Combating
climate change

We believe there is an opportunity to reach the 1.5-degree target, but the urgency for actions across industries is clear. Key to combating climate change involves the use of renewable materials, resource and energy-efficient production processes, and sustainable forest management practices.

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Strategy for a sustainable future

It is our goal to help the global community to stay below the 1.5-degree target. On the road to becoming net positive in 2050, we have set 2030 targets which are part of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) that drive ambitious climate action in the private sector. They provide a clearly defined science-based pathway to reducing emissions. We were the first forestry company to set them.

Our products help our customers and society at large to reduce their CO2 emissions by providing alternatives to fossil-based and other non-renewable materials. Trees in sustainably managed forests absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and, together with wood-based products, act as carbon storage even in recycling.

Combatting climate change with renewable materials

We believe that the key to combatting climate change involves the use of renewable materials, resource and energy-efficient production processes, and sustainable forest management practices.

Our products help our customers and society at large to reduce their CO2 emissions by providing alternatives to fossil-based and other non-renewable materials. Trees in sustainably managed forests absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and, together with wood-based products, act as carbon storage, even through recycling.

Carbon storage can be increased by substituting materials from fossil-based and other finite resources with renewable alternatives. In 2019, by substituting fossil-based materials, Stora Enso’s products saved an estimated 17.9 million tonnes of CO2 and our total climate benefit was 11.5 million tonnes of CO2.

Climate impact to our forests

Our raw materials are renewable, recyclable, and fossil-free. Ensuring access to wood fiber from sustainably managed forests is therefore fundamental to maintaining carbon sinks and climate change mitigation efforts. Our strategy encompasses active management of climate risks in our own forest assets, as well as supporting our suppliers’ work in sustainable forestry. For instance, diligent eucalyptus plantation planning is used to avoid frost-sensitive areas, and tree breeding and R&D programs are applied to increase tolerance to extreme temperatures.

At Stora Enso, we maintain a diversity of forest types and structures and enforce diversification in wood sourcing to secure supply. In addition, we have developed technical solutions to adapt wood harvesting and transportation to changing conditions, such as soft soils caused by milder winters in Northern Europe.

Our goals on climate change

We seek to substitute fossil-based and other finite materials with our renewable solutions. Our goal is to provide our customers with 100% regenerative solutions by 2050.

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