Metsä Group’s pulp production achieves excellent results for its environmental footprint

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has achieved excellent results in terms of sustainability and environmental efficiency in a study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) in Halle, Germany. The study comprehensively examined the environmental footprint of Äänekoski bioproduct mill pulp production.  The Äänekoski bioproduct mill was compared with average values of pulp mills in Europe and Latin America.

Äänekoski bioproduct mill, which produces pulp e.g., for printing and writing papers, speciality papers, tissue papers and paperboards, achieves top results in the study. To sum up, pulp from Äänekoski bioproduct mill has significantly lower emissions and the lowest environmental footprint compared to the pulp produced in average level pulp mills in Europe and Latin America. The complete set of environmental impact categories can be found at the following link: Spotlight report – Life Cycle Assessment of fibres from bioproduct mill compared to fibres from average European and Latin American pulp mills

The environmental footprint of Äänekoski bioproduct mill’s pulp production was comprehensively investigated by experts from IMWS based on DIN EN ISO 14044. External independent scientists have confirmed the conformity to the norm for the conduction of the Fraunhofer study. The study involved comparing Äänekoski bioproduct mill (Finland) with the average ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) and TCF (Totally Chlorine Free) pulp mills in Europe and ECF mills in Latin America. ECF and TCF are alternative technologies of pulp, and the Äänekoski bioproduct mill uses the advanced ECF technology.  

“We have set ourselves the goal of producing our fresh fibre pulp in a particularly sustainable way. This study verifies that we are on the right path. The environmental footprint of pulp as a first-class sustainable raw material is of utmost importance for us, our customers and the communities we belong to. We continue to invest in modern technologies to produce pulp even more sustainably in the future”, says Metsä Fibre’s CEO Ismo Nousiainen.
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