Environmental activities in 2015
Braviken Sawmill's internal control procedures are part of an integrated business system. The system is built on environmental management system ISO 14001, quality management system ISO 9001 and energy management system ISO 50001. Procedures and processes described in the business system underpin the company's constant drive to improve.
Braviken Sawmill is part of a bio co-location with Braviken Paper Mill. The bio co-location brings synergies that reduce environmental impact. By-products (bark, dry chip) from the sawmill are used in the mill's solid-fuel boilers, and fossil-free energy in the form of heat and steam is generated. The sawmill purchases heat from the mill for its drying process, while surplus heat is used to heat production premises.
Spaces on the factory site to hold stocks of finished sawn timber were completed in 2015. In addition, investments were made in hardstanding in log processing. All in all, the investments create a basis for reduced diesel consumption and consequently for lower CO2 emissions.
Efficient energy use and sound waste management ensure a low environmental impact. Increased production with high utilisation of raw materials has resulted in more deliveries of renewable biofuel.
Permits for operation
The sawmill has operated with permits under the Environmental Code since 2011.
Holmen Timber's environmental management system has been certified to ISO 14001 since 1999.
Holmen Timber's energy management system has been certified to ISO 50001 since 2011.
Braviken Sawmill has been included in the certification for environmental and energy management systems since May 2011.
Holmen Timber holds chain-of-custody certification under PEFCTM (2004) and FSC® (FSC-ID) (2005).
Braviken Sawmill has been included in the chain-of-custody certification for PEFCTM and FSC® since December 2010.
Braviken Sawmill is designed such that, when fully operational, it will achieve high productivity in terms of raw material use and energy consumption. Efficient handling of by-products results in low environmental impact and an increased contribution of biofuels in the local area.
In 2015 investments were made in hardstanding in timber processing. Spaces to hold stocks of finished sawn timber on the factory site were completed. All in all, the investments create a basis for reduced diesel consumption and consequently for lower CO2 emissions.
Disruptions to production and complaints
No disruptions to production with an environmental impact occurred during the year. A complaint was received form the Municipality of Norrköping concerning dark foul-smelling water at a pumping station for surface water. The case has been investigated, and action to prevent the incident recurring has been taken and verified. The case has been reported to the Municipality.
Follow-up of environmental targets in 2015
Using the outcome figures for 2014 as a basis.
- A 2 per cent reduction in electricity consumption, measured as kWh per m3 sawn timber.
The target was not met, because production of sawn timber was lower than budgeted, partly due to market-led restrictions on production.
- A 2.5 per cent reduction in thermal energy consumption, measured as kWh per m3 sawn timber.
The target was not met, because production of sawn timber was lower than budgeted.
- A 1.5 per cent reduction in diesel consumption, measured as litres/m3 sawn timber.
The 2015 outcome was the same as for 2014. A project to turn spaces on the factory site into hardstanding was in progress in 2015. A reduction in diesel consumption is anticipated in 2016.
Environmental targets in 2016
Using the outcome figures for 2015 as a basis.
- A 3 per cent reduction in electricity consumption, measured as kWh per m3 sawn timber.
- Stabilisation of thermal energy consumption at 225–230 kWh per m3 sawn timber
- A 3 per cent reduction in diesel consumption, measured as litres/m3 sawn timber.