As a result of implementing a variety of energy-saving projects, including the start-up of new CHP plants, improvements in manufacturing processes, upgrading equipment, eliminating the use of fuel-oil and using rail rather than ground transport, Lecta has reduced its CO2 emissions per ton of paper by 10% since 2006. In the last two years, despite changes aimed at manufacturing more higher added-value specialty papers, which have entailed lower productivity levels overall, Lecta has continued to reduce emissions to values of 0.36 t CO2 per ton produced in 2012.
The paper industry is one of the industries best positioned to mitigate climate change: the paper cycle begins with a natural, renewable raw material (trees) that absorbs CO2 during its growth; stored carbon is not released when trees are cut but remains within the paper products themselves, true CO2 stores; paper can be recycled several times after use, thereby increasing carbon sequestration time; and even when it is not suitable for recycling, paper can be used as biofuel, as well as biomass, with the consequent reduction in landfill waste volumes and the resulting emissions.
Lecta is one of the largest manufacturers of coated woodfree paper in the world and a leader in the European specialty papers market. It is made up of three companies with a long tradition in their home markets: Cartiere del Garda in Italy, Condat in France and Torraspapel in Spain.
Lecta currently has 8 mills with a total production capacity of nearly 2 million tons and is recognized worldwide as a reliable, flexible and customer-centered supplier as well as being a leader in environmental stewardship.
All of the group manufacturing sites hold ISO 9001 quality certification, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management certifications, and ISO 50001 energy management certification. Furthermore, Lecta is able to guarantee the sustainable origin of the wood used to manufacture our products, in strict compliance with new European timber regulations and PEFCTMand FSC® chain-of-custody standards, offering maximum credibility and transparency in our wood sourcing operations.