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Responsible production

Nordic Paper is committed to responsible production. The Company endeavours to ensure that production is operated as responsibly as possible by minimising resource use and emissions to air and water, while maximising value creation for customers, employees and other stakeholders.

Responsible production involves choosing the right raw materials to minimise any indirect, negative impact. In its Supplier Code of Conduct, Nordic Paper requires its suppliers to work on ensuring resource efficiency in the use of raw materials and energy, and to take steps to prevent accidents that could negatively impact the environment.

VALUE-CREATION FROM BY-PRODUCTS OF OTHER ACTORS

Although sawn timber is the most important product for forest owners, pulp is an important by-product, as are wood chips generated by saw mills. Both of these by-products are Nordic Paper’s main raw materials. All of the biomass supplied to Nordic Paper is used in the production processes, either in the form of cellulose to produce paper products or as energy.

Nordic Paper makes use of most of the residual products that arise in production. Sulphate pulp production generates tall oil and turpentine. The tall oil extracted is sold to buyers who turn it into new products and the remainder becomes beck oil which is subsequently reused for fossil-free energy production. Turpentine is, for example, used in cosmetics manufacturing.

LOCAL SOURCING OF WOOD

In terms of volume, the main input goods for Nordic paper are the wood raw materials used at the pulp mill in Bäckhammar, and in Säffle until it was closed down at the end of 2021. Wood raw materials are made of up around 70 percent pulpwood purchased from local actors in the area around the production facilities. Nordic Paper does not own any forests nor does it have any felling contracts with forest owners. Nordic Paper did not import any wood raw material in 2021. The average transport route for pulpwood is only 100 km, which keeps GHG emissions from transport to Nordic Paper at low levels. The remaining 30 percent of wood raw material that is not pulpwood consists of wood chips from sawmills, i.e residuals from sawn wood production.

Nordic Paper can offer both FSC® (FSC-C102767) and PEFC (PEFC/05-33-213) certified paper. All of Nordic Paper’s wood raw material suppliers are FSC and PEFC certified and thus go through external audits to maintain their certification. All sourced fibre that Nordic Paper purchases meet the requirements for FSC Controlled Wood and PEFC Controlled Sources.

EFFORTS TO REDUCE RESOURCE USAGE

One example of efforts to reduce resource use comes from the mill in Åmotfors this year. There, potential reductions were identified in both chemical consumption and water consumption. Through a focused effort involving replacing fresh water flows to the paper machines with recirculated water, a 50 percent reduction in water consumption has been achieved for most products apart from the most demanding electrotechnical products produced by the machines. For the mill as a whole, water consumption was reduced by 35 percent in 2021. One positive effect of the reduced water con- sumption is a rise in the system temperature of the paper machines, mainly during the winter, which has positive consequences from a paper engineering perspective, in the form of improved operability and reduced energy consumption.

EMISSION OF GREENHOUSE GASES

During the year, the emissions of greenhouse gases in scope 1, 2 and 3 amounted to 114,000 tonnes, an increase by 11,000 compared to last year. The emission in scope 1 and 2 increased by 12,000 tonnes. The increase is a result of increased prodution volumes but also a larger requirement for fossile fuels at Säffle and Greåker. The unit in Greåker is equipped with both an electrical boiler as well as with a natural gas boiler. As a result of sharply increaseing electricity prices during the end of 2021, the natural gas boiler was used to a larger extent than prior years leading to higher emissions in scope 1. The emissions in scope 3 decreased by 1,000 tonnes despite increasing volumes.

IMPROVEMENTS THROUGH INVESTMENTS

In addition to efforts to make constant improvements, the Company’s sustainability performance is affected by restructuring or investment in production equipment. One example in 2021 is the restructuring of the production plant in Säffle. In addition to operational economy benefits with fixed costs being reduced, the restructuring has also given rise to several environmental benefits for the Säffle mill in that the need for fossil fuel oil has been cut by more than 50 percent, and emissions to water of, for example, oxygen consuming substances has been reduced. The sulphite process in the pulp production now discontinued depended on a supply of sulphur dioxide, a gas with toxic and corrosive properties. After shutting down this pulp production, the plant no longer needs sulphur dioxide.

Goal 2022: 10% reduction in CO2 emissions from own production and purchased energy.