Reducing logistics emissions

We are working closely with logistics operators who helps us reduce the environmental impact of our transportation and ensures that our products remain clean during transportation and storage.

Minimizing environmental impact in logistics

Given that most of Metsä Fibre’s products are sold to customers outside Finland, transport distances are often long. The environmental impact of our logistics processes is minimised through careful route planning and by developing more efficient operating methods to reduce both costs and emissions. The transportation alternative that generates the least emissions is given priority, and this is why we favour sea and rail transport over road transport whenever possible.

For example, when planning the concept for mill-to-port transportation in the Kemi bioproduct mill and Rauma sawmill, we have paid specific attention to environmental impacts of the selected transportation mode. The finished products from these mills are transported to ports using vehicles powered by fossil-free fuels, with an emphasis on optimizing the size of the transport units.

Joint targets with suppliers

The emissions from our value chain (Scope 3) constitute the largest part of all our fossil greenhouse gas emissions. In our value chain, a significant part of the emissions is caused by the procurement of raw materials, the manufacture of process chemicals, and the upgrading and transport of the products we sell together with their handling at the end of their life-cycle. 

To reduce these emissions, we encourage our major suppliers to set emission reduction targets for themselves. We are also reducing them through emissions reduction targets jointly set by Metsä Group and its partner suppliers.

Our cooperation  

Metsä Group and technology supplier ANDRITZ have agreed to work together to reduce Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. Scope 3 emissions refer to emissions from the company’s value chain and purchases, such as emissions during the sourcing of production equipment and raw materials and the transportation and use of manufactured products. The goal of the multi-year cooperation is to increase the effectiveness of emission reductions and to find completely new ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Other practical examples include the agreement concluded with the Finnish railway company VR on reducing the carbon dioxide emissions of logistics in the supply chain, as well as the agreement with Kemira on the development of new fossil free products.
The joint target with Royal Wagenborg, a Dutch maritime logistics company, is to reduce products’ carbon dioxide emissions from marine transports by 30 per cent (per tonne per mile) from the 2021 level by 2030.