Paper industry is facing challenges of green change and rising costs.
Large parts of the German paper industry are not on secure ground in terms of energy procurement. Companies have been coping with cost increases in the course of the past few months the extent of which has threatened their very existence. At present, paper mills report that the prices of CO2 certificates, natural gas and electricity have multiplied. In emissions trading, the cost per certificate is approaching the €100 mark. For months now natural gas and electricity price quotations have been at all-time highs. The unprecedented price shock has already had serious consequences for Germany’s paper industry. What is more, the outlook for the future gives reason to be alarmed as even higher prices and increasing uncertainty throughout the supply chain are more likely than not. Industry experts therefore expect that the market will continue to be characterised by the current maximum price level for quite some time.
This is an excerpt from our latest article on energy issues in the European pulp and paper industry. The full article will be published in this week's edition of EUWID Pulp and Paper and will be available to our print and online subcribers from Wednesday this week.
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