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BillerudKorsnäs adopts science based climate impact targets

Photo: BillerudKorsnäs
Photo: BillerudKorsnäs
Published by
Simon Matthis - 08 Feb 2018

Already today BillerudKorsnäs is largely fossil-free with 97.5% biofuels used in the own operation. In order to further contribute to reducing climate change, BillerudKorsnäs has adopted new climate targets for 2030 and 2050, which now has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

The approved targets, which are in line with what is required for global warming not to exceed two degrees, are to:

- by 2030 reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions from own operations and indirect emissions from purchased energy by at least 59% compared to 2016 levels. By 2050, the corresponding emissions should be at least 74% lower.

- by 2030 reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions from purchases of goods and services (eg transports) by at least 30% compared to 2016 levels. By 2050, the corresponding emissions should be at least 70% lower.

“The Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts" sends a clear signal to rapidly develop new resource-efficient solutions and replace fossil based with renewable ones. We, as one of the first players in our industry, are therefore very proud to present new climate targets. BillerudKorsnäs and the forest based industry play a key role in the transition to a biobased and sustainable society, not least by offering renewable alternatives to fossil based packaging materials," said Henrik Essén, Senior Vice President Communication and Sustainability at BillerudKorsnäs.

BillerudKorsnäs is one of the leading manufacturers of packaging paper made from virgin fibers.