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.
UPM’s Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative received the Gold Award in the Midwest Region Sustainability competition challenged by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Chicago. According to the panel of judges, UPM’s initiative stands out as an excellent example highlighting Supply Managers’ responsibility to lead, drive and influence sustainability initiatives within an organization.
UPM’s Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative, launched in 2016, is one of the ways in which UPM contributes to the United Nations sustainable development goals for the year 2030. The initiative focuses on five of the most challenging production side streams to recycle, starting in UPM’s home country, Finland. The waste fractions are ash, sludge, sandy bark, dregs and mixed waste. The project’s main goal is creating a permanent and scalable operational model around the existing forms of recycling and reuse of these challenging side streams, but it also looks into finding completely new, innovative ways to recycle and reuse the solid waste that has previously ended up in landfills. At UPM approximately 90 per cent of production waste is already today recycled or reused. Before initiating this project, UPM already had zero solid waste to landfill operations at its mills in Austria and Germany.
“UPM achieved both waste and cost savings from their Zero Solid Waste to Landfill efforts, showing how significant progress can be made to simultaneously reduce cost and support sustainable initiatives,” says Scott Daniels, ISM Chicago Sustainability Chair.
“We are very impressed that our initiative was so highly recognized,” says Jennifer Wilkerson, Director, Business Development and Marketing, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America). “The excellent results so far in the Zero Solid Waste to Landfill Initiative is, of course, a result of active networking both internally and with external partners,” Jennifer tells.
UPM’s comprehensive side stream based product portfolio includes already, for example
– Renewable diesel and naphtha from tall oil, a residue from company’s pulp production
– Biocomposites from recycled paper and plastic which is manufacturing surplus from company’s self-adhesive label materials production
– Recycled nutrients from side stream ash and sludge
– Soil stabilisation products out of dregs and ash
– Geopolymers and concrete binders from dregs and ash
– Forest fertilisers and alkaline replacements out of ash from biomass incineration
– Biogas out of primary and bio sludge
– Wood waste side streams to composting and substrates