UPM has certified all of its European pulp and paper mills in accordance with the voluntary EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).
In 2012, UPM extended this to the Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay, which became the first non-European mill to be certified by EMAS. In 2013, UPM Changshu became the first paper mill in China to be awarded EMAS registration. On global scale, there are only two companies who have registered their mills outside Europe in the EMAS. UPM pulp and paper mills started with EMAS registration soon after the scheme was established in 1995, and have been persistent with registration ever since.
The UPM Corporate Environmental Statement together with the Environmental Performance reports of each mill of UPM comprise the global EMAS statement of UPM Corporate. Information within the corporate part concerning the sites as well as the information used for calculation of UPM Corporate level EMAS core indicators are assessed and verified by the respective national EMAS auditor. The final UPM Corporate level EMAS core indicators are verified by Inspecta Sertifiointi Oy, the coordinating auditor of the corporate registration. The corporate part is checked and updated annually.
The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance. EMAS is open to every type of organisation eager to improve its environmental performance. It spans all economic and service sectors and is applicable worldwide.