Metsä Board Sustainability Report 2022




Water management RR-PP-140a.1

Total water withdrawn

Quantitative 109,901 (1,000 m³) surface water 65 (1,000 m³) groundwater

Nearly 100% of the process and cooling water is surface water. We mainly use groundwater for hygiene, laboratory, etc. purposes.

Total water consumed, percentage of each in regions with High or Ex- tremely High Baseline Water Stress

Quantitative 4,399 (1,000 m³) water consumed

Of all the water we use 96% is returned to waterbodies after use and roughly 4%, either evaporates during the process or is bound to products (pp. 22–23). The figure is based on a value that takes into account direct water intake and the water contained in the raw materials (p. 49). 0% of the water comes from areas with high or extremely high baseline water stress (WRI Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas). All our mills are located in areas with ample water resources, due to which our water use does not impair the availability of water to other parties. Risk assessments are carried out twice a year at the company level. At the pro- duction unit level risk assessments are done in accordance with certified management systems. Climate change may also cause water-related risks in the future (pp. 18–19). Our target of reducing the use of process water by 30% per tonne produced during 2018–2030 reduces our water risk.

RR-PP-140a.2 Description of water management risks and discussion of strategies and practices to mitigate those risks

Discussion and analysis

Supply chain management RR-PP-430a.1

Percentage of wood fibre sourced from (1) third-party certified forestlands and percentage to each standard and (2) meeting other fibre sourcing standards and percentage to each standard

Quantitative 83% of the wood fibre we use comes from PEFC or FSC®-certified forests, and 17% of the fibre meets the criteria for PEFC Controlled Sources and FSC Controlled Wood. Thus the wood fibre we use is traceable (p. 36–39). In our view the properties of PEFC-certified and FSC-certified wood fibre are not materially different, due to which we do not disclose their percent- ages separately.

RR-PP-430a.2 Amount of recycled and recovered fibre procured

Quantitative 0 tonnes

Metsä Board produces premium paperboards made from pure, traceable fresh fibre also suitable for demanding end uses requiring a high level of hygiene. We promote the circular economy throughout our value chain (pp. 6–7 and 12–13). Our life cycle assessments have shown the carbon footprint of packaging made from our fresh fibre paperboard is up to more than 50% smaller than that of packaging made from recycled fibre of equal stiffness (2019). Metsä Board is prepared for the reputational and physical risks associated with forest use (pp. 18–19).

Activity metrics RR-PP-000.A Pulp production

Quantitative 1,409,000 tonnes (chemical pulp and BCTMP)

RR-PP-000.B Paper production

Quantitative 1,890,000 tonnes (folding boxboard and white kraftliners)

RR-PP-000.C Total wood fibre sourced

Quantitative 8.3 million m³. It is our company’s established custom to indicate volume as cubic metres, not as tonnes (pp. 37–39).



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