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ESG - European Paper Sack Research Group

A European trade and industry group aiming to improve the competitiveness of paper sacks

ESG's objectives

  • To establish a scientific knowledge base and to present facts in support of lobbying activities at Eurosac and CEPI Eurokraft
  • To supply models and tools that support individual member companies in the development of paper sack systems
  • To aid and support individual members of Eurosac and CEPI Eurokraft in ensuring compliance with new directives and legislation within the kraft paper and paper sack field

Ongoing projects 2012

ESG LCI and Carbon Footprint studies
In 2011, an update on the Carbon Footprint of kraft paper and paper sacks was produced, using data collected during 2009. The update encompassed all 10 'toes' or key elements contained in CEPI's guidelines, including, among other factors, CO2 uptake by forests. This data will be used during the year for an external industry launch.

ESG guidelines on legislation concerning paper sacks that come into contact with food
The ESG Food Contact Guidelines were first published in 2007. The objective was to provide member companies of Eurosac and CEPI Eurokraft with practical guidance on demonstrating compliance with legislation for paper sacks that come into contact with food, be it directly or indirectly. A new directive, the Plastics Implementation Measure, came into force in 2011, and changes have also been introduced into national legislation. The ESG Guidelines will therefore be updated during 2012. Coordination with CEPI/CITPA Industrial Guidelines will also be necessary.

Resource efficiency
In 2011, CEPI produced a document entitled Roadmap 2050, with the objective of reducing CO2 emissions from the forestry industry by 80 % by 2050. Towards the end of 2011, the EU published its own Roadmap for Resource Efficiency 2050. These two documents will be studied by ESG in order to draw conclusions on the consequences for the kraft paper and paper sack industry, and to assess their value for future projects.



Kennert Johansson
 +46 (0)8 676 7061

Cathrine Löfgren
 +46 (0)8 676 7068


Phone +33-1-47 23 75 58

Cepi Eurokraft
Phone +46-8-665 07 25


As of January 1, 2013 you find the ESG Toolbox on Cepi Eurokraft's and Eurosac's websites. See contact information above.