Our commitment to conserving natural resources is backed by action

Climate Neutrality

Waste paper



Waste paper stays here

Today’s newspaper provides the basis for tomorrow’s

Waste paper is not only a recyclable material, but also the most important raw material in the paper and cardboard industry. Swiss waste paper is primarily sourced from private households, printing works and trade and industry. The Swiss are amongst the most avid collectors in the world, with an impressive recycling rate of 82%.


1.3 million tonnes of waste paper are collected every year. Around 100,000 tonnes of this recyclable waste paper are exported.

Recycling waste paper in Switzerland is important because:

  • It helps us to reduce transportation and thus our ecological footprint
  • It increases our ability to compete on the global market and secures jobs in Switzerland

If you would like to know what happens to your waste paper, contact us.

Being a responsible paper manufacturer means being a dedicated partner and expert adviser to municipalities and waste disposal companies. We’d be happy to assist you further.

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We are a member of

Verband Stahl-, Metall und Papier-Recycling Schweiz


Recycling Papier + Karton (rpk)

Verband der Schweizerischen Zellstoff-, Papier- und Kartonindustrie (ZPK)


A natural, renewable resource

Being a Swiss company, we make every effort to source natural, renewable materials such as wood locally. We also take a natural and sustainable approach to Swiss forest management.

Our annual wood consumption:

Logs 61’230 steres
TMP wood chips 685’000 Sm³ (loose cubic metres)

Types of wood: only spruces and firs

Did you know?

30.4% of Switzerland is made up of forest and woodland, covering a surface area of 12,551 km³.
Swiss forestry stocks increase by approx. 9.7 million m³ per year. This is equivalent to one 67 cm-edged wooden cube per second.


We are a member of

Holzindustrie Schweiz (Holz-Bois)

PROHOLZ Lignum Luzern

Luzerner Waldeigentümer

Task Force Wald + Holz + Energie

Fachgruppe Industrieholz

Renergia – waste to energy

Connective energy

Since being commissioned in 2015, our waste incineration plant Renergia has disposed of the entire waste of all six cantons in Central Switzerland – an impressive feat. Renergia is also a power plant with an incredible energy efficiency ratio of 70%, putting all of today’s waste recycling plants in the shade.

Being a manufacturer, we believe it is our duty to safeguard the environment. Thanks to the steam generated by Renergia, we are able to reduce our consumption of natural gas by 30 million cubic metres per year. Rather than using gas boilers to produce steam, we now use Renergia.

Did you know?
Renergia produces enough electricity to supply 38,000 households.

Water is fed into the waste incineration plant, where it vaporises in the boiler and drives a turbine. The generator produces around 155 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year.

The steam and district heating supply is used to dry the paper on our two paper machines. The water then flows back to Renergia and is re-vaporised – completing the cycle.

The CPH paper business rates highly in life cycle assessment

Setting standards in power and heating efficiency

Over the past five years, CPH has almost halved greenhouse gas emissions per paper tonne at its location in Perlen and is the European leader in power and heating efficiency – as evidenced by the life cycle assessment first carried out in 2015.

Sustainability - with every tonne

Reducing emissions - climate-neutral business

On the path to CO2 neutrality

With approximately 360 employees, we produce nearly 560,000 tonnes of new paper annually from 500,000 tonnes of recycled paper and additional raw materials such as wood. As one of the leading and most efficient paper manufacturers for newspapers and magazines in Europe, we employ sustainable practices and strive to continuously improve.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is our daily mission.

Since 2013, we have reduced our fossil CO2 emissions by 84%, stopped using heavy oil and far exceeded the agreed upon targets set forth by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment. We take our responsibility seriously and attach great importance to continuously improving our CO2 balance.

Fossil fuels reduced by more than 88%

We have reduced the use of natural gas by 88%. The use of fuel oil has been dramatically lowered by optimising steam production.

Since 2014, we have completely stopped using heavy oil.

The agreed upon CO2 targets were exceeded by a factor of 16

The considerably lower CO2 level achieved in 2018 (-94%) can be mainly attributed to the consistent implementation of ecological and economic energy efficiency measures in production facilities in addition to the substitution of natural gas.

Reduce your CO2 footprint by 76% using paper from Perlen Papier.

By comparing our fossil CO2 footprint at Perlen Papier to that of our competitors using the ‘Ten Toes’ method from CEPI ( Perlen Papier’s footprint is 76% smaller than the industry average.

Sustainable supplier since 1873

With headquarters in Perlen, a sales network in Germany and subsidiaries in the major European markets, you can find us everywhere. We are your trusted partner. As the only independent Swiss paper manufacturer for newspaper and magazine printing, we can respond quickly, flexibly and according to customer needs at all times. That means you can place your complete confidence in us. The future success of Perlen Papier AG is based on strong customer orientation and consistent ecological practices paired with high-quality products. Since customer satisfaction is the yardstick of our success, we continuously invest in the newest technologies to sustainably improve our products and processes.

Climate neutral with Perlen Papier

By consistently implementing our climate strategy, we have been able to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by an impressive 84% since 2013. Thanks to these efforts, Perlen Papier now has a carbon footprint 76% lower than the European average.

But simply avoiding and reducing emissions doesn’t go far enough for us. Our vision: climate neutrality.

That’s why, from January 2021, we’re offering clients the opportunity to offset the remaining amount of CO2 via a certified climate protection project. This means that Perlen Papier products can be used with zero impact on the environment from 2021. We’d be happy to tell you more.
Contact us today or your personal Perlen contact.