Our operations affect the environment, and as a market leader it is our responsibility to remain focused on environmental issues. We strive to minimise environmental impact throughout the product’s entire life cycle – and it all starts with raw material sourcing and production.
Wood fibres, either new fibres or recycled fibres, are the raw material used to produce our products. All new fibres are sourced from pulp mills that are certified in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard, while recycled fibre pulp is made from recycled newspapers, magazines and office paper.
A closed water system has reduced water consumption by 20 percent per tonne of paper produced. Less water used in production means less waste. We have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by almost 30 percent since 2000.
Transport has a considerable impact on the environment, such as in the shape of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to the greenhouse effect. The raw material for our paper products is sourced from as close to the mill as possible to reduce environmental impact from its transport.
Moreover, as far as possible we try to keep production as close to the local market as possible, that is, the products we produce in Sweden are also sold in Sweden – everything to reduce our internal transport needs. In order to reduce external transport needs, we have chosen customers who have effective logistics and who can take delivery of large volumes of our products, such as a fully loaded lorry, to be as environmentally efficient as possible.
We manufacture products with properties that reduce consumption and the amount of waste. When soft paper reaches the end of its life cycle it is returned to nature – and this is best achieved via energy recovery. This has a positive effect on the environment, as used soft paper is a form of bioenergy and often replaces fossil fuels.
According to a test performed at (VTT) Technical Research Centre of Finland, soft paper is good for composting:
- Toilet tissue decomposes naturally in sewage water, and in most cases the paper fibres aid the sewage treatment process.
- Kitchen paper helps reduce odours and moisture in biological waste.
- Paper hand towels can be disposed of together with biological waste and collected with other waste-to-energy products.
- Consumables made of plastic can be recycled together with other plastic waste, or even used in waste-to-energy processes.
Metsä Tissue is an industry leader in reducing climate change effects on the environment. Since 2000, we have reduced our energy consumption by 1-2 percent per year. Our energy efficiency has improved by 8 percent.
More than 80 percent of the fuels Metsä Group uses today are based on biological matter. The Group’s ambition is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels used in production by 30 percent per product tonne by 2020 compared to 2009. In 2013 Metsä Tissue developed methods for improving sustainability in production and reducing direct emissions of greenhouse gases. More information about Metsä Tissue’s sustainability work can be found at www.metsatissue.com
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