UPM has taken the first steps to renew its reporting under The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). According to the announcement, four of the company’s mills have this year completed their EMAS Environmental Performance reports with locally relevant information on societal aspects and impacts.
These are are:
- UPMChangshu paper mill in China
- UPM Nordland paper mill in Germany
- UPMKaukas paper and pulp mills in Finland
- UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay
Gabriele Wende, Director, Reporting and product stewardship, UPM, commented:
“We see ourselves as an integral part of the local communities. Being transparent with the environmental information and the impacts of our operations is very important, but we also want to share the societal aspects and impacts with our stakeholders. UPM has integrated responsibility data in its Annual Report already for the last 10 years. While the Annual Report is a great source of corporate-wide information, the detailed local report gives a new dimension to our local value creation.”
UPM pulp and paper mills were registered in EMAS soon after the scheme was established in 1995. In 2012 and 2013, UPM extended its Corporate EMAS registration to its mills outside Europe, to UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay and to UPM Changshu paper mill in China. The rest of the paper and pulp mill specific EMAS reports and the corporate environmental statement will be published in the near future on UPM website. The final registration is complete only when the Corporate EMAS registration 2016 has been approved.
Earlier UPM announced a EUR 30 million investment into Kaukas pulp mill in Finland.
The company is largely focused on fibre- and biomass-based businesses, recyclable raw materials and products. UPM integrates bio and forest industries and operates across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America) and UPM Plywood.