Advancing low-carbon innovation in the forest fibre and paper industry

From forest fibre technology to advanced paper design, the forest fibre and paper industry is a leader of the low-carbon circular bioeconomy transition. Our products add value to European society at large, as they are renewable, recyclable, bio-based, innovative and Made in Europe.

REINVEST 2050 is a commitment of the forest fibre and paper industry to demonstrate how the industry is actively taking responsibility in reducing its carbon emissions, as well as playing a leading role in providing bio-based alternatives to more carbon-intensive products.


Our success stories

By improving energy efficiency and switching to renewable energy sources as a main tool to reduce our carbon emissions, our industry contributes to meeting climate change and energy goals. Discover the innovative case studies carried out over the past two years!

Reshaping the forest-based bioeconomy through innovation

Project description In May 2018, Metsä Group established an innovation company, Metsä Spring Ltd. Its mission is to identify and…

CO2 reduction and energy efficiency at Zellstoff Pöls AG

Project description: From 2011 to 2018, Zellstoff Pöls AG has undertaken comprehensive measures to reduce emissions of fossil CO2 and…

Solar success for UPM Shotton

Project Description: A new solar park, covering 220 acres, was constructed by British Solar Renewables in conjunction with WeLink Group,…

Replacing fossils in plastics – UPM Biofuels enters the bioplastics market with new partners

Project Description: This project shows how wood-based raw materials can be used to replace fossil materials in packaging. In addition…

Stora Enso’s Energy Hunters

Project description As an energy-intensive business, Stora Enso also has the potential to realise energy savings that reduce both CO2

Getting more out of each tree – How LineoTM by Stora Enso helps the EU reach its circular bioeconomy goals

Project Description: Lignin is a complex organic polymer that makes up as much as one third of every tree, but…

Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Award

Project Description: To promote ethical and responsible management of the supply chain, the Group presents the “Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Award“…

A Fossil-free Södra

Project Description Södra launched a project in 2017 that will make us fossil-free in production by 2020, and in all…

Integration of steam systems between paper machines

Project description Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier runs three paper machines to produce recycled paper for corrugated packaging: two large machines…

Smurfit Kappa Future Energy Project at Nettingsdorf Paper Mill

Project Description Established in 1851, the Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf Paper Mill kicked off its ‘Future Energy Project’, which involved investing…

Carbon capture and storage through the use of lodgepole pine

Project description In the early 1970s, SCA introduced the lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta), a North American tree species, into its…

The expanded Östrand pulp mill: Boosting the production of renewable energy

Project Description In 2016-2018, SCA invested SEK 7.8 billion in its Östrand kraft pulp mill. The mill will increase production…

Tork PaperCircle® – A one of a kind recycling service

Project Description Essity, Europe’s largest supplier of hand towels, is committed to contributing to a circular society, and has developed…

Grow Your Income

Project Description Iggesund Paperboard, part of the Holmen forest industry group, invested £108 million in a biomass CPH plant at…

Improving efficiency of the evaporation process to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the Kwidzyn mill

Project Description Modernisation of the evaporator plant at International Paper’s Kwidzyn mill in Poland began in 2015 and was completed…

CupCycling™ – turning coffee cups into beautiful paper

Project Description An estimated 2.5 billion paper cups are used in the UK annually, and the nation’s love of takeaway…

Revelation II project – our energy saving initiative

Project Description Our industrial activity is the production and processing of paper, which is a high consumer of energy and…

Developing OnePly: The Greenest Tissue Paper in the World

Project Description The OnePly® project has been executed within the framework of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. The aim…

Towards closed chemical cycles: Recycling sulphuric acid

Project Description Metsä Group’s next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland uses several state-of-the-art technologies to contribute to the circular economy….

Decarbonisation by investing in the modernisation of Mondi´s Štětí mill

Project Description Over the past 10 years Mondi Group has invested more than €1 billion in modernising its operations. These…

Biomass Saica Paper France

Project Description The project consists of the installation of a biomass steam generator which will provide the mill with thermal…

Heated water pipeline: partnership with Volvo

Stora Enso and Volvo Cars constructed a 4-kilometer hot water pipeline between their manufacturing sites. The pipeline transports hot water heated using renewable energy from Stora Enso’s paper mill to the Volvo plant, where it is used to heat buildings and paint booths.

Powering its own production through a bioheating plant

Kerto LVL’s utilises its side streams to extract the highest value: parts of sawdust and wood chips are used as raw materials in pulp production and the rest, such as bark and other smaller fractions, in producing renewable energy for running the mill.

Bark: a mill by-product replacing fossil fuels

The project consists of two parts: it enables a high amount of bark to be fired in the lime kiln while lowering the energy demand of the lime kiln by increasing heat transfer. The overall goal is to increase the use of internal fuels, thereby eliminating fossil fuels.

BioVerno: a wood-based renewable diesel

UPM Biofuels developed a production process to transform a wood-based residue of its pulp production into a unique, high-quality renewable diesel that can be used in any of today’s diesel engines – car, bus, truck or boat – without modification.

Using recovered heat for the district heating network

In 2013 paper company SCA and energy company Sundsvall Energi AB joined forces to increase delivery of hot water from SCA to Sundsvall Energi based on renewable energy, thereby reducing consumption of heating oil and emissions of carbon dioxide.

Reaping the benefits of solar: photovoltaic power plant

As part of its corporate energy programme, the Navigator Company invested in a solar photovoltaic power plant reducing its dependence on fossil fuels. This solar plant covers 13,000 square metres and supplies some of the electricity needed to power the 500,000 t/y mill.

Waste heat recovery for heating demineralised water

The project led to a reduced steam consumption in the papermaking process by using heat from the digesters to heat demineralised water that was then used in the mill processes. It increased efficiency of steam and power generation, reducing fossil fuel consumption.

Reducing gas consumption through steam harmonization

The project was born out of this company’s commitment to reducing emissions witha series of interventions in the production department, and above all the recovery of fumes from the gas turbine to feed the air system hoods.

Transforming sludge into carbon neutral fuel

For hygiene paper company Essity the Circular Economy is a strategic priority. This project is about a sustainable and cost efficient outlet for our deinking sludge with no negative impact on local communities.


The Revelation project is about transforming the energy efficiency and environmental impact of a mill site in three areas of improvement: optimisation of natural gas combustion; optimisation of the vacuum generation system and recovery and re-use of waste heat.

Blue Circle: a model of decarbonisation

This joint venture aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; reduce fossil energy consumption by replacing gas with process residues; increase the share of renewable energy and eliminate 12,000 tons of landfill waste per year.

Optimising energy balance and operational flexibility

In this mill, CO2 emissions per tonne significantly decreased thanks to improvements in energy balance, resource efficiency and operational flexibility . The biomass-based surplus heat and electricity increased, replacing fossil fuels in this integrated mill.

New generation bioproduct mill

This bioproduct mill will eventually not emit any fossil CO2 emissions. This first-of-its-kind mill only uses wood-based biofuels, generated mainly from its production side streams. The mill is an important producer of renewable energy for the community as well.

Utilising biomass in electricity production

This project is all about about carbon reduction through the use of biomass as a source of electricity production, increasing the share of green energy in the network while addressing imbalances caused by the rise of solar- and wind-generated power.

To our Roots & Beyond:

Reducing emissions for the 2050 society

Reinvest 2050 brochure To our roots and beyond