The Confederation of European Paper Industries is giving innovation and low carbon production a head start by launching the Two Team Project. It consists of two competing teams that include experts, scientists, manufacturers, suppliers and representatives of the pulp and paper industry and other sectors. Applying a unique method of open innovation, both teams are set to identify breakthrough concepts of technologies and processes that make the current pulp and paper manufacturing process more CO2 efficient and create more value by 2050.
The main challenge of the Two Team Project is to identify concepts for breakthrough technologies. Breakthrough technologies are at the heart of CEPI’s ‘2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bio-economy’ report. A successful delivery on the two objectives of the roadmap – namely 80% decarbonisation of the industry and 50% value creation in 2050 – is in the pulp and paper industry only possible when breakthrough technologies are available by 2030.
Today’s innovation model is fragmented. Innovative research takes place at companies and universities on a daily basis. However, only a small percentage is used in products or deployed in industrial processes. The Two Team Project uses open innovation - sharing ideas across companies, research institutes, academic institutions and public authorities - to generate new concepts and solutions efficiently. A carbon reduction idea that was not pursued in one industry might very well work in another. Many good ideas are developed within a single company or sector, but not all ideas should necessarily be further developed within the company’s or sector’s boundaries. If we make the best use of internal and external ideas, we will be able to come up with workable solutions to lower emissions. In November this year, at least four breakthrough technology concepts will be delivered. The jury – composed of CEOs and high-level European officials – will select the winning concept. CEPI’s Annual Meeting at European Paper Week 2013 will unveil the winner.
As the ambition of the CEPI 2050 Roadmap is to decarbonise the industry by 80%, while creating an additional 50% value by 2050, the potential for CO2 reduction and added value generation will be the contribution to fighting climate change by the Two Team Project. This project is the next step of the European paper industry to meet the goals of the CEPI 2050 Roadmap and also of the ”Roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050” published by the European Commission in March 2011.
The development of breakthrough technologies is relevant for all regions of the European paper and pulp industry, for all sizes of companies and activities. By preparing the European paper and pulp industry for the challenges of the future the Two Team Project will help to reach the goals in CO2 reduction announced by the European Commission for 2050.
Today’s innovation model is fragmented. Innovative research takes places at companies and universities on a daily basis. However, only a small percentage is used in products or deployed in industrial processes. The rest is often lost. We believe that breakthrough technologies can only be developed in a joint European sector approach. The first achievement of the Two Team Project is to built up teams which are geographical spread amongst companies, institutes and outsiders to secure a wide “European approach” of the whole pulp and paper sector and value chain. Several meetings have taken place and are scheduled in various European countries. The results of the team work in the project will be presented in November at CEPI’s Annual Meeting at European Paper Week 2013. The remaining time for this project is on constant countdown on our website at http://www.unfoldthefuture.eu/.
To meet the two objectives of the CEPI 2050 Roadmap new ideas and concepts for breakthrough technologies are needed. To give innovation a push we created two competing teams to identify these new concepts: Red and Blue. The teams are urged to think out of the box, outside their comfort zone. The final concepts will need to be creative, innovative and imaginative. Breakthrough technologies are new concepts; new ways of thinking that go beyond current borders. The Two Team Project ambition is to move our European sector forward. Both our teams are looking for maximum support from passionate stakeholders within the pulp and paper industry, but also from beyond the sector to identify fresh, new ideas and concepts. Everyone with a creative thought and an enthusiastic mind set is welcome to submit ideas. We believe that open innovation, sharing research across companies, research institutes, academic institutions and public authorities is a great way to generate ideas and solutions efficiently.
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