In 2010, UPM set quantitative long-term environmental targets on the Group level and defined indicators to measure performance in the key areas of environmental responsibility. The targets are based on the year 2008 and shall be reached until 2020. An overview about the target achievement in 2012 has already been published in UPM’s Annual Report at UPM’s webpage and recently also in the Environmental Statement of UPM’s pulp and paper mills.
How is UPM following up on the 2020 target achievement?
UPM’s Environmental Intelligence team is responsible for following the development of the key indicators on annual basis. Parameters like CO2, wastewater volume or waste to landfills are directly reported from the production units to a common database. Other information like the certified fibre share is based on the Chain-of-Custody calculations or like the share of eco-labelled products taken from the sales system. In the beginning of the year, our team is gathering and cross-checking the figures. Our aim is to ensure the reliability of the data, so that the data is correct for the assurance audit for the Annual Report which has been carried out by PricewaterhouseCooper.
A few parameters can be followed-up more often, like figures for COD (chemical oxygen demand) which are reported on monthly basis by the pulp and paper mills. Looking at the first half of 2013, the COD per tonne of paper remained stable and COD per tonne of chemical pulp reduced by 7% compared to 2012. That means that the combined Group target for COD for 2013 will most likely be achieved.
How often are the targets reviewed?
UPM’s 2020 targets for the certified fibre share, the COD load in wastewater and the landfill waste have been tightened.