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Overview of recent achievements

CO2 Reduction

  • The long-term target to reduce the relative fossil CO2 emissions by 20%, compared to the base year 2005, has been met, with a relative reduction in emissions of 21% achieved by the end of 2013.


  • Chain of Custody. Currently, 91% of all Group converting operations are certified Chain of Custody, which exceeds the Group’s long-term commitment to reach at least 90% by 2015.
  • Certified Packaging. Close to 90% of our packaging produced in Europe can be declared as certified Chain of Custody. Once the expected certification of our Venezuelan operations is completed by the end of 2014 the same will be true for our products from the Americas.

ISO Certifications

  • Our paper mills in Argentina, Bernal and Coronel Suarez and our paper mill in Valencia in Venezuela obtained their ISO 14001 certifications in environmental management in 2013
  • Five of our paper and board mills in Germany and the Netherlands (Baden Karton, Herzberger, Zülpich, CD Haupt and Roermond) and our corrugated packaging factory Atlacomulco in Mexico were certified under ISO 50001 for their energy management system.
  • By the end of 2013, 92% and 22% of our mills are certified under ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 respectively.

COD Discharge Reduction

  • Globally, in 2013 our mills discharging to surface waters reduced COD discharges by 0.4% per tonne of paper and board produced compared to 2012.
  • Investments in fossil CO2 Reduction
  • Completion of a new lime kiln in our Cali paper mill in Colombia in March 2013 reducing fossil CO2 emissions by 13,000 tonnes on an annual basis.
  • The new CHP in our Barranquilla paper mill in Colombia is fully operational since August 2013, reducing fossil CO2 emissions by 13,000 tonnes on an annual basis.
  • A new CHP that has become operational in the second quarter of 2014 in our Hoya paper mill in Germany completed a multiyear investment project which reduced fossil CO2 emissions by 15% on a per tonne basis 

Code of Business Conduct

  • A Group-wide awareness campaign to inform all our employees about the core principles of the Code was initiated in the course of 2013 and will be completed in the course of 2014.

Sustainable Packaging

  • At Smurfit Kappa’s Group Innovation Event, awards for the most innovative sustainability ideas in process, product, supply chain and social engagements were given as part of our biennial Sustainability Awards. In the Americas, Sustainability Awards were also handed out at the Innovation and Sustainability Event for categories including environment, product/process improvement, social engagement and safety.


  • CRP Print and Packaging was acquired in October 2013. This UK-based company specialises in litho-laminated packaging, 3D point of sale products, high definition preprint, food contact and heavy duty packaging. The company employs approximately 220 people and will be operating under the name of Smurfit Kappa CRP.



As our business is dependent on this natural resource, both water availability and the impact of our water usage are of paramount importance to us.

Learn more about our water management