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Korsnäs Introduces Environmental Product Declarations

January 31
10:01 2013

Korsnäs has brought in Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for all of their products, detailing a full report on the environmental impact of each product, based solely on their life cycle analysis. All the data collected is checked by Det Norske Veritas (an independent body) against the international standards for life cycle assessment – ISO 14040 & 14044. The main reason behind this development is to provide clients with the documented assurance on the environmental performance of the Korsnäs product range.

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)

According to Korsnäs’ Business Manager of Cartonboard, Sven Hjelmstedt “When customers want to publish their own EPDs, we have already done our part of the job for them. Our EPDs offer total and verified transparency. Because EPDs are continuously updated, the information is current. And with every update, our customers can monitor how we are doing in terms of development and improvements.”

As one of the 1st companies in the Swedish forest industry, sustainability is a very high priority to Korsnäs, not just in their operations, but also in their products. All of the products from Korsnäs are made from 100% pure virgin fibre and for each tree they harvest, three saplings are planted in its place.

Korsnäs is well known for its environmental developments: in 1997 they were the 1st forest company in the whole world to receive an ISO 14001 certification from seedling to final product. In that same year they were the 1st FSC® certified forest company, meaning they were able to prove the sourcing through an audited chain of custody. It also shows that raw material is harvested from responsibly managed forests.

The latest venture that Korsnäs is involved in, alongside Gävle Energi AB, is a combined heat and power (CHP) plant project, providing district heating for around 17,000 homes in Gävle. Once the project is complete, in early 2013, it should reduce the use of fossil oil by around 20,000m3, equating to approx 60,000 tonnes of CO2.

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