VAXJO, Sweden, March 22, 2018 (Press Release) -Södra’s efforts to achieve totally fossil-free operations have generated clear results. In 2017, results improved in all relevant areas. The interim target, that industrial processes would be powered exclusively by renewable fuels, has now reached almost 100 percent.
In 2017, Södra increased its proportion of renewable fuels for powering its processes from 98.7 to 99.3 percent. The results also improved substantially in other areas. The proportion of renewable fuel dispensed from Södra’s filling stations rose from 47 to 79 percent.
“This is an exceptionally strong trend,” said Henrik Brodin, Project Manager for ‘A Fossil-free Södra.’ “The results are clearly moving upwards in all areas. The fact that we can already see such a strong trend is because the entire organisation is maintaining a focus on sustainability issues. Now it’s important that these dedicated efforts continue.”
|Renewable fuels trend, Södra||2017||2016|
|% of renewable fuels for powering processes||99.3%||98.7%|
|% of renewable fuels for working machinery and internal transport||20%||13%|
|% of renewable fuels for other forms of transport||29%||20%|
|% of renewable fuel dispensed from Södra’s filling stations||79%||47%|
The increased use of renewable fuels has led to lower emissions of CO₂ from fossil-fuels.
Efficiencies and product development
The target of fossil-free production by 2020 and fossil-free transport by 2030 is one of the three sustainability targets* that Södra’s Board decided in September 2016 would receive the same status as the Group’s financial targets. Efforts to achieve this target intensified in 2017. They include both long and short-term activities such as increasing the efficiency of the existing operations, replacing fossil-fuel products with fossil-free alternatives, and research and development around new products. During the year, Södra decided to make two investments in liquid biofuel production: biomethanol in Södra’s pulp mill at Mönsterås and liquid biofuels from forest biomass in Tofte, Norway.
“This is very gratifying, both for Södra and society as a whole. It confirms that the transition to fossil-fuel independence is not only possible, but that Södra is also able to lead the way in this area,” said Lars Idermark, President and CEO, Södra.
Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 51,000 forest owners. Södra is also an international forest industry Group, with 3,400 employees around the world. Net sales in 2017 were 20.5 SEK billion. Balancing production efficiency with nature conservation guides everything that we do. We produce timber, interior wood products, pulp for paper and textiles, and green energy. We use every part of the tree, and are always looking to develop new products from this fantastic, renewable raw material. Södra is a world-leading producer of market pulp and also owns one of the largest sawmill operations in Europe. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the future of sustainable forestry.
* Södra’s three overarching sustainability targets are fossil-free production by 2020 and fossil-free transport by 2030, a 20-percent higher rate of forest growth by 2050, and a zero accident vision.