2012-12-13 10:49:15 -
Norske Skog and the environmental foundation Bellona have signed a partnership
agreement to create a more environmentally-friendly supply chain. During the
last 20 years, Norske Skog has made significant investments to rationalise
energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For many years, the
company has received recognition from the international Carbon Disclosure
Project (CDP) for social responsibility through its reporting of greenhouse gas
emissions and targets for emission reductions.
The collaboration aims to reduce the environmental impact of current production,
utilising logs in a better way and finding the right commercial environmental
solutions for production of bio-energy and bio-waste.
- Paper is environmentally friendly. It is based on a renewable resource, and
paper is recycled to a large extent. Bark and other waste products are used for
bio-energy. We want a partnership
to examine possibilities for creating better
commercial environmental solutions than we have today. A concrete example of the
cooperation is that we hope to find good and environmentally friendly uses of
ash that occurs as a by-product at Norske Skog's mills in Skogn and Halden, says
President and CEO in Norske Skog, Sven Ombudstvedt.
Bellona acknowledges that environmental organisations can not drive forward
environmental solutions on their own. Therefore, the environmental foundation
has had a cooperation programme with industrial companies since 1998. The reason
for this is that Bellona would like to team up with the players in the industry
who take the environment seriously, so that we can develop tomorrow's
environmental solutions together. To realise these environmental ambitions,
great emphasis is placed on the long term. This partnership agreement gives the
parties room to develop shared visions and strengthen each other's expertise. In
addition, the company will contribute an agreed annual amount to Bellona.
- For a long time, we have been working intensively in Norske Skog to drive in
an even more environmentally friendly manner, and we have defined and quantified
targets for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve these, we need to use
energy more efficiently. For example, we are investing in a new and more energy
efficient pulp plant at Norske Skog Saugbrugs in Halden. Furthermore, we see
that we must do even more in the future, and we have great expectations for our
cooperation with Bellona, says Ombudstvedt.
- Industry must take responsibility for environmental and climate-related
matters. Bellona's vision is that we have a sustainable land-based industry in
Norway. Together, Norske Skog and Bellona can find and implement solutions that
are in line with our vision and simultaneously provide a viable industry, said
Frederic Hauge, technical manager at the Bellona Foundation.
- We need manufacturing jobs, and the industry produces goods we depend on. At
the same time, all manufacturing operations lead to increased use of energy and
emissions to our environment. The goal must be to reduce these drawbacks as much
as possible, and we in Bellona wish to contribute to Norske Skog being a pioneer
in this area, says Frederic Hauge.
Oxenøen/Oslo, 13 December 2012
Norske Skog Bellona Foundation
Corporate communication and corporate affairs
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Norske Skog: Bellona:
Vice President Communication and Corporate Manager Institutional Relations
Affairs Thore André Krystad
Carsten Dybevig Mob: +47 911 72 555
Mob: +47 917 63 117
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