Smurfit Kappa has achieved a 26% reduction in CO2 emissions three years ahead of time, according to its annual Sustainable Development Report, which was published today. The packaging leader had set an ambitious target to reduce the relative total fossil CO2 emissions in its mill system by 25%. In today’s report, the packaging leader confirmed that it had surpassed the target, which had a 2020 deadline, at the end of 2017. While Smurfit Kappa’s paper-based packaging is renewable and recyclable, the paper production process itself is energy intensive. Reaching the climate change goal further reinforces the company’s ongoing commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by focusing on energy efficiency and the use of renewable sources of fuel such as biomass, where feasible. Click Read More below for additional information.
“We are delighted to welcome ARAUCO, European Panel Federation (EPF) and European Pulp Industry Sector Association AISBL (EPIS) as International Stakeholder members,” said Ben Gunneberg, following the acceptance of the three new members during the PEFC General Assembly in Helsinki, Finland, 15 November 2017.
EPIS membership 2017“As sustainable forestry is a lifeline for our members, we are very much looking forward to our membership with PEFC,” said Anna Maija Wessman, European Pulp Industry Sector Association, AISBL (EPIS), speaking at the General Assembly.
“We hope to engage in an active dialogue between EPIS and PEFC, and to have a good interaction in the coming years,” Ms. Wessman continued.
Clive Pinnington from the European Panel Federation also attended the General Assembly.
EPF membership 2017“As downstream users of certified forests, certification is extremely important to us. We have nominated it as one of our top ten priority areas,” Mr. Pinnington commented.
“We hope to support PEFC and are thoroughly delighted to be a new member.”
The new members
Celulosa Arauco Y Constitucion S.A. is a group of forestry and industrial companies located in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, the US, Canada and Europe. Arauco is one of the largest forestry companies in Latin America, both in terms of the surface area and the output of its plantations. Its industrial activities include cellulose plants, sawmills and woodworking plants.
The European Panel Federation (EPF) represents the manufacturers of particleboard, MDF, OSB, hardboard, softboard and plywood, with members in 25 countries. The EU wood panel industry has an annual turnover of around 22 billion Euros, creates over 100,000 jobs directly and counts more than 5,000 enterprises in Europe.
The European Pulp Industry Sector Association AISBL (EPIS) is an international non-profit organization consisting of companies producing chemical or mechanical market pulps. Its purpose is to collect, process and distribute statistics regarding chemical market pulps in compliance with applicable antitrust laws for the benefit of its members and third parties.
With these three new members, we now count 28 International Stakeholder members, as well as 49 National members.