Our climate work

As international trade continues to grow and to generate economic development for more and more people, it inevitably increases the pressure on the Earth’s natural resources. We are facing major global challenges that can only be tackled through shared measures. Climate change is quite possibly the biggest challenge facing the human race today. BillerudKorsnäs wants to help reverse development in this area, and to play an active role in the important work that has to be done to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, which is why we have undertaken to combat climate change in all areas of our value chain.

How we are contributing to easing climate impact

We are primarily contributing to combating climate change by supplying packaging solutions made of renewable material to the global market. We want such packaging solutions to be the obvious choice for everyone. BillerudKorsnäs’ paper and board are much better – from the perspective of the climate – than other materials, such as plastic, metal and glass. They can be recycled 5–6 times, before finally being incinerated to produce energy.

Our material originates from growing forests. Research indicates  that active forestry with strong growth produces the greatest climate benefit, combined with initiatives to replace fossil and resource-intensive raw materials with renewable wood material. Our material makes strong and light packaging solutions, which allow efficient logistics all the way to the final consumer. This naturally helps cut climate impact in every link of the chain.

Of course, we are also working continuously to reduce our own emissions of greenhouse gases by investing in new energy-efficient technology, developing our work methods, switching to renewable energy, and by checking and optimising our transport assignments. We also encourage our suppliers to make improve­ments. BillerudKorsnäs has a stated climate strategy and our vision is to phase out fossil fuels completely from our own production processes. 

Life cycle assessment

To provide a solid basis for Billerud­Korsnäs’ continued climate work, and to make it easier for our customers to assess our products, we commissioned IVL Swedish Environmental Research to perform a life cycle assessment of pap­er packaging solutions made using our material. The study made in 2016 compared two of our paper packaging solutions - the D-sack and the shopping bag – made using our material with corresponding products made of other materials. Emissions of green house gases were 30%-70% lower for BillerudKorsnäs packaging. For the other comparisons of pollutants and ground-level ozone the D-sack produced lower emissions than a regular cement sack. Regarding BillerudKorsnäs shopping bag it produced much lower emissions in the vast majority of the cases compared with Renewable LDPE bag for the comparisson in nutrients, pollutants and ground-level ozone.

Partnership and awards in the area of climate work 

CDP:As the only Swedish company – and the only international forestry industry company –BillerudKorsnäs was rewarded for its comprehensive climate work with a place on CDP’s prestigious Climate A-list. This list comprises companies that show global leadership in the area of climate-improving measures, and it is compiled on behalf of 822 institutional investors who administrate EUR 86,000 billion. Read more.

Fossil-free Sweden

BillerudKorsnäs is a member of ‘Fossil-free Sweden’, an initiative set up by the Swedish government. By participating in Fossil-free Sweden, we hope to be able to learn more and to share our own experience of how to execute the transition to a fossil-free society in practice. Click here.

Science Based Targets

To ensure that our targets genuinely contribute to preventing the global temperature from rising by more than two degrees, we have also signed up for the Science Based Targets initiative, which is backed by CDP, the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and the WWF. This means that our targets are examined to ensure they live up to requirements according to research in the field. In addition, we undertake to examine suppliers’ emissions – from transport operations, for example – to set targets and to work system­atically to reduce levels. 

Already today BillerudKorsnäs is largely fossil-free with 97.5 percent 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:

  1.  by 2030 reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions from own operations and indirect emissions from purchased energy by at least 59 percent compared to 2016 levels. By 2050, the corresponding emissions should be at least 74 percent lower.
  2. by 2030 reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions from purchases of goods and services (eg transports) by at least 30 percent compared to 2016 levels. By 2050, the corresponding emissions should be at least 70 percent lower

Read more about BillerudKorsnäs view of sustainability here and about the Science Based Targets initiative here.