A few years back, we created a office supplies trade show concept called “Make a green statement”, encouraging people to choose Multicopy. Well, when it comes to Nymölla Mill, Sweden where Multicopy is produced, you can without hesitation call the whole site a sustainable statement. This mill showcases Stora Enso ambition to lead the industry into a fossil free future – through certifications, constant improvement and groundbreaking innovations and projects.Nymölla Mill is a role model in many ways and has been for several years. Constantly improving and raising its performance making a positive impact when it comes to greenhouse emission, use of resources and social responsibility.The mill holds just about every esteemed environmental certificate and label. ISO 14001 for one but also the EMAS – where you need an ambitious environmental management system to fulfill the requirements. In order to be evaluated, companies need to make an Environmental Statement. We had the opportunity to look through the mill’s 2020 statement and have an interesting digital discussion about Nymölla as the benchmark of sustainability with Ola Petersson, Environmental Manager and Carina Larsson Development Engineer.
Nymölla is an integrated mill, that means that both pulp and paper are produced at the same site, and that the energy from the pulp production is used to run the paper mill. “We produce 85% of our energy needs ourselves, and excess heat from the mill is used for district heating in the municipalities of Bromölla and Sölvesborg.” says Ola Petersson.
The paper that is produced is bleached with hydrogen peroxide in a closed circulation; the raw material comes from monitored and sustainable forestry operations. “If you look solely on the production process of making pulp and paper, we are CO2-neutral”, says Carina Larsson.
Earlier this year (April 2021) Nymölla improved it's sustainability performance even more with the biogas plant – a unique cooperation between gas company Gasum and Stora Enso. Creating fossil free fuel from waste is made possible through converting the organic residual of the mill’s wastewater into liquefied biogas. Gasum gets the gas and the win for Nymölla is to turn waste into a valuable renewable energy. The biogas plant is a win-win-win.
Take a look at this page to learn more about the biogas plant and turning waste into fossil free fuel.
“And there’s more – yet another exciting sustainability project is to establish a facility on Nymölla’s site – a demonstration plant of TreeToTextile, owned by Stora Enso, H&M Group, Inter IKEA Group, and LSCS Invest. The demand for sustainable textile fibers is growing fast and I’m looking forward to having the plant at our site.” Says Ola Petersson.
Read more about TreeToTextile in this article: TreeToTextile: Yet a unique plant at Nymölla Mill
The mill really is sustainable in the broad sense, with social responsibility as an important factor. It’s Bromölla Municipality’s largest private employer and in addition to that, many contractors in the region are employed by Stora Enso. Nymölla Mill cooperate with the occupational health service, schools, associations, and other organizations.
The company has a representative on the Board of Directors of the Enterprise Agency in Bromölla. Nymölla Mill wants to make a difference in every way possible. That includes supporting active, healthy leisure activities – especially for children and young people – “We have put land aside for, and established, a number of hiking trails. Two of them partially run through the mill’s grounds.
A safe and secure workplace it yet another focus area on the environmental agenda. Nymölla Mill is working actively to provide a safe and secure workplace and the occupational health and safety management system is certified in accor¬dance with ISO 45001.
If you’re interested in getting the full picture, and the complete list of actions taken by Nymölla Mill to provide maximum sustainability, you can download the Environmental statement of 2020 online, from the Stora Enso Paper Sustainability Hub.
• Located in Bromölla Municipality in southern Sweden between the Baltic Sea and the Skräbe river.
• A modern pulp and fine paper mill that is part of Stora Enso Group’s Stora Enso Paper division.
• It produces uncoated fine paper: office paper, digital paper and paper printing.
• Approximately 90% of fine-paper production is exported.
• Approximately 525 employees (end of 2020).
• Annual production capacity: 340,000 metric tonnes of pulp, 470,000 tonnes of paper.
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