Our wood-based products are part of a natural and sustainable ecosystem with their beginnings in the forest. That is why responsibility for the environment permeates the entire Rottneros business. We place great value on reducing our environmental impact and our ambition is to conduct our business sustainably.
Our business begins in the forest, where we get our wood
Having the pulp wood supply as close to the mills as possible reduces both our environmental footprint and our transport costs. The systematic review of the Group’s transports shows that we can be pleased that the majority of our pulp wood comes from within a radius of 100 kilometres from the mills. This policy both reduces need for transports and contributes to the local economy.
Wood - A natural and renewable input
In general we are committed to reducing consumption of input goods and optimally using our resources. At Rottneros Mill CTMP and groundwood pulp are produced in two separate lines. Both processes are environmentally friendly because of their high use of raw materials at a rate of 90-95 and 95-98 per cent, respectively, and their low chemical consumption.
Decreased electricity consumption in focus at Rottneros
Our second largest input is electricity. At Vallvik Mill we produce our own electricity, which currently covers 70-80% of the mill’s needs. At Rottneros Mill, however, the process is extremely power-intensive but the mill is unable to produce its own electricity. We are therefore continually working to reduce energy consumption per tonne of pulp at Rottneros Mill through improved processes and our choice of products. As a result Rottneros Mill has been able to reduce its electricity consumption by 14 per cent per produced tonne since 2010.
Fossil free mill in Vallvik
Because of the production process at Vallvik mill, 99 per cent of the energy used is fossil-free. The remainder consists of fossil fuel that is required when the plant starts running after the annual maintenance and repair shutdown. The forest industry today is society's biggest producer and user of biofuel and one of Sweden’s largest producers of green electricity, that is, electricity produced from biofuel.