Environmental calculations for our customers' use
Our customers and other stakeholders are increasingly interested in the environmental impact of our products. We provide our stakeholders with a broad range of information. Metsä Group and its companies have third-party environmental certification, and our products have environmental labels. This makes it easier for consumers to make sustainable choices. We also prepare environmental product calculations.
Metsä Group continuously seeks to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. Our customers and other stakeholders are increasingly interested in our products’ environmental impacts.
Metsä Group and its companies have third-party environmental certification, and our products have environmental labels. This makes it easier for consumers to make sustainable choices. We also prepare the following environmental product calculations:
Life cycle assessment (LCA)
Life cycle assessments provide us with information about the environmental impact of products, from procuring raw materials to delivering products to customers. We use LCA information in environmental product declarations.
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD®)
An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD®) is verified by a third party and based on a life cycle assessment and other information in accordance with the international ISO 14025 standard. Metsä Board published its first EPD in 2012, for Simcote folding boxboard. Metsä Wood has prepared EPDs for its Kerto® wood products and its plywood products.
Carbon footprint describes the climate impact of a product
Our carbon footprint calculations are based on product-specific life cycle calculations. We consider the effect on climate warming of the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions generated during production. The carbon footprint is presented as a CO2 equivalent.
Paper Profile – environmental product declarations for paper and paperboard products
Paper Profile is a standardised environmental product declaration developed by leading European paper manufacturers. It makes comparing the environmental performance of paper and paperboard products easier for customers. In addition to product composition, it provides information about emissions into the air and water generated during production. Metsä Board also publishes more detailed information about the wood raw materials used in products. It has published Paper Profile descriptions for all of its paper and paperboard products since 2001. These descriptions can be downloaded from
Metsä Board website.
Environmental labels help consumers
Environmental labels provide consumers with information about the environmental impact of products. We participate in developing criteria for issuing environmental labels. The EU Ecolabel, the Nordic Ecolabel and other environmental labels prove that Metsä Tissue’s tissue papers, cooking papers, as well as Metsä Board’s office papers, are sustainably produced. SAGA cooking papers have been issued the Nordic Ecolabel, also known as the Swan label. It helps consumers choose an environmentally friendly way to prepare their food. Common criteria for environmental labels have not yet been developed for packaging products.