Environmental activities in 2015
All limits for emissions to water and air as set out in Braviken's environmental permit were complied with in 2015. No complaints about the site were made by the public and no disruptions to operations or similar incidents occurred on the site that could lead to adverse effects on people and the environment.
No non-conformities were found at Braviken in the annual external audits for the environmental and energy management systems, nor for the PEFCTM and FSC® (FSC-ID) and certifications.
Work on keeping the use of oil to a minimum in meeting the mill's steam and heat needs continued. Emissions of fossil carbon dioxide fell by around 60 per cent between the years 2013 and 2015. The mill's steam and heat needs can now usually be covered by steam recovery from the production of thermo-mechanical pulp and from the combustion of biofuel. Braviken's oil-fired boiler is only used for short periods, primarily during shutdowns of the solid fuel boiler for maintenance.
Braviken has spent many years minimising its combustion of oil, and has brought its oil consumption down from around 25 500 m3 in 2005 to around 3 000 m3 in 2015, representing a cut of approximately 90 per cent. The fall in oil consumption is largely attributable to improvements in the operational strategy for Braviken's steam system, greater efficiency in the solid fuel boiler and increased steam recovery from the production of thermo-mechanical pulp.
Trials in optimising steam production during periods of low steam demand were successfully conducted over the year, which led to reduced consumption of the fuels recovered wood and bark.
Energy integration between the mill and nearby Braviken Sawmill was implemented in 2010, making it possible to meet the sawmill's heat energy needs. The sawmill supplies chips to the mill that are used in the production of paper, which cuts down on the need for transport, among other benefits. The sawmill also supplies the mill with biofuels.
Permits for operation
Braviken Paper Mill holds a permit for its operations granted under the Environmental Code in 2002. The mill is covered by the rules on fossil carbon dioxide emissions trading, under which it holds a permit for carbon dioxide emissions and has been allocated emission allowances for the period 2013–2020.
The environmental management system has been certified to ISO 14001 since 1999.
The energy management system has been certified to ISO 50001 since 2012. Before that, the energy management system had been certified to SS 62 77 50 since 2006.
Braviken Paper Mill has held FSC® and PEFCTM certification for the traceability (chain of custody) of wood raw material since 2008 and 2009 respectively.
In 2013, Holmen Paper had its graphic paper approved to carry the EU Ecolabel. Products awarded the EU Ecolabel meet the ecolabel's criteria concerning the manufacturing process in terms of certified wood raw material, chemical consumption, energy consumption and emissions to air and water.
Braviken's products fulfil the requirements for Nordic Ecolabelling of paper products.
At the end of the year, all paper produced on PM 53 at Braviken was approved for use in contact with food.
Disruptions to production and complaints
No disruptions to operations or similar incidents occurred on the site that could lead to adverse effects on people and the environment. No complaints concerning the mill's operations were received from the public during the year.
Investments/environmental and energy measures
Braviken has spent many years minimising its combustion of oil, and has brought its oil consumption down from around 25 500 m3 in 2005 to around 3 000 m3 in 2015, representing a cut of approximately 90 per cent.
Follow-up of environmental and energy targets in 2015
Braviken is to help reduce the impact that fossil carbon dioxide has on the environment. Braviken had a target for 2015 of limiting oil consumption to a maximum of 4 000 m3, which represents a reduction of around 30 per cent compared with consumption in 2014.
This target was achieved. Oil consumption for 2015 was around 3 000 m3.
Braviken also had a target for 2015 of reducing specific electricity consumption (measured per tonne of paper) for the mill's production by 1 per cent (to 2 280 kWh per tonne of pulp) compared with the budgeted electricity consumption.
The target was not achieved. The cause was a change to the product mix and lower than expected efficiency on the paper machines.
Planned environmental and energy measures in 2016
Work on minimising the use of oil to meet the mill's steam and heat needs will continue into 2016. A considerable portion of the mill's steam and heat needs will be covered by steam recovery from the production of thermo-mechanical pulp and from the combustion of biofuel.
There are plans to optimise steam production during periods of low steam demand (summer months).
Environmental and energy targets in 2016
Braviken has targets relating to energy efficiency and oil consumption. Braviken has managed to reduce its oil consumption and the mill continues to focus on keeping its oil consumption low. The energy targets are intended to reduce the use of electricity and heating and to increase heat recovery.
Braviken is to help reduce the impact that fossil carbon dioxide has on the environment. Braviken has a target for 2016 of limiting oil consumption to a maximum of 3 000 m3.
Braviken has a target for 2016 of reducing specific electricity consumption for the manufacture of thermo-mechanical pulp to less than 2 250 kWh per tonne of pulp. The target for 2015 was less than 2 280 kWh per tonne of pulp.