Since the launch of Multicopy Zero in 2016 Stora Enso has been supporting three global emission reduction projects. In order to achieve CarbonNeutral® paper certification, we offset an emission volume equal to the emissions produced during the manufacture and distribution of Multicopy Zero. And we are thrilled that our actions are not only helping to tackle climate change, but are also increasing quality of life for the people in these areas, in line with several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Here’s a follow-up on the offset projects supported by Stora Enso and a deeper look at one of them.
Get the full story about Stora Enso’s decision to make its Multicopy Zero paper CarbonNeutral®, and learn more about carbon offsetting in the brochure “Multicopy Zero – paper with a mission”
1 carbon credit = 1 tonne of carbon dioxide that has been prevented from entering or removed from the atmosphere. Essentially, carbon offsetting means outsourcing emission reductions. The buyers of carbon credits provide essential finance to projects making emission reductions on their behalf.
The total carbon offset by Stora Enso since 2016:
- Making 195,618 cups of tea
- A football pitch of forest growing for 1 year
- A one way business class flight between London and NYC
Source: Natural Capital Partners
Natural Capital Partners is helping Stora Enso offset the emissions derived from Multicopy Zero by purchasing carbon credits from these three global projects: Clean water supply in Sub-Saharan Africa, Solar cookers in China and Small-scale biogas plants in Vietnam.
As leading experts on carbon neutrality and climate finance, Natural Capital Partners works with more than 300 clients in 34 countries to create a more sustainable world. Through a global network of projects, the company delivers the highest quality solutions which make real change possible: reducing carbon emissions, building resilience in supply chains, and improving health and livelihoods.
Natural Capital Partners guides companies to achieve CarbonNeutral® certification in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol – the leading global framework for carbon neutrality. We wrote about Natural Capital Partners in this article from 2019 “A partner with a vision for a paper with a mission”
Since 2016, Stora Enso has offset a total of 11,760 tCO2e.
1. Improved Water Infrastructure, Sub-Saharan Africa
Provides clean drinking water to small rural communities by repairing and drilling new boreholes. This allows water to be extracted even during dry seasons. Not having to boil water for purification means less need for firewood and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Carbon offset by Stora Enso:
Eritrea: 304 tCO2e (2016 purchase)
Malawi: 183 tCO2e (2016 purchase)
Zimbabwe: 3,109 tCO2e (2019/current project)
2. Danjiang River Solar Cookers, China
Replacement of traditional coal-fired stoves with solar cookers. Using parabolic dishes run by solar energy as cookers, hence significantly reducing fuel consumption and indoor air pollution.
Carbon offset by Stora Enso: 4,569 tCO2e
3. Household Agricultural Biogas, Vietnam
Small-scale biogas plants are installed in households, offering rural families affordable energy while reducing carbon emissions considerably.
Carbon offset by Stora Enso: 3,595 tCO2e
Walking several kilometres a day to access clean water and then boiling it for purification, takes time from education and income-generating activities. It also puts pressure on fuelwood sources and causes illness related to indoor air pollution. Unclean water results in hundreds of cases of diarrhea and a few fatalities per year.
In addition to delivering emission reductions to combat climate change – UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 – this clean water supply project in sub-Saharan Africa delivers several other important SDG impacts:
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation: The project provides the infrastructure for clean water supply for communities. A borehole can provide up to one million litres of safe drinking water per year.
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being: Preventing diarrhea and fatalities caused by unclean water.
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: Use of locally-appropriate technology, maintained by local mechanics trained under the programme, helps provide a long-term solution.
SDG 5: Gender Equality: Boreholes greatly reduce the time needed for collection of water and fuel, and the purification of water. This allows women to focus on other income-generating activities.
Humans’ urge to communicate has always been strong – and with the evolution of paper, the written form of communicating opened a whole new world of efficiency, suddenly dismantling geographical boundaries. Naturally, the history of papermaking is closely connected to societal, industrial, and cultural events.
Eco-awareness and higher demands on sustainability features among customers tend to lead to good things. One current example is the initiated project at Stora Enso to certify all paper pulp grades as compostable, to helps consumers make more eco-friendly choices.
In 2021, the Multicopy production base in Nymölla mill took a step further in the fossil free journey, with Stora Enso entering a partnership with energy company Gasum. We had a talk with Erik Woode, Director, Project Development & Execution, at Gasum, to get a status update after one year of turning residue water from production into fossil free fuel.