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We are committed to UN Global Compact Ten Principles, including the environmental principles #7-9 to support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges, to undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility and to encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies. In order to fulfil the expectations, we are targeting on continuous improvement for following material topics: Energy & Carbon Dioxide and Water and Sustainable Procurement. Our stewardship of the natural world, biodiversity, fighting for deforestation and our resources is not only part of company success, but our legacy for future generations.

Energy and Carbon Emissions

Ahlstrom-Munksjö is dedicated to designing products and manufacturing processes that use energy, water and raw materials more efficiently while using cleaner energy and reducing the emissions intensity in our energy systems. To meet our Energy & Carbon Emissions goals, we will work to reduce our CO2 emissions by 15% by 2025 with a high focus on reducing the intensity of energy production emissions.

Energy and Carbon Emissions Target 2021-2025

 

CO2 emissions reduction -15% by 2025

 

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Lower Carbon Footprint at Stenay

The Ahlstrom-Munksjö paper mill in Stenay, France replaced its coal fired boilers in 2018 with modern boilers using natural gas to produce the necessary steam. It is used in the papermaking process to, amongst other things, provide heat for the drying of the paper. The switch from coal to natural gas is expected to reduce the CO2 emissions from the mill by around 28,000 tons annually, thus significantly reducing the plant’s carbon footprint. The shift also reduces the need for road transport, as the gas is delivered through pipes.

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Water

Ahlstrom-Munksjö is dedicated to designing products and manufacturing processes that use energy, water and raw materials more efficiently. To meet our goal of responsible water management, we will ensure that all sites in water stress areas have a water management plan in place.  

Managing the Water Consumption Responsibly Target 2021-2025

 

All plants in water stressed areas have a water management plan

 

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More Paper, Less Water

When Ahlstrom-Munksjö decided to invest in a fourth vegetable parchment line at the Saint Severin plant in France, the question of reducing water usage and ensuring a secure water supply was high on the agenda. Extensive measures were taken to reduce the amount of water needed in the production process and to recycle as much as possible. Today up to 90% of the water is recycled back to be used again and the amount of water used per produced ton of paper has been reduced significantly.

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Supply Chain

At Ahlstrom-Munksjö, we work to ensure that our inputs are responsibly sourced and that our natural fiber sourcing policies promote more sustainable forestry and agricultural practices. To meet our Sustainable Supply Chain goals, we ensure that all of our chemical and fiber suppliers have signed our Supplier Code of Conduct and have undergone risk evaluation, and we have established responsible forest product sourcing targets. 

Sustainable Procurement Targets 2021-2025

 

100% of CSR audits on risk assessed Suppliers with High risk status by 2025

 

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Learn more about our work in each of these areas in our Annual and Sustainability Report. 

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