Holmen's forests, production processes and products contribute to the development of a bio-based economy. The focus of the environmental work is on continuously reducing the Group's impact on the environment and the climate, and on ensuring that the Group complies with environmental rules and regulations.
Holmen's environmental responsibility
Environmental and energy concerns play a natural role in Holmen's planning of its production and investments. The Group's operations are characterised by resource-efficient use of renewable raw materials and energy. Energy, chemicals and fibre are recovered as far as possible, in order to minimise the environmental impact of production.
Holmen follows the requirements laid down by environmental legislation and the environmental authorities. Compliance is ensured via statutory official inspections and through the improvement work that is being implemented at the production facilities within the framework of the environmental and energy management systems.
Environmental targets for sustainable development
Holmen has been working on Group-wide environmental targets for sustainable development for several years. Increased production and use of products made from renewable forest raw material is important for the production itself and for the climate. Holmen therefore has a target of increasing growth in Holmen's forests by 25 per cent by 2050 compared with 2007.
The Group's target for fossil fuels is to reduce their use by 75 per cent by 2020 compared with 2005 levels. The investments in bio-based energy production in Iggesund Paperboard and the adjusted energy strategy within Holmen Paper have had a huge impact on fossil fuel use in recent years. The reduction up until 2014 thus already stands at 74 per cent. In 2015 there was a high pressure leak in the steam turbine at the mill in Workington. As a result the mill was forced to use natural gas as fuel for steam and heat production. The downward trend in the Group's use of fossil fuels was thus interrupted. Action has been taken and in 2016 the Group's use of fossil fuels is expected to be down by around 70 per cent compared with 2005.
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 2015, company-produced renewable electrical energy accounted for 52 per cent of Holmen's total electricity use.
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