Stora Enso’s board, pulp and paper sites contribute to over 99% of the Group’s total water withdrawal. In 2022, Stora Enso committed to a new water performance target
to reduce specific process water discharges per saleable tonne by 17% by 2030 from the 2019 baseline year. The target for decreasing trend for the total water withdrawal
remains, and extensive work involving workshops in the mills were executed during 2022 to identify water reduction actions.
Actions to drive performance
• All industrial units required to comply with new Water Management Requirements in order to standardise water improvements across industrial divisions
• Recycling of water within the sites, when possible, to reduce the need for water intake
• Minimising the use of process water, and cleaning using the best available technologies
Stora Enso invested a total of EUR 14 million in water-related improvements across all operations in 2022. The central energy and water efficiency fund specifically supported water-related investments of EUR 1.4 million at the Imatra, Ingerois and Skoghall sites. The investments are estimated to reduce the Group’s water discharges annually by 2.7 million m3 and total costs by EUR 1.4 million. In 2022, Stora Enso committed to a new water performance target
to reduce specific process water discharges per saleable tonne by 17% by 2030 from the 2019 baseline year.
SDGS & Targets
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services
By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water
By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated
Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality
Change in water-use efficiency over time
Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources
By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
Degree of integrated water resources management
Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation
Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time
Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan
Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management
SDG 14 targets covered
Deliverables & Timeline
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Water has a fundamental role in the biosphere regulating the amount of biomass and impacting the amount of carbon in the entire Earth system. Freshwater plays a central role in Stora Enso’s production processes and is a key component in forest growth. Stora Enso strives to reduce its impact on the sites’ water sources and aims to navigate within the science-based planetary boundary for freshwater change.