SCA works in many ways to minimize negative impacts on the environment, people and society.
SCA is convinced that in the future demand will only exist for products that are produced using sustainable methods. This is why the company is working on many fronts to minimize negative impacts on the environment, people and society. One way to achieve this is to measure the product's carbon footprint, meaning the amount of greenhouse gases generated during its entire lifecycle. In SCA's case, this means from the tree to the final product and its recycling, degradation or incineration. The carbon footprint can be reduced through efficiency enhancements and innovations.
The Ortviken paper mill and Östrand pulp mill probably have the world's lowest carbon footprint for plants of their kind due to the use of biofuel instead of fossil fuel. Transportation is another area where SCA has reduced its carbon footprint through loading and route optimization for shipping and other transportation. Moreover, SCA's sustainable products, which contain the forest as the main raw material, replace products that have a greater carbon footprint. Biofuels replace fossil fuels, wood products replace concrete, and paper replaces plastic.