UPM calculates carbon footprint of its paper products

(UPM, Helsinki, 25 June 2008 at 14:15) – UPM has launched carbon footprint calculations for its paper products to assist its customers to estimate their own carbon footprint. Carbon footprint calculations are available for the customers as part of the Paper Profile.

The basis for UPM’s carbon footprint calculations are the ten elements of the Carbon Footprint Framework for Paper and Board Products developed by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).

The data used in UPM’s calculations is based on annual averages of specific paper machine lines. The figures refer to fossil CO2 emissions, which are the most important greenhouse gas emissions of paper industry.

“We want to provide our customers with data in a consistent form to assist them in estimating their own impact on the environment as accurately as possible. The Paper Profile includes essential information on different environmental parameters as well as product composition. The carbon footprint calculation attached to it widens the scope of the document further,” says Ms Päivi Rissanen, Environmental Manager.

For further information please contact:
Ms Päivi Rissanen, Environmental Manager, UPM, Environmental Affairs and CSR, tel. +358 204 162 252
Ms Natasha Rubanin-Hildén, Senior Environmental Analyst, UPM, Environmental Affairs and CSR, tel. +358 204 150 758

Notes to editors

CEPI’s Carbon Footprint Framework for Paper and Board Product was launched in November 2007. The elements included in the framework are:
– Carbon sequestration in forests
– Carbon in forest products
– Greenhouse gas emissions from forest product manufacturing facilities
– Greenhouse gas emissions associated with producing fibre
– Greenhouse gas emissions associated with producing other raw materials and fuels
– Greenhouse gas emissions associated with purchased electricity, steam and heat
– Transport-related greenhouse gas emissions
– Emissions associated with product use
– Emissions associated with product end-of-life
– Avoided emissions

For further information please see www.cepi.org

Paper Profile, the environmental product declaration for professional paper buyers enables the paper buyer to make well informed product choices, by presenting figures on essential environmental parameters in an uniformed way for specific products. It is a voluntary environmental product declaration scheme developed and provided by leading paper producers. www.paperprofile.com.