SCA has met its previous water targets and has therefore introduced new targets that are adapted to local conditions, as water is a local issue. The new targets apply to all mills and focus on treating water as effectively as possible, as well as reducing water usage.
- Our plants will reduce suspended solids by 10%.
- Our tissue operations will reduce the water usage by 10% and organic content (BOD) by 10%.
- Our forest products operations will reduce phosphorous emissions by 10%. All targets will be achieved by 2020 (reference year 2014).
Water is our most important nutrient
Water is a critical resource and, along with climate change, is one of the most critical sustainability issues facing the world today. We have every reason to treat, reduce and rationalize water usage at every SCA plant..
SCA mainly uses water to transport fibers, and for cooling in the production process. Most of our plants, which account for 97% of our water usage, are located in areas with a plentiful supply of water.
2016 is the first year we are reporting in accordance with our new water targets. The targets have been established based on what is most relevant. Water usage is not as big an issue in Sweden as it is in water-stressed regions, such as Colombia or Spain. However, it is important in Sweden to reduce phosphorous emissions as they can have a negative impact on the Baltic Sea. The increase in phosphorous emissions during the year resulted from disruptions and problems with measurement equipment at the Obbola facility in Sweden