waste reduction remain? Moreover, how will the work on the guidelines to design recyclable packaging actually take place and will industrial expertise be taken into consideration?
Picture this: You are shopping for a new jacket. Model A says that it is made from European, FSC certified woodfibres. Model B claims having a lower environmental impact than cotton and displays ‘produced from recycled PET
bottles’. Which one would you pick? But most importantly, in which case would you be a victim of greenwashing?
We cannot give you fashion advice, but we can guide you through the new EU Commission proposal on Green
Claims with the help of our panel of experts.
This session will give an opportunity to present the pulp and paper industry’s
contribution to the bioeconomy and discuss how progress can be achieved in the coming years. Now, more than
ever, is the time to embed into EU policy the circular bioeconomy as a fully integrated and resilient European
Prepare to be inspired by industry leaders and policy experts as they discuss
how the upcoming legislation can capture the contribution of variety of carbon removal activities – from active
forest management to bioenergy with carbon capture and storage or utilisation to products – to reach the goal
of carbon neutrality by 2050. In this session, we will uncover the possible pathways for ensuring economic
viability, transparency, and credibility in carbon removal initiatives.
With the new European Deforestation
Regulation entering into force, information on the precise origin of several commodities including wood will
have to be tracked through the supply chain. In this session you will learn from experts how the sector is
preparing and adapting to the new geolocation and traceability requirements. In the second part of the session,
we will hear about the European Commission plans on forest monitoring and its proposals to harmonise the
collection and reporting on forest data. Experts from the sector will discuss how remote-sensing technologies
could help improve our knowledge on European forests.
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“The Pulp and Paper sector is in a key position to support
the EU in becoming fit for 2050. Our sector has several
potentials to substantially and sustainably reduce greenhouse
gas emissions. In order to achieve these aspirations,
the availability of political support will be critical.”