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. 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.
In 2017, UPM took the first steps to renew its reporting under the EMAS Scheme. Four of the company's mills completed their EMAS Environmental Performance reports with locally relevant information on societal aspects and impacts. The mills are UPM Changshu paper mill in China, UPM Nordland paper mill in Germany, UPM Kaukas paper and pulp mills in Finland and UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay. The company will decide on its future EMAS reporting approach based on the feedback gained from its various internal and external stakeholders and the EMAS organisation.All the pulp and paper mill specific EMAS reports and the updated corporate environmental statement for the year 2016 are published below.
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UPM is improving the way it communicates the social responsibility of its pulp and paper mills at the community level. Besides the usual environmental figures, the company is also including the societal impacts that its businesses are creating locally in the EMAS reports.