Sustainability is taking responsibility for people and the environmental impact of our business, constantly finding new solutions and spurring our papers on to the next level. Frankly, there is no other choice.
As part of the Holmen Group, we have managed and taken care of our forests for over 400 years. And we have every intention of continuing to do so. It is important today, and it may be even more vital in the future. But not only is the forest a fantastic source of raw material, it’s home to many different plants and animals, not to mention its importance for us humans.
This is why long-term planning and sustainability of utmost importance. Like the 17 percent of Holmen’s total forest land we set aside for nature conservation purposes.
Our paper mills in Hallsta and Braviken have a constant focus on improving energy efficiency and environmental performance. And we have come a long way. Hallsta paper mill, for example, recovers surplus steam from the paper machines and heat from the wastewater. This means that exhaust gases and carbon dioxide are no longer released from the chimneys.
Braviken also recovers a great deal of heat, with around 60 per cent of its thermal energy needs met using recovered steam. This energy recovery also reduces the need to burn oil, which has cut oil consumption at the mill by 80 per cent since 2005.