Biodiversity and No Deforestation
As in our recent “People & Nature Commitment: Making business work for people and nature“, social and environmental challenges require prompt action to mitigate and adapt to climate change, halt and reverse biodiversity loss, ensure safe, fair, and equitable
working conditions for all.
Together with a third party we did our first Biodiversity Impact Assessment, whose first step was to carry out a proximity analysis of our paper mills to check their location in relation to protected areas of biodiversity interest. The Assessment highlighted four main activities likely to cause direct impacts on biodiversity: land use of production facilities, water withdrawal, water discharge, and operational activities.
Net Zero carbon emissions in scopes 1, 2, and 3 by 2050
Annual water consumption within boundaries that are safe for people and the environment
Eliminate air and water pollution
Recovering of operational waste
Net-positive impact on biodiversity by 2030 in operations and supply chain
In the BIA project (Biodiversity Impact Assessment), carried out in partnership with Etifor, an environmental consulting agency, spin-off from Università di Padova, we started with a proximity analysis to identify which of our Paper production sites are close to or within sensitive areas for biodiversity. Functional work to carry out our first Biodiversity Impact Assessment, upon which we will define and implement the mitigation strategy for our biodiversity impacts, both in the areas analyzed and throughout the supply chain. This strategy, based on four actions – avoid, reduce, restore, and compensate – will lead us to define our commitment to maintain biodiversity.Read more about the project
In 2022 we are committing to Zero Gross Deforestation or Conversion of Natural Ecosystems. As a Group, we neither own nor manage forests, and the pulp comes only from our suppliers, to whom we require 100% pulp certified FSC. We manage our supply chain by verifying and assessing the origin of all fibers through risk analysis. Since 2023 we are committing to increasing the FSC Chain of Custody (COC) cellulose part, reducing the FSC Control Wood (CW) fibers and in 2023 we have developed our People and Nature Commitment, where all the actions defined are aligned with the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR), Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, and the Global Goal for Nature frameworks.Discover more on our raw materials
Our business would not exist without water. We have recently set a new target to reduce water withdrawals by 10% (vs. 2022), in addition to the goal of returning 95% of the water we use to the environment, at the appropriate conditions and temperature with respect to the receiving water body. To reach our 2030 goals, we seek to reduce withdrawal and waste by minimizing the introduction of fresh water into production cycles, and to use cutting-edge techniques in the treatment of water before returning it to the natural environment.Read more about our actions