Ahlstrom-Munksjö has received the 2021 Supplier Distinction Award for Sustainability by Avery Dennison during an online ceremony. Avery Dennison is a world leader in pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) materials for labels and graphic applications and a global customer for Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s specialty papers. Avery Dennison’s Vice President, Global R&D LGM, Dr. Pascale Wautelet, commented that the decision was taken considering Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s efforts in areas such as weight reduction, recycling of waste and CO2 from transportation, and also acknowledging the supplier’s strong level of partnership and engagement on a number of Avery Dennison driven initiatives in the area of sustainability, such as the global consortium CELAB (Circularity for Labels) for recycling of PSA liner and matrix. “They continue to demonstrate an exceptional track record of excellent service and quality, which is complemented as well by the gold rating in sustainability performance from EcoVadis.” “We see Avery Dennison as a frontrunner driving sustainability in the value chain; a benchmark and a source of inspiration for us and the whole industry. Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s mission is to provide sustainable and innovative fiber-based solutions for a better everyday life. We consider this award as a strong evidence of our common desire to continue our journey together for the years to come,“ said Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s President and CEO Hans Sohlström.
You’ve seen them in popular periodicals, industry newsletters and in your email: some self-interested group announces the completion of a “scientific comparison” that “proves” the superiority of an alternative material or “environmentally friendly” substitute for paper or paper-based packaging. The study appears to have all the trappings and buzz words of legitimate research, but is it? To give you an idea of how Two Sides approaches this challenge, what follows are five signs that make us suspicious of half-baked or bogus comparisons to paper. You too can look for these signs whenever these studies cross your desk. To begin with, anyone setting out to prove there’s a better alternative to paper products has a very high hurdle to clear: proving that theirs is more sustainable than paper or paper-based packaging. It can take a lot of data stretching and twisting to yield a conclusion often at odds with the facts, and that kind of manipulation leaves telltale signs.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at our Kénogami (Quebec) paper mill are set to decrease by approximately 10,000 tons of CO2 equivalent each year, thanks to a $5.5 million investment announced in March 2021. The Quebec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources’s ÉcoPerformance program contributed nearly $4.1 million in financial support toward the project. Resolute will move quickly to launch some components, namely: optimizing the pulp-refining process with pressurized refiners and generating energy from the recovered steam. Steam recovery will allow the mill to cut down on the use of its natural gas boiler, decreasing GHG emissions. “This project is aligned with Resolute's commitment to responsibly manage our environmental footprint, as well as the Government of Quebec’s support for climate initiatives. Our company, like the forest products industry as a whole, understands the collective role we play in reducing GHG emissions,” said Remi G. Lalonde, president and chief executive officer.
The Environmental Paper Assessment Tool (www.epat.org) is a web-based platform that allows suppliers and buyers of paper and paper-based packaging to share key sustainability metrics. EPAT has been in use for the past 15 years by several North American companies and is now in its third improved version. The tool is based on measured data from supplying pulp and paper mills for over 25 performance indicators in the life cycle of paper-based products, including greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint data. Buyers of print, paper and paper-based packaging can benefit from EPAT by accessing all key supplier data in one location for viewing and benchmarking. For suppliers, EPAT demonstrates transparency and a commitment to sustainability while helping engage customers on the many environmental aspects of paper and paper-based packaging manufacturing. The app also shows historical improvements and can help suppliers benefit from their sustainability efforts.
Amidst growing concerns and conversations around the environmental issues facing our society, businesses need innovative sustainability solutions that go beyond traditional efforts. But how do we get there? And what do businesses need to keep in mind when aiming to shift their supply chain from linear to circular? Designed as an informative webinar, this 1-hour event on Wednesday, May 12 at 11 am EST will largely focus on how to move toward a circular economy, offering actionable steps on building a sustainable supply chain through collaboration alongside like-minded partners, transparent measurement, and continuous innovation in paper and packaging. register at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6986152161248865804?utm_medium=email&utm_source=sharpspring&sslid=MzQwNbO0NDGxsDA2BQA&sseid=MzIytDC3MLMwtAQA&jobid=15bb98e6-6d10-4f06-8f66-b5ad1f9759c1
2020 saw our world change. Covid-19 changed the way we work, interact and meet – in short, our very lives. While in-person meetings, audits and trainings had been key to our work before, 2020 challenged us to adapt and change the way we work. But with new challenges come new opportunities. The “new normal” brought new and innovative ways of working together and moving forward through a range of novel technological approaches. Despite the challenges the past year brought, we remained committed to unlocking and building on the full contribution of forests for a sustainable world.
Smurfit Kappa continues to make significant and tangible progress on achieving its sustainability targets according to its 14th Sustainable Development Report ("SDR"). It highlights the company’s long-standing objective to be an impactful business that drives change and nurtures a greener planet through the three key pillars of Planet, People, and Impactful Business. Furthermore, Smurfit Kappa’s end-to-end approach to sustainability is evident in its innovative products and processes that support customers and positively impact the entire value chain. Compared with 2019, Smurfit Kappa made significant progress in reducing its fossil CO2 emission intensity. Compared with 2019, the Group also made continued progress during 2020 on a number of its other key sustainability targets: *Water discharge quality improved by 5% *Waste to landfill intensity decreased by 18% *Chain of Custody certified packaging deliveries to customers increased by 2% *Safety performance improved by 29% *Social projects received €7.7 million in donations, including €3 million in various COVID-related projects during the financial year.
Metsä Group and forest owners planted 270 million seedlings in Finnish forests between 2010 and 2020. This summer, the figure will increase by more than 35 million seedlings. Metsä Group supplies forest owners with native tree species that occur naturally in Finland. Under the Finnish Forest Act, a new forest must always be established after felling. This can be done through natural regeneration, or by sowing seeds or planting seedlings. Planting is the fastest and surest way to create a new forest. To secure biodiversity, individual trees from the previous generation are always left in the forest. “We supply forest owners with species that occur naturally in Finland – pine, spruce and silver birch – for use in forest regeneration. This helps preserve forest nature in the state to which our native species have adapted,” says Teppo Oijala, Metsä Group’s Forest Manager. In the decade between 2010 and 2020, Metsä Group supplied forest owners with a total of 270 million seedlings and 9,000 kilograms of pine seeds.
Skookumchuck Pulp has recently received three different administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) from the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy for non-compliance events that occurred between 2017 and 2020. Skookumchuck Pulp’s performance has not changed significantly over the last two years; however, all the AMPs the mill has received in its 53-year history have occurred in the last two years. The BC Ministry of Environment has begun using this tool more frequently with all industrial operators in the province. Click read more below for details of the issues and responses.
Sappi North America, Inc. released its 2020 Sustainability Report, illustrating Sappi's continued commitment to sustainable development. The report highlights the ways that Sappi remained innovative and prosperous during the COVID-19 pandemic; its commitment to employee safety and third-party collaborations for sustainability initiatives; and ambitious plans to meet its strategic business goals for 2025. "In 2020, we continued to build on our sustainability commitments and created a foundation of new strategies to tackle our global business goals which will guide us into 2025," said Mike Haws, President and CEO, Sappi North America. "We are confident in our capacity to grow as a business while contributing toward building a circular, sustainable economy." Sappi North America's 2020 results exhibit its commitment to innovation, sustainability and business growth throughout its communities.