Our role in the bioeconomy
Taking growing forests as its starting point, BillerudKorsnäs has every opportunity to power the transition into a sustainable, bio-based society, where fossil raw materials and energy sources are replaced with renewable alternatives.
In addition to the environmental benefits, a sustainable bioeconomy will mean that we can develop BillerudKorsnäs’ business, create new areas of use for forest raw materials, and contribute to extra growth and more jobs far into the future.
BillerudKorsnäs’ products are sold all over the world. We are convinced that we have a role to play in tackling global challenges linked to an ever-increasing population and rising demand for renewable, recyclable packaging solutions that help reduce waste.
Over and above supplying renewable products, we are working constantly to reduce our own emissions of greenhouse gases. We do so, for example, by investing in new, energy-efficient technology, developing our work methods, increasing the share of renewable energy and checking our transport operations. Our work on emissions is rooted in our own climate strategy. Our vision is to phase out fossil fuels completely from our own production, and we are participating in the Swedish government’s ‘Fossil-free Sweden’ initiative. We are close to achieving our goal, and are now battling with the last few percentage points.
With renewable products and ambitious climate work, BillerudKorsnäs will move from vision to reality and help create a bio-based society where renewable packaging solutions are the obvious choice. Together with colleagues from our sector, we work closely with players such as the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Chalmers University of Technology and Innventia, and we are involved in the development of the Wallenberg Wood Science Center, where our shared aim is to develop competence and innovation power in Sweden. The research initiative is targeted at finding new materials with the potential to replace existing fossil materials, and in this context we are not limiting ourselves to renewable packaging. Our vision is to establish a national research platform to find materials with a broad scope of use. Pharmaceuticals, textiles, medico-technology and construction products are just some of the areas in which renewable materials have appreciable potential to replace their fossil counterparts.
We generate value locally BillerudKorsnäs views local engagement as an important part of our societal role. That is why we support children and young people in secondary schools and high schools by offering internships, for example, and contributing to study grants. As regards the business community, we are involved in initiatives such as Paper Province – a commercial cluster in the area of forest-related bioeconomy in and around Värmland – whose purpose is to reinforce the region’s competitiveness through strong working relationships between private- and public sector players. In Gruvön we have committed to an equality project entitled Ett jämställt Värmland (Equality in Värmland), which highlights and disseminates good examples, and creates a forum for exchanging experience and skills-boosting initiatives. In this way, BillerudKorsnäs is contributing to positive change at both local and global levels.