Holmen's industrial activities require a permit from the environmental authorities in the country concerned. Operations are subject to supervision by the environmental authorities. The certified management systems are regularly checked by external, certified auditors.

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 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®) (FSC-ID) 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®

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) 2013
Workington Mill, IED 2017
Hallsta Paper Mill, Environmental Protection Act 2000
Braviken Paper Mill, The Environmental Code 2002
Iggesund Sawmill, The Environmental Code 2014
Braviken Sawmill, The Environmental Code 2010
Linghem Sawmill, The Environmental Code 2003


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 process was in in progress 2017 for a new environmental permit for the Iggesund Mill.(production increase). Operations at Skärnäs Terminal are included in this application.

Certifications for management systems

Production facilities1) Environment
ISO 14001
ISO 50001
Quality ISO 9001 Health and safety
OHSAS 18001
Iggesund Mill2) 2001 2005 1990 2016
Workington Mill 2003 2015 1990 2005
Hallsta Paper Mill 2001 2005 1993 2012
Braviken Paper Mill 1999 2006 1996 2015
Iggesund Sawmill3) 1999 2006 1997 2017
Braviken Sawmill3) 2011 2011 2011 2017


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) Operations at Holmen Skog are certified in accordance with environmental management system ISO 14001 Holmen Skog also holds certification in accordance with the criteria issued by PEFC and FSC.. Furthermore Holmen Skog also have chain-of-custody certification, which means an assurance that non-certified wood also comes from controlled 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. Linghem Sawmill was acquired in 2017. These management systems will be introduced at the sawmill, and will then be included in Holmen Timber's certificates.

Holmen's certifications

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