Nordic Paper strives to produce products with the lowest possible environmental impact. We are convinced that environmental consideration creates sustainability, and therefore work constantly to reduce our emissions to air and water and to reduce our energy consumption.
Products based on a renewable resource
It is important for Nordic Paper that the forests we use have been managed in a sustainable way. Proximity to our raw material allows us to have good control over it and provides us with trace ability. Nordic Paper buys both FSC and PEFC certified wood products.
Recycling and purifying the water used in production
In 2019 we used 21.9 million m3 of water. We recycle virtually all our process water. The used process water is purified before it is returned to the same watercourse from which it came. We measure the quality of this water regularly to ensure that it does not cause harm the environment.
Greaseproof paper without resistant fluoro-chemicals, PFAS
We do not add fluorochemicals, PFAS, which are referred to as being persistent, bio-accumulative and health-hazardous, to our Greaseproof paper. Instead, we process the cellulose fibres vigorously for a long time, which provides a natural barrier of pure cellulose.
Part of a bio-based circular economy
Nordic Paper is part of a bio-based circular economy where we use the added-value of raw materials and products as far as possible: we use most of the residual products that arise from our production ourselves. The production of sulphate pulp generates tall oil and turpentine. We extract the tall oil and sell some to buyers who refine it into new products; the remainder becomes pitch oil, which we then use to produce fossil-free energy. The turpentine is sold to the cosmetics industry. We handle almost all the residual products from our operations and ensure they are put to good use. Our production units recycle both chemicals and energy. Nordic Paper's largest facility, the mill at Bäckhammar in Sweden, is 60 per cent self-sufficient in electricity.
Minimize emissions of carbon dioxide
It is mainly from the use of energy and the re-cycling of chemicals that Nordic Paper generates carbon dioxide emissions; our direct emissions are primarily biogenic. Preliminary in 2019, 5.3 per cent of direct emissions were from fossil fuels. “Carbon Footprint Mapping” of Nordic Paper's carbon footprint was carried out in 2018, providing us with a very good internal overview of the Concern’s emissions of carbon dioxide. Thanks to this overview, we can devise a strategy and long-term goals for reducing our imprints.
Fossil CO2e from production and transport to customer in 2018: 107.3 ktons CO2e
Fossil CO2e Scope 1 and 2 in 2018: 224 kilograms CO2e per ton of product produced
Goal: The goal is to reduce the company's climate footprint, Carbon footprint Scope 1 and 2, from the 2018 level, 224 kg CO2e / tonne product, by 15% by 2030.