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We are pursuing continuous improvement on three topics: Supply Chain, Energy, Water and Waste, and Carbon Dioxide. Our stewardship of the natural world and our resources is not only part of company success, but our legacy for future generations.

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. 

Supply Chain Targets 2019-2020

All chemical and fiber suppliers have signed the Supplier Code of Conduct or are considered compliant

All chemical and fiber suppliers have undergone evaluation of Supplier Code of Conduct risks

To continually increase share of FSC® certified wood pulp in sourcing

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Energy, Water and Waste

Ahlstrom-Munksjö is dedicated to designing products and manufacturing processes that use energy, water and raw materials more efficiently. To meet our Energy, Water and Waste goals, we are advancing environmental and energy management systems and are reducing the intensity of our energy use, water use, water emissions and waste production. 

Energy, Water and Waste Targets 2019-2020

More than 95% of plants have a third-party audited environmental management system by end of year 2020

Increase percentage of the company's energy consumption certified under a third-party audited energy management system to 80% of total energy use by 2020

An annual 2% reduction of specific energy consumption from 2018 onward

An annual 1.5% reduction in water use per gross ton from 2018 onward

An annual 2% reduction in water COD emissions per gross ton product from 2018 onward

An annual 2% reduction in tons of waste to landfill from 2018 onward

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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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New Method Recycles Glass Fibers at Karhula

When the Karhula plant in Finland produces glass fiber tissue to go into flooring all over the world there is a certain amount of excess glass fiber that results from the cutting and trimming of the material. Since 2015 the excess material has been transported to a communal waste disposal 35 kilometers away. This was far from ideal, so in order to reduce waste to landfill we invested in innovative glass fiber recycling equipment that comes on stream during the third quarter of 2019.

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Carbon Dioxide

Ahlstrom-Munksjö is dedicated to using cleaner energy and reducing the emissions intensity in our energy systems. To meet our Carbon Dioxide goals, we will work to reduce our energy production emissions intensity by 2% each year and reduce emissions from our energy purchasing going forward. 

Carbon Dioxide Targets 2019-2020

2% annual reduction in Scope 1 carbon dioxide emissions per gross ton product from 2018 onward

Annual reduction of Scope 2 carbon dioxide emissions

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

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