Stora Enso is constantly working to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions along the company’s value chain. This involves promoting sustainable forestry, creating innovative products based on renewable raw materials, and developing cleaner and more efficient processes and operations.
In 2011 we updated our previous target for reducing our fossil CO2 emissions, and we now aim to reduce emissions per saleable tonne of pulp, paper, and board by 35% from 2006 levels by the end of 2025.
Most of the greenhouse gas emissions generated by our operations come from the energy we purchase and produce at our mills. The most effective way for us to reduce our fossil CO2 emissions is to further improve our energy efficiency and to increase the share of bioenergy in our total energy use.
Products with a low carbon footprint
Stora Enso’s products are based on renewable materials with a comparatively low carbon footprint. Examples include our renewable packaging and wood-based construction solutions. In many cases these products can be used as substitutes for fossil fuel based materials.
All of Stora Enso’s divisions have calculated greenhouse gas emissions for their main products.
Forests and the climate
Wood is our most important raw material, and the benefits of using forest biomass are manifold. Sustainable forest and plantation management
plays a vital role in mitigating global warming. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store the carbon it contains. Carbon is also stored in harvested wood products. As long as forests and plantations are managed sustainably, new generations of trees will grow back after mature trees are logged, absorbing more CO2
from the atmosphere.
Sustainable forest management also helps to maintain other valuable features of forests, such as
biodiversity. We promote forest certification
and chain-of-custody certification schemes to guarantee that all our wood originates from sustainably managed forests and tree plantations. We also actively combat illegal logging, which is one of the causes of forest loss and degradation, threats to biodiversity and distorted markets for wood.
Our tree plantations
sequester more carbon than the previous land uses, especially in Latin America, where our plantations have almost entirely been planted on modified grasslands and degraded pasturelands. We actively restore and conserve areas of Atlantic rainforest in and around tree plantations we own through our joint venture Veracel