(UPM, Helsinki, 14 November 2012 at 15:00 EET) – UPM Shotton paper mill in north Wales has triumphed at the annual PPI Awards held in Brussels. The Award for Environmental Strategy of the Year for a Mill was given in recognition for UPM Shotton going the extra mile and implementing innovative environmental solutions.
The judges commented: “The importance of environmental issues keeps growing in the pulp and paper industry and this can be clearly seen in the entries we received. The judges felt the winner was a great example of resource efficiency combined with pragmatic strategic planning – securing valuable supply chains for the mill and adding value to the other waste fractions at the same time.”
The judges were looking for a showcase mill that takes all the elements of responsibility into consideration, from sourcing of raw material, minimising impacts, and water energy and resource efficiency.
“Resource scarcity will be a key future issue for everybody and one reason why UPM has focused on material and resource effectiveness – creating more with less is almost a mantra for the company's operations. We have developed innovative ways to reduce our own waste and reuse waste in new products, leading to highly sustainable use of resources. And one of the best examples of the company's thinking and resource effectiveness is the zero waste strategy at Shotton Paper Mill”, says John Sanderson, Director of Environmental Market Support, UPM.
UPM’s Biofore vision and consistent work on corporate responsibility has recently gained recognition from different parties. UPM was listed as the only forestry and paper company worldwide in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, and also recognized as the ‘Most Innovative Company’ at the 2012 Ethical Corporation Awards. In the Nordic Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, UPM was ranked in shared first place with top scores. UPM is one of seven paper producers to receive an award from the WWF in the category of ‘Transparency’ during the 2012 WWF Environmental Paper Awards.
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Organized by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, the PPI Awards program honors leadership, vision, innovation and strategic accomplishments within the pulp and paper industry. The PPI Awards are the only global awards dedicated to recognizing the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector.
For more information about the awards, please go to PPI Awards’ web site.
UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 23,000 people and it has production plants in 17 countries. UPM's annual sales exceed EUR 10 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm.com