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Crowdsourcing for a low carbon paper industry.

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In March 2011 the European Commission set a challenging target of -80% CO2 reductions by 2050. In 2012, the paper industry launched the year-long Two Team Project, a crowdsourcing initiative, to develop breakthrough technologies to help the paper industry decrease its production of CO2. The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) will present the winning concept, “deep eutectic solvents” (DES), at the Innovation Convention.

Produced by plants, DES promises energy savings of up to 40% and CO2 savings of 20% and opens the way to the production of pulp at low temperatures and at atmospheric pressure. If utilised at scale this technology could radically change pulp and paper production around the world and replace some of the most energy intensive parts of the current process.

The Technical University of Eindhoven will demonstrate how natural liquid DES is created by mixing two types of solids and how that liquid can dissolve wood and selectively extract lignin, hemicellulose and cellulose.

CEPI and its members have been involved in several EU-funded research projects under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development and are co-founder of the Public-Private Partnership on Bio-based Industries.

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