All of UPM's European Pulp and Paper Mills Now Certified Under EMAS

The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary environmental management system.

Sept. 12, 2012 - UPM said that all of its European pulp and paper mills are now certified in accordance with the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) — a voluntary environmental management system. In addition, the Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay is the first non-European mill to be included in the EMAS.

Altogether, UPM’s corporate registration and the respective environmental statement covers a total of 21 pulp and paper mills.

According to UPM, the environmental reporting in 2012 is more comprehensive than ever before. “The widening of the EMAS scope to include the first non-European site was a logical step for UPM’s environmental management and reporting," said Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, UPM Environment.

"UPM’s focus is on producing more with less energy, water and waste, and with lower carbon footprint,” Salpakivi-Salomaa said.

In 2011, UPM carried out numerous projects aimed at improving material efficiency in pulp and paper mills. Most notably, the amount of landfill waste was significantly reduced as a result of new options found in the re-use of ash at the Finnish mills.

UPM said that this first non-European EMAS registration is a continuation of a pilot project between UPM, EU, Finnish Environmental Institute SYKE, the Finnish Ministry of the Environment and Inspecta Certification.

“We’re delighted to see that EMAS is moving from European to global use and hope that the efforts of UPM to continually improve their environmental performance show the way for other international companies," said Soledad Blanco, Director Sustainable Resources Management, Industry & Air from the Environment Directorate General of the European Commission.

"Third party verification of the environmental data increases transparency, and gives credibility to companies using EMAS around the world,” Blanco added.