UPM strengthens the foundations of the bioeconomy with a new biodiversity commitment

UPM published a new biodiversity commitment, which is one of the company's responsibility targets for 2030. The new commitment and programme will be presented today at the Conference of the Parties (COP14) of the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Reduction of Single-Use Plastics

The European Parliament approved its report on the draft Directive on Marine Pollution and Single-use Plastics.

Environmental Impact Assessment for UPM's possible Kotka Biorefinery is ready

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for UPM's possible Kotka Biorefinery in Finland has been completed and given to the authorities for their final conclusions. The UPM Kotka Biorefinery would produce approximately 500,000 tonnes of advanced biofuels made from sustainable raw materials for use in the road transport, marine and aviation sectors. The biorefinery's products could also be used for replacing fossil raw materials in the chemical industry.

Metsä Wood’s birch plywood mill inaugurated in Pärnu

The new birch plywood mill of Metsä Wood, the Wood Products Industry segment of Metsä Group, was inaugurated in Pärnu today, 3 October 2018. Formal addresses were given at the event by Rene Tammist, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of Estonia, and Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO of Metsä Group. The investment in the birch plywood mill in Pärnu is worth EUR 55 million. It enables Metsä Wood to respond to the growing demand for birch plywood in the global market.

Marubeni renews its status onf the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World for 11th year

The status of Marubeni Corporation was renewed as an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World, one of the best known ESG investment indices* in the world, for the 11th consecutive year.

KAPAG offers unique and sustainable paperboard creations

Customers can source a unique range of laminated paperboard from KAPAG Karton + Papier AG, or alternatively, look to the paperboard laminator for the rapid realisation of their own product ideas.

BillerudKorsnäs strengthens its leading position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) is an annual evaluation of companies’ sustainability practices. Each year over 3 400 listed companies around the world are analyzed, the top 10 percent are included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

Stora Enso and Orthex combine wood fibre and bioplastic into durable consumer products

Stora Enso and Orthex together bring to the market a new range of kitchen utensils made from a new biocomposite which combines the best qualities of wood and plastic. The bio-based material used to replace fossil-based plastic is made from spruce and sugarcane, which reduces the carbon footprint of the products by up to 80%. The innovative products contain 98% bio-based material.

Smurfit Kappa Joins Two Sides Sustainability Group

Two Sides welcomes Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s leading packaging companies, as a new member. With increasing consumer concern and media scrutiny on packaging and, in particular, single-use plastics, the world is looking for more sustainable solutions.

Rotterdam, Netherlands to host 4th Biomass Trade Summit Europe

ACI is excited to announce Rotterdam, The Netherlands as the host city for our 4th Biomass Trade Summit Europe 2019, taking place on 20th & 21st February 2019!

McDonald’s announces rollout of paper straws

McDonald’s restaurants in the UK and Ireland will complete transition to paper straws in 2019; McDonald’s restaurants in Belgium are trialing alternatives to plastic straws and tests are planned for select restaurants in the U.S., France, Sweden, Norway and Australia later this year

IKEA makes global commitment to remove all single-use plastic products

IKEA launches new People & Planet Positive strategy making a global commitment to remove all single-use plastic products in the range by 2020. Additional commitments, which will be achieved by 2030, aim to inspire and enable people to live more sustainably, reduce their climate impact, contribute to a world without waste and create a more fair and equal society.