Lecta has published its new Responsible Purchasing of Wood and Forest-Based Products Policy, in keeping with the principles and criteria of its Integrated Management System that guides the company’s activity. With this document, Lecta strengthens its commitment and responsibility to communities and habitats where the company operates. Lecta is keenly aware of the critical role forests play for the planet and its inhabitants. Lecta also acknowledges that the wood used to manufacture all its products is a natural raw material that is both a great ally in preserving the environment as well as a source of income for many families and local communities. Wood is a renewable resource obtained from forests and forest plantations, and protecting these areas is vital for the carbon cycle. With this new policy, along with the PEFC™ and FSC® C011032 Chain of Custody forest certification systems that Lecta promotes and strictly adheres to, the company reaffirms its commitment to the purchase of responsibly managed wood and wood-based products. Lecta thereby contributes to better management of wooded areas used for forestry, environmental protection and the betterment of local communities.
Global packaging leader Smurfit Kappa is investing in a series of upgrades to its flagship kraftliner mill in Piteå, Sweden.
The project will focus on increasing the sustainability and efficiency of both its cooking plant and recovery boiler. Other developments planned for the mill include the installation of high-spec purification filters and an advanced combustion system. The work will be carried out during a planned 15-day closure of the mill next month.
Speaking about the ambitious new project, Per Sward, CEO of the Piteå Paper Mill, said: “This latest investment is a very positive step for the mill. The upgraded cooking plant and recovery boiler will unlock pulp production and pulp quality and help us to become even more efficient, which will benefit both our people and the wider community.”
Laurent Sellier, COO of Smurfit Kappa Paper Europe, added: “This investment builds on our commitment to help create a sustainable future by building a profitable business based on responsible principles.
“Sustainable innovation plays a vital role in ensuring that the communities surrounding our sites are part of our long-term vision.”
The Piteå Paper Mill produces 700,000 tonnes of kraftliner annually which is the packaging material of choice for a growing number of brands seeking a sustainable alternative to plastic.
Smurfit Kappa occupies the No. 1 position for kraftliner production in Europe.