All Holmen units hold the permits and certificates required for their operations. In addition to this, there are a large number of certificates for various types of management systems.
The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED)
2013 marked the entry into force of the EU's Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). The new legislation entails more stringent requirements for using the best available technology. Holmen has investigated the extent to which operations at the pulp, paper and paperboard mills need to be adapted in order to meet the tightened emission requirements by October 2018. The environmental status of the mills is good and all the mills except the one in Workington already largely meet the new requirements. The mill in Workington is investigating the process-related measures that in combination with a biological treatment plant will see the process water emissions requirements met. The environmental authorities have granted the mill an exemption whereby the mill is to have invested in measures to ensure that the emission requirements are met by 2021.
Holmen applies certified management systems for the environment, energy, quality and occupational health and safety. Holmen Skog is also environmentally certified, which guarantees that Holmen's forests are managed to approved standards for nature conservation while safeguarding social and cultural assets.
ISO 14001, ISO 9001, ISO 50001 and ISO 18001 are international standards for environmental management, quality management, energy management and health and safety issues.
PEFCTM (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is an international system for environmental certification of forestry.
FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) is an organisation that works to ensure that the world's forests are managed in a way that is acceptable in environmental, social and economic terms. Certification takes place in accordance with criteria issued by FSC® (FSC-ID).
Chain-of-custody certification enables wood used at the certificated units to be traced back to its origin.
Certificates for management systems, PEFCTM, FSC® and chain of custody can be found on in the certificates section.
Environmental permits for the Group’s production facilities
|Iggesund Mill, The Environmental Code1)
|Workington Mill, IPPC2)
|Hallsta Paper Mill, Environmental Protection Act
|Braviken Paper Mill, The Environmental Code
|Iggesund Sawmill, The Environmental Code
|Braviken Sawmill, The Environmental Code
1) In addition, operations subject to notification requirements take place at the production unit in Strömsbruk. Port activity (at Skärnäs Terminal) alongside Iggesund Mill has held an environmental permit under the Environmental Code since 1999. An application for a new environmental permit was submitted for Iggesund Mill in 2016 (production increase). Operations at Skärnäs Terminal are included in this application.
2) IED permit from 2017.
Certifications for management systems
|Quality ISO 9001:2008
||Health and safety
|Hallsta Paper Mill
|Braviken Paper Mill
The years given in the table are the years when the certification was first issued.
The certifications mean that procedures are in place for planning, implementation and follow-up, as well as measures to enable continuous improvement in the work on the various management systems. Certifications can be viewed on the Holmen website – www.holmen.com/certificates
1) Holmen's forest operationsare certified in accordance with environmental management system ISO 14001:2004. Furthermore, forest operations also holds certification in accordance with the criteria issued by PEFC™ and FSC®. Holmen Skog's chain-of-custody certification (FSC® Controlled Wood and PEFCTM Controlled Sources) provides assurance that non-certified wood also comes from verified sources. All the facilities at which wood raw material is used have chain-of-custody certification.
2) The certifications include the production unit in Strömsbruk and operations at Skärnäs Terminal.
3) Joint certification for the two sawmills from 2011.