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Ligning - the gamechanger for biorefineries?

Lignin has been a good source for renewable bioenergy, but it is currently an underutilized source for biobased products and has the potential to replace many of the oil-based products. While lignosulfonates have found their use cases, there is a huge untapped potential for kraft-lignin and lignin originating from second generation (2G) biorefineries.

The development of a recycling infrastructure for packaging waste is a longer-term goal, which will be needed in order to more efficiently utilize raw materials and support circularity and by that a more sustainable future for our globe. What is surprising, is the currently lacking sorting of used food packaging in fast food restaurants, as typically all trash is placed into the same bin.

Digitalization is used to create revenue, improve business, and to replace and transform business processes. Digital solutions offer tools for more competitive ways to run business. Digitalization is increasingly utilized to reach a higher sustainability performance and to meet the requirements of increased visibility and transparency in the end-to-end supply chain. A digitalization strategy is needed to deploy the full potential of digitalization, also in terms of sustainability.

What is happening in the Global Pulp and Paper Industry going into 2021? How has the Russian P&P sector been affected by the pandemic turmoil?  This article by Vision Hunters titled “PULP & PAPER INDUSTRY IN THE MASK. IS IT EVEN BREATHING?” in English and in Russian was published in the Russian edition of Pulp and Paper, issued in November 2020.

The forest industry plays an active role in the sustainable future of fibers. Many new innovations are surging, being currently in early commercialisation phase. Cellulose-based fibers can bring new high-value added production to the pulp industry and materials such as lyocell will drive the conversion of paper pulp to dissolving pulp.

Investing with consideration to issues beyond financial returns, or active ownership, has become widespread during the past decade. ESG investing implies investments that simultaneously seek both positive returns and positive impact on society and the environment considering ethical, governance and sustainability issues. Change has been driven simultaneously by regulators, clients, companies as well as asset managers.

China’s strive for sustainability has recently caused major turbulence in the pulp and paper industry. The waste paper import ban has shifted global trade flows while a potential complete ban in 2020 would further impact fibre availability and prices.

Continuous improvement and operational excellence are often marketed as solutions to cope with tightened profitability, but identification and prioritization of actions is the key for efficient improvement.

Russia is having one of the world’s most important untapped wide boreal forest resources and we can see a change in their investment environment. How will the resources be utilized?

The growing e-commerce will not only increase the demand for packaging, but it is changing the packaging solutions for good. What will be the most important characteristics of packaging when the competition is not on the shelf in a retail store?

Vision Hunters celebrates its 10th anniversary. Read our reflections on our first decade as well as our thoughts on what lies ahead in the future.

This presentation was prepared for the CPICC 2018 by Mr. Rainer Häggblom.

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