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Sustainability targets and key performance indicators (KPIs)

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Sustainability topic Key performance indicator (KPI) 2021 2020 2019 Targets Progress comment
Transformation
Pictogram Climate Reduction of production units’ fossil CO2e emissions (scope 1 and 2) -14% -13% Baseline year −50% by the end of 2030 from a 2019 base-year In progress – the emissions continued to decrease slightly, partly due to less fossil-intensive electricity purchased for sites in Finland.
Reduction of fossil CO2e emissions in supply chain, transportation and customer operations (scope 3)1 -2% -11% Baseline year −50% by the end of 2030 from a 2019 base-year In progress – the scope 3 emissions increased compared to 2020, partly due recovered production.
Pictogram Circularity % of technically recyclable products2 93% n/a n/a 100% by the end of 2030 In progress – strong baseline. Reporting started in 2021 covering Stora Enso’s packaging, pulp, paper and solid wood products as well as biochemical by-products.
Pictogram Biodiversity % of the owned and leased lands in wood production and harvesting covered by forest certification schemes3 99% 99% 99% Maintain at least the coverage level of 96% Achieved – certain purchased areas in Stora Enso’s joint operations in Brazil and Uruguay were in the certification process but not yet certified by the end of 2021. During 2022, the reporting on biodiversity will be complemented with specific biodiversity indicators in a new online reporting tool.
Responsible business practices
Pictogram Environmental incidents Number of significant non-compliance events4 6 8 9 Zero non-compliance events Not achieved – significant non-compliance events occurred despite prevention measures. For detailed incident descriptions, see Environmental incidents.
Pictogram Energy efficiency Projected energy savings, % (MWh saved/ MWh total energy used, electricity and heat)5 -0.6% -0.9% -1.4% -0.8% annual energy saving until 2030 Not achieved – the Group’s projected energy efficiency savings were partly affected by the pandemic-related work limitations at units
Pictogram Materials, residuals and waste Process residuals utilisation rate (%)6 98% 98% 98% Maintain at least the coverage level of 98% Achieved – stable performance with a high utilisation rate of process waste and residuals
Pictogram Water Process water discharge per saleable tonne of pulp, paper and board (m3/t) 31 31 29 Decreasing trend from 2016 baseline (27m3)
Not achieved – water performance normalised by tonne was partly affected by lower production levels in the Paper division compared to the baseline-year
Total water withdrawal per saleable tonne of pulp, paper and board (m3/t) 60 66 62 Decreasing trend from 2016 baseline (59m3) Not achieved – see above.
Pictogram Employees Leadership index n/a 84 83 85 by the end of 2022 In progress – data covering all employees not available for 2021. During the year, Stora Enso started to further digitalise its employee engagement approach, and the next global engagement survey targeted for all employees is planned for 2022.
Pictogram Safety Total Recordable Incident (TRI) rate7 6.2 6.1 7.0 4.0 milestone by the end of 2021 Not achieved – Stora Enso’s safety performance remained stable, but the milestone for 2021 was not achieved. The areas of improvement are being addressed in the strategic Safety Roadmap.
Pictogram Business ethics Code of Conduct Index n/a 86 84 Positive trend In progress – (as for Employees KPI) data covering all employees not available for 2021.
Pictogram Human rights Implementation of Human Rights due dilligence programme Remaining two development actions finalised, continuous improvements 22 out of 24 development actions finalised in Group function processes 24 development actions mapped in Group function processes Ensure efficient implementation of human rights due diligence programme. In progress – continued focus on human rights due diligence.
Pictogram Community Community Investment (CI): % of working hours and in-kind in the total CI 42% 41% 46% Increase to 70% by 2023 while also increasing the total CI In progress – the performance was partly affected by the restrictions in volunteer work and community projects during the pandemic
Pictogram Sustainable sourcing % of supplier spend covered by our Supplier Code of Conduct 96% 96% 96% Maintain at least the coverage level of 95% Achieved – stable performance with high coverage

 

  1. Historical scope 3 emissions recalculated against the most recent methodology in order to ensure comparability.
  2. Based on the technical recyclability of products and their production volumes as tonnes. Technical recyclability is defined by international standards and tests when available, such as PTS and CTP, and in the absence of these, by Stora Enso’s own tests that prove recyclability. The reporting scope includes Stora Enso’s packaging, pulp, paper and solid wood products as well as biochemical by-products. The recyclability of corrugated packaging estimated in 2021 reporting and will be confirmed by further testing.
  3. Reporting on total land area and its forest certification coverage aligned with financial reporting on forests assets. Historical figures have been recalculated for comparability.
  4. Environmental incidents involving a non-compliance with environmental legislation or a permit, or a significant stakeholder concern related to environmental performance.
  5. Excluding projected energy savings from Sachsen paper mill, which was divested, and Kvarnsveden and Veitsiluoto mills, at which paper production was closed during 2021.
  6. Utilisation rate for process residuals excluding, for example, tall oil, turpentine and wood chips.
  7. Number of incidents among our own employees per one million hours worked. Including joint operations Veracel and Montes del Plata

 

Definitions and calculation of key sustainability figures

GHG emissions, scope 1 + 2
Direct fossil CO2e emissions from production (scope 1) and indirect fossil CO2e emissions related to purchased electricity and heat (scope 2). Excluding joint operations. Reported as last 4 quarters. Calculated in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Last four quarters
4 quarters prior to the end of reporting period

GHG emissions, scope 3
Fossil CO2e emissions from supply chain, transportation and customer operations are estimated based on the most recent methodology. Joint operations included as suppliers. Currently, material emission categories for Scope 3 emissions are updated annually or every second year. Accounting based on guidelines provided by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol of the World Resource Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Forest certification coverage
The proportion of land in wood production and harvesting owned or leased by Stora Enso that is covered by forest certification schemes. Reporting on total land area and its forest certification coverage aligned with financial reporting on forests assets. Historical figures have been recalculated for comparability.

Share of technically recyclable products
The proportion of technically recyclable products based on production volumes as tonnes. Technical recyclability is defined by international standards and tests when available, such as PTS and CTP, and in the absence of these, by Stora Enso’s own tests that prove recyclability. The reporting scope includes Stora Enso’s packaging, pulp, paper and solid wood products as well as biochemical by-products. The recyclability of corrugated packaging is estimated in 2021 reporting and will be confirmed by further testing.

TRI (Total recordable incidents) rate

Number of incidents per one million hours worked. The figure represents own employees, including employees of the joint operations Veracel and Montes del Plata.

Total water withdrawal and Process water discharges per saleable tonne
Last four quarters for board, pulp and paper units. Excluding joint operations. Excluding mechanical wood product units and packaging converting units due to their low impact on the Group’s consolidated water use and different metrics for sales production (cubic metre and square metre) compared to board, pulp and paper units (tonnes).

Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC) coverage
% of supplier spend (last 12 months) covered by the Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC). Excludes joint operations, intellectual property rights, leasing fees, financial trading, government fees such as customs, and wood purchases from private individual forest owners.

 


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