Metsä Group joins Ellen Mac Arthur foundation’s circular economy network

Metsä Group press release 20 June 2022 at 11 am.
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Metsä Group has joined the world's leading circular economy network by signing its membership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The network brings together business, innovators, universities, and thought leaders to build and scale a circular economy.

‘In building a more circular society, collaboration is key. By joining the network we can learn insights and best practices from others and share our own experience on wood-based circularity. We are looking forward to active cross-sectoral interaction’, says Maija Pohjakallio, VP for Climate and Circular Economy at Metsä Group.

This new collaboration is in line with Metsä’s strategic goal of the development of a fossil free circular economy. The full use of production side streams, fossil-free mills and a 25% increase in the efficiency of process water are examples of Metsä’s strategic 2030 sustainability targets. The foundation of all Metsä’s operations is that nature is respected: the wood raw material originates from sustainably managed northern forests and is used smartly. Industrial synergies are created within the Group and together with partners. For example, Metsä operates a bioproduct mill based on an ecosystem concept and has carried out collaborative projects in which wooden Kerto® LVL elements are used in building demountable houses.

The UK-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Since its creation the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government, and academia, globally. A circular economy tackles some of our biggest global challenges like climate change and biodiversity loss by eliminating waste and pollution, circulating products and materials (at their highest value), and regenerating natural systems.

‘The circular economy is not just about recycling and improved waste management, instead the key is to optimize the flows of materials, energy and data as well as value creation from the entire system’s perspective. To ensure system-level change it is crucial to reinforce the collaboration and dialogue between different stakeholder groups ’, Pohjakallio concludes.


For further information, please contact:
Maija Pohjakallio; VP, Climate and Circular Economy,


Metsä Group

Metsä Group is leading the way in advancing the bioeconomy. We invest in growth, bioproduct development and a fossil free future. The raw material for our products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. We focus on the growth sectors of the forest industry: wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards, as well as tissue and greaseproof papers.

Metsä Group’s annual sales amount to approximately EUR 6 billion, and we have around 9,500 employees in 30 countries. Our international Group has its roots in the Finnish forests: our parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative which is owned by nearly 100,000 forest owners. 

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