The Finnish forest industries’ carbon dioxide emissions in 2005 were lower than forecast. In pulp and paper mills carbon dioxide emissions fell by 13% and were 4,3 million tonnes. Production of paper and paperboard in 2005 was about 12% lower than the year before. This was due to the break in production caused by a labour dispute.
Emission figures in 2005 will not be comparable in the future, since the labour dispute caused a long shutdown and the new collective agreement allows mills to keep running at Christmas and Midsummer.
In addition to carbon dioxide, other air emissions as a rule declined more than would be expected from the drop in production. Emissions of sulphur compounds, which cause odours, remained roughly unchanged, however. This was because machines had to be shut down and restarted several times as a result of the labour dispute.
The forest industries’ water emissions generally declined more than the drop in production. This shows that mills have continued to improve environmental protection, as in past years. The production of paper and paperboard has more than tripled in the past thirty years, but at the same time the biological oxygen demand in mill effluents has fallen by over 95%.
The process of starting up mills after a shutdown that lasted nearly seven weeks went well, since mills carefully went through instructions, systems and start-up procedures. Consequently water emissions were minimized.
Pertti Laine, Senior Vice President, Industrial Policy, Finnish Forest Industries Federation, tel. +358 9 132 6633, mobile +358 400 506 977, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fredrik Blomfelt, Environmental Expert, Finnish Forest Industries Federation, tel. +358 9 132 6640, mobile +358 40 705 7389, email@example.com