A summary of Environmental measurements
- Environment ISO 14001
- Quality ISO 9001
- Health and Safety OHSAS 18001
- Energy ELS, ISO 50001
- Chain of Custody FSC® and PEFC
- TCF (Pulp)
- BfR (Containerboard)
- EU Ecolabel (Publication Papers)
- Paper Profile (Publication Papers)
- Carbon footprint (Publication Papers)
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
Systems for certification of sustainable forest management remain a topic of debate in global forest industry. WWF, for example, has recently advised the international financial community to invest in forest products companies which have obtained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certification.
SCA's Swedish forests were certified under the FSC® scheme in January 1999. The Forest Stewardship Council's mission is to achieve environmentally-sound, socially-beneficial and economically-viable forestry world-wide. FSC® provides a credible forest certification system to attain this goal.
SCA is one of the first pulp and publication paper producer to offer large volumes of FSC®-certified products. This confirms that we fulfil the criteria for conducting responsible forest management.
All our products uphold an FSC® Chain of Custody certificate. Being FSC® certified shows that you comply with the highest social and environmental standards on the market.
SCA offer publication paper and pulp certified according to the PEFC standard. By applying both certification systems we make sure to fulfil all customers demand.
The PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999, which promotes sustainable managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.
TCF means Totally Chlorine Free bleaching, meaning that no chlorine at all is used in the bleaching process. This bleaching method does not produce chlorinated substances. The bleaching chemicals hydrogen peroxide and ozone have only water and oxygen as rest products.
TCF also give opportunity to low water usage and totally closed processes which increases energy efficiency and results in lower emissions to water.
BfR is a product declaration issued per product and entails that we comply with German food requirements for product safety. We test our pulp regularly for content of heavy metals, dioxins etc.
EU Eco label
The EU Eco label logo is a guarantee to consumers that the product they are considering for purchase has a lower environmental impact in comparison to similar products on the market. The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme, which means that producers, importers and retailers can choose to apply for the label for their products.
By buying EU Eco label, consumers are making a commitment to the future of the environment. This is because products have to follow tough criteria before they receive the EU Eco label.
Launched in 1992, the EU Eco label scheme promotes the production and consumption of products that have a reduced environmental impact in comparison to existing products on the market. Because the scheme works on a European level, it goes beyond the pre-existing national eco labels that are often only known within national borders.
EU Eco label guarantees a high level of transparency, reliability and scientific credibility, which meets customers' green demands. And, unlike other environmental information or labelling, no technical understanding is required to read and understand the label. By choosing Eco labelled products, it is easy for consumers to make an environmentally friendly choice. The criteria are developed by key experts, in consultation with main stakeholders, for each product group in order to decrease the main environmental impacts over the entire life cycle of the product. Because the life cycle of every product and service is different, the criteria are tailored to address the unique characteristics of each product type. Every four years on average, the criteria are revised to reflect technical innovation such as evolution of materials or production processes, as well as factors like emission reduction and changes in the market.
You can search the products and services available in your country on the net: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/index_en.htm
The label for graphic paper guarantees:
- Low air and water pollution during production
- Hazardous substances restricted
- Use of certified fibres from sustainably managed forest
Smart solutions to global challenges
Paper Profile is a voluntary environmental product declaration scheme for paper products. The scheme is developed and provided by leading paper producers. It covers relevant environmental aspects related to paper production including product composition and emissions, wood procurement and environmental management.
The paper industry has a long tradition of open environmental reporting to national authorities and other stakeholders. In today's increasingly internationalised paper market, this requires a uniform approach to reporting variables and measuring principles. To a large extent, these are also strictly regulated by national and international environmental bodies. Today the big environmental questions are global and deal with usage of resources and climate. They are significantly more difficult to handle compared to finding techniques for minimizing emissions from mills to air and water.
Paper Profile embraces the whole chain
Issued for individual products, the single-page declaration gives essential information regarding the composition of the product, key environmental parameters, environmental management and wood procurement. The certified environmental management systems used by participants in the Paper Profile programme are the ISO 14001 standard and/or the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), which is regulated by the European Union. Both systems cover organisational procedures, procurement, product development, production and distribution. They include both the current status and methods for continual improvement.
The key parameters that are declared in the Paper Profile primarily relate to the production of paper: Emissions to air and water, solid waste to landfill and the consumption of purchased electricity. The information provided in the single Paper Profile sheet is based on figures reported to authorities and on the participating companies' continuous dialogue with customers, authorities and non-governmental organisations.
Facts about Paper Profile
- Participating companies are SCA, Burgo Group, Arctic Paper, Clairefontaine, Grycksbo Paper, Holmen Paper, International Paper, LECTA, Lenzing Papier, Mondi AG, M-real, Myllykoski Corp., Norske Skog, Papierfabrik Scheufelen, Portucel Soporcel, Sappi, Stora Enso, UPM und VIDA Paper.
- Paper Profile is not suitable for comparing or ranking products directly. Different products have different environmental characteristics, depending on the production processes applied. Local environmental conditions of the production site are another important aspect to take into account.
SCA and Paper Profile
The figures presented in the Paper Profile originates from our Resource Management System (RMS), which monitors the way SCA uses energy, water, transport and raw materials. It also describes the level of waste and emissions. The data is verified by an external auditor.