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Sylvain Lhôte


Director General


Sylvain Lhôte is Director General of CEPI – the Confederation of European Paper Industries. 

Appointed by CEPI’s Board in June 2016, Sylvain brings 25 years of government and public affairs expertise working with leading material technology and manufacturing industries on climate and energy policies, sustainability and industrial affairs, as well as competition and international trade issues.

Prior to joining CEPI, Sylvain was Vice-president Governmental Affairs and Business Development in the EMEA Region for Alcoa, the aluminium and metals engineering group. He previously directed EU and sustainability affairs for the Borealis Group, in the base chemicals and plastics industry. He also chaired FleishmanHillard’s Public Affairs practice in Europe and headed its environment department advising major trade associations and industries in the field of sustainability policies and PA strategies.  Sylvain started his career in parliamentary cabinets at the European Parliament and at the French National Assembly.

A French national, Sylvain studied political sciences, international law and business administration at Strasbourg and Paris-Sorbonne Universities and post-graduated cum laude in European Administration at the College of Europe in Bruges.  


2050 Roadmap Review

Day Two

Wednesday, 8 March, 2017

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) new Director General will give an update on the latest progress being made on the 2050 Roadmap, first released around five years ago. The Roadmap review will cover what extra investments need to be made to keep the Roadmap on track and align the conditions needed to decarbonise industry while growing its added-value.  The Brexit and how it might affect CEPI members and the European pulp and paper industry will also be covered. 

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