Holmen's environmental work focuses on efficient use of raw material and energy, with the forest playing a key role on the climate issue through its absorption of carbon dioxide.
Holmen's environmental responsibility
For Holmen, environmental and energy concerns play a natural role in planning production and investments. Operations are characterized by resource-efficient use of renewable raw material and energy, and by protecting the environment, applying the precautionary principle. Energy, chemicals and fibre are recovered as far as possible, in order to minimise the environmental impact of production. The section on Risk management on page 33 in Holmen's annual report 2017 outlines the preventive work on eco-related risks and how they are managed.
Holmen's environmental work is characterized by constant improvement measures within the framework of certified environmental and energy management systems, which ensure compliance with legislation and requirements set by authorities.
The main environmental impact from the industrial sites takes the form of emissions to air and water. Information on production and priority environmental parameters is presented on pages 76–77.
Environmental targets for sustainable development
For many years, Holmen has been working with Group-wide environmental targets for sustainable development. Increased production and use of products made from renewable forest raw material are important for the climate.
Growth in Holmen's forests is to increase, which will give higher future harvests and bind more carbon dioxide. The volume of standing timber and harvesting will be 50 per cent higher in 2050 than in 2000. The volume of standing timber has grown by 15 per cent to date, with harvesting up 25 per cent.
The Group's target for fossil fuels is to reduce their use at the mills by 90 per cent by 2020 compared with 2005 levels. A reduction of 86 per cent has been achieved by 2017. Extensive investments in bio-based energy production at the paperboard mills, and the adjusted energy strategy at the other mills have resulted in a considerable reduction in fossil fuel use.
The third climate-related sustainability target is to increase company-produced renewable electrical energy as a proportion of total electricity use by Holmen. The target for 2020 is for production to reach 50 per cent, compared with 31 per cent for the base year 2005. In 2017 self-generated renewable electrical energy equated to 45 per cent of Holmen's total electricity consumption.