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Overview of recent achievements

  • Chain of Custody Certification

  • Europe. February 2013 succesful completion of a three year FSC and/or PEFC certification programme for European converting operations reaching our objective to certify all converting plants in Europe for which a certification is relevant.

  • Latin America. All Mexican operations received Chain of Custody certifications under FSC; the same certifications were also received for our integrated converting operations in Argentina.

  • Certified Packaging. The completion of the European certification programme (see above) also led to over 90% of all Group converting operations being certified thereby achieving the Group's first long term commitment on sustainability two years ahead of schedule.

CO2 emission

  • Year-on-year, absolute fossil CO2 emissions for the total Group were reduced by 1.8%. Our global mill system reduced its fossil CO2 emission by 3.1% per tonne of paper and board produced.

  • COD Discharge Reduction

  • Year-on-year, absolute COD discharges for the total Group were reduced by 1.7%. Globally, our mill system reduced its COD discharges by 4.7% per tonne of paper and board produced.

Investments in the environment

  • CO2 reduction

  • Installation of a new shoe press in our Cerro Gordo paper mill, Mexico City in January 2012.

  • Rebuild of biomass boiler in our Navarra paper mill in Spain and subsequent start-up in September 2012.

  • Commissioning of a new CHP installation in our Barranquilla paper mill in Colombia in October 2012.

  • Completion of a new lime kiln in our Cali paper mill in Colombia in March 2013.

  • COD Water Discharges

  • Commissioning of a new water treatment plant in our Bernal paper mill in Argentina in May 2012.

  • Code of Business Conduct

  • Revised code approved and awareness campaign initiated.

Sustainable Packaging

  • Pack Expert tool extended with environmental parameters, enabling customers to measure and compare the environmental impacts of their supply chain management.


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