Correctly utilized forest raw materials are converted into products. The entire tree is utilized and the raw material yield is high. More than 70% of fresh fiber is used for wood products, paper and pulp. The remaining raw material is used for energy and products such as pellets and tall oil. Work is continuously ongoing to further increase the yield and add value.

Good examples

SCA Logistics, SCA Forest Products.

Optimized transportation
In life cycle assessments for SCA's products, transportation is responsible for a large share of CO2 emissions from fossil sources. These emissions can be reduced by transferring transportation from road to sea and rail, and by optimizing logistics.

Optimized transportation
Vindkraft. Windmill. Förnybar energi.

Windpower for sustainability
SCA offers partners an opportunity to build wind power on the Group’s forest land. At the end of 2017, SCA had 301 wind turbines on its forest land with an annual capacity to produce 2.3 TWh. The target of 5 TWh by 2020 will be reached when the ongoing projects are completed.

Windpower for sustainability
Återvinning Ortvikens pappersbruk

Ortviken Paper Mill's investment in recycling was a success
In autumn 2016, Ortviken Paper Mill started a large investment in recycling of its residual waste. Three years later, they can conclude that the profits, both economically and environmentally, were above expectations.

Ortviken's investment in recycling was a success
Efficient use of resources
Efficient use of resources

Resource-efficient operations

Today, SCA uses 9.6 million m3 of forest raw materials that are converted into products. The value added, expressed as sales per used unit of wood volume, is approximately SEK 2,000/m3 or about five times the average price of wood. Work is continuously ongoing to further increase the yield and added value in the various segments.

The Group is working continuously to improve operations. One example is work to steadily improve energy efficiency. Efforts are pursued and followed up within the Group’s energy-savingprogram ESAVE. The current period will run from 2010 up to and including 2020. The projects completed by the end of 2018 within the program have resulted in energy savings totaling approximately 150 GWh of electricity and 420 GWh of heating on an annual basis.

SCA is working to reduce its emissions to water and air through investments and continuous improvements. Additional measures are required to reduce emissions as a result of rebuilding work on water treatment plants.

Activities

Resource consumption
Resource efficiency is a key aspect of our sustainability work, both in terms of economizing on the use of the Earth’s resources and also for our cost-efficiency.

Resource consumption
Östrands massafabrik

Green electricity supply doubles
Multi-million investment in SCA's pulp mill in Östrand makes it the world's largest producer of bleached barley sulphate pulp and more than doubles production capacity, from 430,000 tonnes to 900,000 tonnes.

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SCA Cirrus natur

Green, refined products
SCA Cirrus is our series of superior degree green products, responsibly refined from our pulp production, including tall oil, turpentine, district heating and green electricity

SCA Cirrus
Anders Granström.

Sustainable energy consumption
The projects completed by the end of 2018 within the program have resulted in energy savings totaling approximately 150 GWh of electricity and 420 GWh of heating on an annual basis.

Sustainable energy consumption
Resource-efficient operations
Resource-efficient operations

Efficient use of resources

Spån från Tunadals sågverk.

2019

  • Maximize the utilization of raw materials and value creation from the raw materials
  • The specific energy consumption is to decrease by 20% between 2010 and 2020
  • The specific emissions of suspended solids and phosphorus to water is to decrease by 10% between 2014 and 2020

Outcome 2018

  • Added value (sales relative to utilized volume of raw material): SEK 2,000/m3 wood raw material
  • Energy saving: 10% lower specific energy consumption compared with 2010. Changes to product portfolio and investment projects impact the outcome
  • Emissions to water of suspended solids and phosphorous: Emissions of suspended solids have fallen 12% while phosphorous has declined by 21% compared with the base year
Sustainability target 2019