Leading manufacturers of paper and fibre-based food and foodservice packaging met recently in Munich to launch the European Paper Packaging Alliance (EPPA).

The Alliance, which will be headquartered in the Hague, has outlined its initial aims, which are environmental in nature. Members aim to increase recycling levels and to reduce carbon emissions of food and foodservice packaging without compromising food safety and human health protection. The EPPA says it intended to work with European policymakers to support these common priorities.

Antonio D’Amato, the Alliance’s first President, called on European policymakers to commit to evidence-based solutions to achieve shared objectives:  ‘Europe and the wider world face many challenges ranging from climate change and resource scarcity to countering bacterial and viral infections. Already in the early 20th century for example the paper cup was especially developed to avoid in public transport and in hospitals the hazards and health concerns of shared and re-used glasses and dippers.

‘Sustainably sourced and manufactured paper and fibre-based foodservice packaging can deliver solutions that protect the health and safety of consumers, the vitality of our environment and the viability of a circular economy. We look forward to working with policymakers to deliver solutions to these common objectives and call upon them to recommit to evidence-based policy making and working in partnership with business.’

Deputy president, Eric Le Lay then emphasised the importance of partnership and collaboration, ‘EPPA represents both suppliers of renewable and sustainably produced raw materials and manufacturers of foodservice packaging. Our objective is to build partnerships with organisations who share our focus on developing and delivering practical solutions. EPPA members are committed to helping foodservice operators deliver the best consumer experience in the spirit of food safety, low carbon, and a circular economy. We look forward to welcoming new members who share our vision.’

The founding members of the European Paper Packaging Alliance are: Seda International Packaging Group, Huhtamaki; AR Packaging, Smith Anderson, Schisler Packaging Solutions, Stora Enso, Metsä Board, Mayr-Melnhof Karton, WestRock, Iggesund/Holmen and Paper Machinery Corporation.