Climate and energy

SCA takes a 360-degree approach to managing its climate change impacts and is setting targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, triple the use of forest-based biofuels and increase investments in wind power.

SCA has three sustainability targets related to climate and energy:

  • We will reduce CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and from purchased electricity and heating by 20% by 2020, with 2005 as reference year.
  • We will triple our production of biofuels from our forests by 2020, with 2010 as reference year.
  • The production of wind power on SCA forest land will increase to 5 TWh by 2020.

Outcome 2013

  • At year-end 2013, CO2 emissions in relation to the production level had declined by 11.8%, compared with the reference year of 2005.
  • In 2013, energy production from SCA’s forest-based biofuels was 909 GWh (870 GWh in 2010).
  • Wind energy from SCA forest land totaled 0.75 TWh (0.4).

The Sustainability effect

Östrands mill - SCA

One example of our efforts to reduce carbon emissions is the investment we made at the Östrand pulp mill in a new lime kiln, which was inaugurated in November 2011. The lime kiln is the first in the world to substitute fuel oil for wood powder and the fuel pellets that Östrand uses to grind to wood powder are made from sawdust from SCA’s sawmills. By switching to the new lime kiln, Östrand will reduce its carbon footprint by 80% and its costs by SEK 50m annually. Read more about the investment in the new lime kiln.

Locally produced geothermal steam in Kawerau - SCA

The Kawerau initiative is another example. By replacing natural gas with sustainable and locally produced geothermal steam, SCA reduces carbon emissions by 37 percent in New Zealand. By using a reliable and renewable energy source for production at the Kawerau tissue paper plant, Tork and other SCA tissue products reduce their environmental impact. Read more about the Kawerau initiative.