When defining our opportunities and challenges with regard to sustainability or our competiveness, we need to also carefully consider global macro trends such as: climate change; the global scarcity of water; deforestation; ever tightening regulations on sea transportations and waste management; governmental incentives for the use of wood in energy generation; and energy taxation. Our analyses of the future prospects for Metsä Board indicate that our business provides good opportunities, but that there are also some risks requiring active mitigation.
We work actively to minimise and manage all environmental impacts related to our operations. We take a proactive approach to environmental risk management that includes assessing, monitoring and mitigating all the environmental risks related to our partners’ operations as well as our own operations. We manage environmental risks by complying with the limits set in the mills’ environmental permits on factors such as discharges to water, emissions to air, noise, and accidental releases. We also conduct regular environmental risk analyses at our production units.
At the operational level, Metsä Board’s production units continuously carry out small scale investment projects designed to upgrade their production facilities and reduce environmental loads and environmental risks at our mills. These upgrades have focused on making more efficient use of raw materials, water and energy, as well as on reducing emissions.
All Metsä Board production units have introduced the certified Energy Efficiency System (EES), which serves as a systematic management tool for reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.