Paper industry, as part of a highly regulated sector, displays better general sustainability performance than many other, less regulated industry sectors, according to the Ecovadis sustainability assessment index. For a relevant reporting on carbon/GHG emissions, it is key to look not only at one's own emissions, but also at emissions generated by the supply base, says Ecovadis. When looking at carbon emissions from all levels across the value chain, companies can make decisions that create effective GHG reduction actions and improve their own sustainability performance.
We are all looking for ways to reduce carbon footprint, and when it comes to paper, a key is the circular approach and the responsible use of resources. At Holmen, no trees are cut down for the purpose of making paper. Paper is actually a by-product of sustainably managed forests.
There are many reasons for why the long-term management of the forest matters so much. Here are three things we believe deserve to be extra highlighted:
1. Forests reduce climate impact by their carbon dioxide uptake.
2. Biodiversity must be taken as seriously as the climate crisis.
3. Managed forests are better for the climate than unmanaged forests. Looked after properly, the forest can be a superb circular resource which brings benefits to the whole society.
Read more about how we work with this in Holmen's book Future-smart forests – our contribution to sustainable development. Get your own copy for free.