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Sofidel achieves record environmental score in WWF report

Sofidel has continued to boost its environmental efforts after achieving a 77.2% overall score in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) 2019, up from its 76.6% result in 2017’s survey.

The Italian tissue giant’s result was also ahead of the 67% recorded by the overall global tissue category.

Sofidel has further improved in two out of three sub-categories – Responsible Fibre Sourcing and Reporting & EMS (Environmental Management System).

Launched in 2013, the EPCI report is a biennial tool proposed by the environmental organisation to companies in the pulp and paper industry to assess their environmental commitment and transparency.

It is based on voluntary data disclosure on 50 indicator questions WWF considers important for tracking a company’s ecological footprint over time.

On a scale from 0 – 100, Sofidel has achieved a score of:

  • 75% for Responsible Fibre Sourcing (compared to 72% in 2017), related to raw material (pulp) sustainable procurement;
  • 80% for the Reporting & EMS section (79% in 2017), with regards to social and environmental reporting;
  • 77% in the Clean Manufacturing category (79% in 2017), which takes into consideration the reduced environmental impact of production processes. The company said the decrease was mainly due to the lower environmental efficiency of its plants following the standard implementation of new production capacity in Spain, Poland and the United States.

The company has participated in all the four editions of the WWF biennial report, with an overall score progress of 12.4 points.

Since 2015, it has provided data for the compilation of the report with reference to 100% of its production. This year, 30 out of 84 invited companies took part in the Index.

In addition to increased overall scores assessed in the WWF Index, Sofidel said it is committed to reducing direct emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere (reduction in carbon intensity).

In order to achieve this goal, the company invested in ten years (2009 – 2018) around €100m – of which €27.5m in Italian plants – in cogeneration plants and energy production from renewable sources (photovoltaic and hydroelectric), biomass power plants and energy efficiency.

Another fundamental area of action is the sourcing of pulp certified by independent third parties with forest certification schemes (FSC, FSC Controlled Wood, etc,) which has reached a level of 100%.

The company also works to safeguard water resources, limiting its consumption within the production processes.