Industry-specific reference documents are developed by the European IPPC Bureau. The document for the pulp and paper industry has been updated, and the conclusions were published by the EU Commission in September 2014.
The BAT conclusions are now the reference for setting permit conditions for installations covered by the EU’s Industrial Emissions Directive. The implementation period is four years. UPM is benchmarking its production lines against the BAT values annually.
Systematic reporting and follow-up of environmental deviations, including reporting of environmental observations, are in active use at all UPM mills. Company-wide Clean Run guidelines for producing reports according to five defined categories have been implemented. The five categories range from 1 (minor) to 5 (serious). Together with improved information sharing, Clean Run audits have helped to identify development issues and related best practices.
Temporary deviations from permit limits are immediately reported to authorities and corrective measures taken to prevent similar situations from occurring again.
UPM provides comprehensive environmental information that has been assured by third parties from corporate level right through to the mills and individual products. Eco-labelled products, product declarations and certified operations are used to inform the company’s stakeholders about sustainability, transparency and risk management.
To support the company’s strong focus on stakeholder engagement and sustainable development further, UPM is committed to the principles of inclusivity, materiality and responsiveness, as defined in the AA1000 AccountAbility Principles Standard (2008).