Certification is a valuable tool for sustainability work. Certification is a measure of how we fulfill demands, and is reviewed by an independent party. We also establish our own targets, which are monitored.

What is SCA’s view of certification schemes, such as FSC or PEFC? In what way are these good definitions of sustainable forestry?

Certification is a valuable tool for sustainability work and confidence in several ways. The actual certification process is inclusive and provides a platform for dialogue between various stakeholders on what constitutes responsible and sustainable forestry. The standard developed through this dialogue then provides a reference and measurable criteria by which forestry meets these requirements through independent and transparent certification. 

How is it ensured that we live up to the requirements imposed on FSC-certified forest?

SCA has the ambition of conducting sustainable and responsible forestry. Certification is a measure of our fulfillment of this ambition, but we also set our own targets and monitor these. Examples of areas in which we set targets and monitor them are consideration for water and avoidance of ground damage, respect for archaeological sites, regeneration quality and remuneration of forest management personnel.

We offer private forest owners certification under SCA’s initiative and for those forest owners who do not want to be certified for various reasons, we offer nature conservation in line with SCA’s standards and pay a premium to the forest owner for this.

EU regulation

EU regulation

On March 10, 2021, the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) came into force. This regulates how finance market players must inform and communicate regarding sustainability.

Comments on indicators in the Disclosure Regulation that affect SCA’s business

Measured values Impact 2020 Impact 2019
Scope 1 GHG emissions 0,25 million tonnes CO2ekv 0,28 million tonnes CO2ekv
Scope 2 GHG emissions 0,05 million tonnes CO2ekv 0,06 million tonnes CO2ekv
From January 1 2023, Scope 3 GHG emissions 0,56 million tonnes CO2ekv 0,57 million tonnes CO2ekv
Total GHG emissions 0,86 million tonnes CO2ekv 0,91 million tonnes CO2ekv

SCA’s objective is to make the entire value chain fossil-free. One interim target is to reduce fossil emissions in the value chain by 50% between 2019 and 2030, which is in line with the Paris agreement’s 1.5°C target. Through systematic work with efficiency enhancements and a transition to biofuels, emissions from SCA’s industries have halved since 2010 and industrial processes are currently 95% fossil-free. Emissions of greenhouse gases across the value chain fell during the year by 5% and amounted to 0.86 (0.91) million tonnes of CO2 equivalents.

Carbon footprint and GHG intensity

SCA wishes to contribute to limit global warming and works proactively to reduce climate impact. This takes various forms: through reducing fossil-fuel emissions in the value chain, increasing forest uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere, and through the company’s products, which are renewable and replace fossil alternatives. SCA also supports the transition of others to freedom from fossil fuels by providing access to renewable energy in various forms.

SCA’s target is to “Increase climate benefit from 10 to 15 million tonnes of CO2” between 2019 and 2030. This will be achieved by net growth in SCA’s own forests that sequester CO2, by reducing fossil-fuel emissions in the value chain by 50% by 2030, by increasing the volume of renewable products and by using innovation to develop products that offer greater climate benefits.

The company’s total climate benefit is calculated using the model published by SCA in 2019 and comprises three components:

Uptake in SCA’s own forest, where 1 m3fo in net growth corresponds to an uptake of 1,375 tonnes/m3fo CO2 from the atmosphere and is the same factor as used in Sweden’s national reports.

Fossil-fuel emissions in the value chain, meaning from the forest operations to the customers’ gate. Emissions are calculated using the GHG protocol and encompass Scope 1, 2 and 3.

The climate benefit that arises when SCA’s products replace fossil materials and the equivalent amount of fossil carbon remains in the ground, is referred to as the substitution effect.

SCA’s climate benefit

This climate model has been audited and also used by other Swedish forest companies, and applied throughout the industry in Sweden and Europe.