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 95-98 per cent and their low chemical consumption.
Decreased electricity consumption in focus at Rottneros Mill
Our second largest input is electricity. At Vallvik Mill we produce our own electricity, which covers over 83% 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. 70 percent of the energy used at Rottneros Bruk is fossil-free (2021).
Fossil free mill in Vallvik
Vallvik's manufacturing process means that 99 percent of the energy used is fossil-free. The remaining part is made up of fossil fuel which is required when the factory starts up after the annual maintenance and repair shutdown. Thanks to the factory's recycling cycle, almost 100 percent of the cooking chemicals can be re-used. Today, the forest industry is society's largest producer of biofuel and of green electricity, i.e. electricity produced from biofuel.