Sustainability targets guide our operations

Sustainability targets for 2030 and progress in 2019

Metsä Board's 2030 sustainability targets focus on four themes: 1) responsible business culture and safety, 2) sustainable forest management, 3) climate and environment, and 4) sustainable products and supply chain. The targets are based on Metsä Group’s sustainability objectives and aligned with reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. From a total of 17 SDGs, we have selected seven goals to which we contribute the most through our operations.

Mitigating climate change and working towards fossil free mills are at the core of our sustainability targets.
Our ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are also endorsed by the Science Based Targets initiative. The targets meet the requirements of the most stringent objective of the Paris Agreement, which is to limit global warming increase to 1.5 degrees.

Our key actions to reach the fossil free mills target are explained in the roadmap below.

Metsä Board's 2030  sustainability targets

Well-being  2030 targets

Responsible corporate culture - Ethics barometer 100%
  • Metsä Group renewed its Code of Conduct in spring 2019. Our aim is that all our personnel will act according to Metsä Group’s ethical principles.
  • The Ethics barometer will be developed during year 2019 with the aim to provide us insight on how our personnel perceive ethics at workplace and to improve our understanding on compliance and ethics related risks. The results will be utilised in developing our compliance and ethics program. 
Accident free work environment – zero LTA1 accidents
  • We aim to have an accident free work environment and our target for LTA1 is zero.
responsible corporate culture

Forest  2030 targets

Share of certified wood fibre >90%
  • All the wood we use is traceable and comes from sustainably managed certified or controlled forests. We constantly aim to increase the share certified wood . 

Safeguarding biodiversity of forests -  leaving high biodiversity stumps in 90% of thinnings and leaving retention trees in all the regeneration cuttings 

  • Safeguarding biodiversity is part of our daily actions. For many species, standing and fallen decayed wood is a key habitat. For that, we aim to leave biodiversity stumps and retentions trees in harvesting. Leaving retention trees is also required by the forest certification schemes. 
Increasing the amount of carbon stored in forests (in hectares) and products (in tonnes) by 30% from the 2018 level
  • Forests store carbon while growing. With the sustainable forest management and e.g. thinnings the trees get more light and space that supports the strong growth and accelerates carbon storing. Fertilising the forests can also be used to support the growth.
  • Metsä Group aims to increase the amount of carbon stored in products with a long life span. Those products have a clear role in mitigating the climate change. As an example, wooden buildings store carbon for a long time.  
Sustainable forest management

Climate and environment  2030 targets

Fossil free mills - Our mills will not use fossil fuels and will not purchase any fossil energy
  • A major stake of our energy consumption is based on renewable energy, which is mainly produced from production side streams e.g. by utilising black liquor, bark and forest residuals.
Resource efficient production - All the production side streams will be fully utilised
  • Resource efficiency is a key in our operations. Renewable wood is our main raw material. Each part of that is utilised to the highest added-value products. We use raw material, water and energy efficiently and want to avoid landfill waste.
Resource efficient production - The use of process water will be decreased by 30% from the 2018 level
  • In areas where we operate, water is mostly an abundant resource. Still, we put effort to continuously decrease the use of process water. 99% of the water we use is surface water, and we don’t weaken any other party’s access to water with our operations. 
Resource efficient production - Energy efficiency improvement >10% from the 2018 level
  • By using energy efficiently we can cut our CO2 emissions and achieve also cost-savings. 
Resource efficiency

Sustainable choices  2030 targets

Share of fossil free raw-materials 100%
  • Our main raw material is wood, which is a renewable raw material originating from sustainably managed forests. Currently most of our raw materials are already from renewable sources and our target is that by 2030 we will not be using any fossil oil-based raw materials.
Sustainable Supply Chain - The share of sustainable suppliers 100%
  • We expect all of our suppliers to commit to the Metsä Group Code of Conduct for Suppliers. We will develop our supplier sustainability practices further to be able to verify that all our suppliers act according to our environmental, social and economical responsibility requirements. 
Traceable raw materials. The share of traceable raw materials 100%
  • Our main raw material, wood is currently 100% traceable. We will work towards ensuring that we know the origin of all our raw materials.
Sustainable packaging