Hachette Book Group increased its use of paper from certified sources, and upped its use of recycled fiber in 2015 over 2014, according to a progress report released by the publisher. HBG’s carbon footprint rose by 9% in 2014 (the last year for which results are available), but HBG still hit its long-term goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 50%. It was able to hit that target thanks to substantial gains made in previous years. The company's increased use of carbon in 2014 was due to a 20% increase in ground product transportation, which HBG attributed to an increase in the sale of print books. Though shipping more books increased the amount of carbon HBG emitted in 2014, the company said it had declines in other areas that contribute to carbon footprint, including copy paper (20% reduction), mail transport (-19%), business travel (-12%), and employee commuting (-6%).
European institutions have agreed on the Renewable Energy Directive REDII for the 2020s after the European Council adopted the agreement made earlier this summer. UPM welcomes the agreement that will increase the use of renewable energy to 32% in 2030 and requires 14% bioenergy to be used in transport.
All the EU member states are obliged to implement a binding advanced biofuel blending mandate starting 2022.
UPM Biofuels is one of the front-runners in the advanced biofuels industry. The UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery, the world’s first to produce wood-based renewable diesel and naphtha on a commercial scale, has proven the potential as a significant producer of truly sustainable advanced biofuels. UPM BioVerno, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by over 80% compared with fossil fuels, has found a solid marketplace.
“UPM welcomes this agreement as it will further boost interest in the most sustainable biofuels and strengthens the position of advanced low-ILUC fuels. UPM BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha are not competing with the food chain – and they are uniquely certified as having minimal risk of causing indirect emissions or land use change. Thus they are perfect for replacing fossil materials,” says Sari Mannonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels.
“Advanced biofuels are now definitely recognized as a fast-track route to decarbonisation of transport across the EU. Furthermore, the recently published IPCC report highlighted the urgency of decarbonisation actions. We are pleased with the fact that an increasing number of countries are identifying ways to reduce transport emissions and looking at boosting the uptake of advanced biofuels. Sustainable biofuels play an important role in achieving the Paris Agreement targets,” says Marko Janhunen, Director, Public Affairs, UPM.