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​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.

The paper industry predominantly borrows water in contrast to consuming it. Significant volumes of water are processed, but after treatment in modern water treatment plants, over 90% of the water intake is returned to the water systems from which it was extracted.

Achievements to date

  • Completed mill-specific water risk assessments in eleven paper mills
  • We have reached a significant milestone in 2017, by reducing our water discharge chemical oxygen demand (COD) by 1/3 per tonne of produced paper, three years earlier than expected. 

Long-term commitment 

  • We have adopted the set of 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were set out in September 2015. 
  • The 17 goals including, life below water and clean water and sanitation, to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all each have a specific target. 

  • We will continue to contribute to realise these goals to be achieved over the next 15 years.

We support initiatives to develop ‘water footprints’ and water stewardship standards. In 2011, we joined the Water Footprint Network, which is a frontrunner in developing such standards. We also contribute to, and are an active participant in, the development of sustainable methodology applicable to our industry.

Long-term commitments

We are dedicated to the continuous improvement of our sustainability performance and have made four long-term commitments.

Read our long-term commitments

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