The forest industry reports on its environmental impact every year. The pulp and paper industry’s environmental statistics illustrate how environmental impacts have developed over the years.
The circular economy and industrial symbioses promote utilisation of production side streams
In 2015, the amount of landfill waste from the pulp and paper industry fell by 16 per cent compared to the previous year. Production side streams are used, for example, as fertiliser, as a raw material for fertiliser products, and in bioenergy production.
In 2015, a record amount of production side streams, over 100,000 tonnes, was directed for use in fertilisers and this corresponds to approximately 2,300 truckloads of raw material. The amount of production side streams used for fertilising purposes increased by almost 40 per cent compared to 2014. Streamlined regulation has furthered the recycling of nutrients, which in turn has increased the use of production side streams for fertilising.
Nutrient emissions to water fell considerably and air emissions continued to decrease
Of nutrient emissions to water in 2015, especially nitrogen emissions showed a significant drop, as much as 14 per cent compared to 2014. This was due to, for example, the improved efficiency of biological wastewater treatment plants as well as changes in mills’ production. The forest industry accounts for approximately 4.5 per cent of all nutrient emissions to water.
Last year, significant strides were made in reducing air emissions. Sulphur emissions, for example, fell by almost 10 per cent compared to 2014. Factors contributing to the reduction in sulphur emissions include efficient recovery and handling of odour gas.
The Finnish Forest Industries Federation published the industry’s environmental and responsibility commitments in 2013 and a related progress report was published last year. The industry’s objectives continue to be to further reduce emissions into the environment and to develop its operations so that they place less of a burden on the environment.
For further information please contact: Sanna Pulkkinen, Senior Adviser, Environment, Finnish Forest Industries Federation, tel. +358 40 549 1534