SCA’s operations are a cause of carbon emissions. For many years, we have worked to decrease our use of oil and carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Since 2010, we have decreased these emissions by around 50%.

We reduce our emissions in many ways. By making our operations more energy-efficient, planning transportation better or by enhancing the efficiency of our industrial processes, through investments and continuous improvements. Better planning of transport and by replacing fossil fuels, we reduce carbon dioxide emissions per tonne produced.

If we look at SCA's aggregate carbon emissions from fossil fuels in 2017, the total is 500,000 tonnes. This figure encompasses all emissions from forestry machinery and timber transportation, through the processes at the mills, and up to the transportation of the finished products to customers. One can compare our carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels with the four million tons that our own forests make online net bins, that is, eight times as much.

Climate-smart investment

This great leap concerning decreased emissions has been taken in connection with our investments. When in 2011 we replaced the old oil-fired lime kiln at the Östrand pulp mill with one that uses biofuels — pellets we produce — oil use at the mill decreased by 17,000 cubic meters and the mill's carbon footprint decreased 80%.

The major expansion of the Östrand pulp mill 2018 makes it more than self-sufficient with green energy. In addition to managing the mill's own need for heating and electricity, Östrand will deliver 0.5 TWh of green electricity to other users and to district heating in Sundsvall and Timrå municipalities.

Without exception, SCA's mills are among those with the smallest carbon footprint in the world.

Fossil free transportations

The larger part, approximately 75% of the emissions, come from the transportation of raw materials and finished products, despite our very efficient transportation system. 

The marine transport accounts for more than 80% of SCA's total transport. Optimization work means that we ship larger freight volumes per journey, hich reduces fuel consumption per ton of transported goods.

Timber transportation from the forest must always begin on trucks. By using 74 tonnes of timber trucks, we significantly reduce the carbon dioxide emissions per cubic meter of timber transport. For long-distance transportation, the timber is transferred to rail.

Biofuels

SCA has deliberately worked to replace fossil fuels with biofuels and today is 95% fossil free. When we switch from using fossil fuels to using biofuels, this will naturally also result in carbon emissions. But this is carbon dioxide from trees that took carbon out of the atmosphere while they were growing, and when they are harvested there are already new trees growing and binding even more carbon dioxide. This is why biofuels are not considered to contribute to climate-impacting gases.