Stora Enso has become the first forest products company to set ambitious science based greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets to address significant emissions along the company’s value chain.
The targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.
‘For over a decade we have been actively reducing the energy intensity of our operations and our dependence on fossil fuels,’ said Stora Enso CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström. ‘As a company operating in a bio-economy and using renewable raw materials, we are in a unique position to take the next step. We are now committing to further reducing our CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 2°C limit set for global warming by the Paris Agreement. The new targets cover emissions from our own operations, but also includes engagement targets for our partners all through the value chain.’
The target commits Stora Enso to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from operations by 31% per tonne of pulp, paper and board produced by 2030 from a 2010 base year. To reduce emissions in the value chain, Stora Enso commits to have 70% of non fibre suppliers and downstream transportation suppliers in terms of spend set their own GHG reduction targets by 2025, towards the aim that these suppliers adopt science-based GHG reduction targets by 2030. In addition, the company will educate 100% of customer facing staff on the advantages of setting science based targets by 2020.
Alexander Liedke, manager of sustainable business and markets at WWF and member of the Science Based Targets initiative steering committee, said: ‘We congratulate Stora Enso on being the first forest products company to have its science based targets approved by our team. By setting targets that align their business with global efforts to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, Stora Enso is positioning itself to thrive as the global economy transitions to a low carbon future. It is particularly encouraging to see Stora Enso working with its suppliers to adopt their own science based targets, helping to mainstream science based target setting across the value chain.’
The Science Based Targets initiative mobilises companies to set targets and boost their competitive advantage in the transition to the low carbon economy. It is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. The initiative defines and promotes best practice in science based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets.