On November 29, the Pulp & Paper International Awards is held in Brussels. Hallsta paper mill is one of the finalists in the category “Environmental Leadership Award”, a prize awarded to a mill which has full focus on the environmental work and has shown ground-breaking sustainability efforts. We work hard with sustainability issues and we are today one of the most resource-efficient mills in our segment in Europe. Over the last three years we have invested over 20 MEUR in energy saving activities and projects. One hundred percent of the wood raw material is utilized, ninety-five percent of the fibres are used in the end product, the bark previously used as fuel at the mill is now sold for fossil-free energy production and the sludge from the effluent treatment plant is composted and sold as soil. Nothing is wasted, says mill manager Johan Abrahamsson. The investments have made it possible to run the mill without any CO2 emissions from the production process. The energy used is partly recovered as heat in the drying process. Another big advantage is the fact that all of the wood used in the process comes from sustainably managed forests and all the products are certified with the EU Ecolabel. Click Read More below for additional detail.
UPM has today been ranked on the 23rd place in the list of 100 most sustainable corporations by the Corporate Knights, the Canadian-based media and research company. UPM is the only company listed in the Paper and Forest Products category. On the same date the company is also highlighted as a global leader on the CDP Forest A List.
Corporate Knights analysed some 7,500 companies with revenues more than USD 1 billion. The Global 100 Index use determined quantitative sustainability indicators, including carbon productivity (revenue-to-tonne-CO2 ratio), the percentage of taxes paid and board gender diversity, for example. 50 per cent of each company’s score measures the percentage of revenues earned from products and services that have environmental or well-defined social benefits.
CDP recognises UPM for its actions to tackle deforestation in its supply chain with global and sustainable sourcing of key commodities linked to deforestation. As an international non-profit organisation CDP drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. In 2018 over 7,000 companies with over 50 per cent of global market capitalisation disclosed environmental data through CDP.
“For UPM, driving top performance is clearly linked to responsible business conduct and innovating sustainable and safe products and solutions for growing global consumer demand. Thanks to our strong position in forest biomass value chain, we see the limitless potential of bioeconomy in replacing fossil-based materials in various applications and industries. To summarise, it is in the core of our Biofore strategy to innovate for a future beyond fossils,” Sami Lundgren, Vice President, Responsibility, UPM says.
“The Global 100 companies show that doing what is good for the world can also be good for financial performance,” Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights says.
“As the severity of environmental risks to business becomes ever more apparent, the companies receiving CDP Forest A List are the ones, who are positioning themselves to provide solutions, seize new market opportunities and thrive in the transition to a sustainable economy,” Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP highlights.