The group believes that replacing fossil-based fuels with bio-based materials would improve the environmental performance of the site.
The Imatra site is one of the world’s largest production sites for consumer packaging board, with more than 90% of goods produced there exported to Europe, Southeast Asia, and other continents.
The group's feasibility study is expected to be finalised in mid-2023.
The planned changes will require investment, which will be looked into after the feasibility study is finalised.
Mill director Mikko Nieminen, said, “We have already done a lot to reduce the emissions of the site. A new, more efficient wood handling and debarking line will be finalised during the autumn, reducing the water consumption up to 85% in the debarking line.
“The recycling and further usage of waste generated at the mill is already today world-class, exceeding 99%. Now we are studying the possibility to reduce the fossil CO2 emissions even further, aiming approximately to a 45% reduction.”
Stora Enso Sustainability Targets
Elsewhere, Stora Enso is committing to new 2030 targets for its key sustainability priorities of climate change, biodiversity, and circularity.
With its updated science-based targets, Stora Enso has committed to reducing absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from operations by 50% by 2030 from the 2019 base-year, aligned with the 1.5-degree scenario.
The packaging group has also committed to an ambitious target of reducing scope 3 GHG emissions by 50% by 2030 from the 2019 base-year.
The science-based targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute, and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Stora Enso has also pledged to achieve a net-positive impact on biodiversity in its own forests and plantations by 2050 through active biodiversity management.
A set of actions towards 2030 has been developed and initiated to improve biodiversity on species, habitat, and landscape levels.