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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Reduction of process water discharges

Stora Enso Oyj (
Private sector

    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.

    Expected Impact

    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.

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    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


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    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


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    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

    Name Description
    During 2022 Stora Enso committed to a new water target to reduce specific process water discharges per saleable tonne (m3 / tonne) by 17% by 2030 from the 2019 baseline year.
    Staff / Technical expertise
    Stora Enso’s industrial units are required to comply with the new Water Management Requirements, which have been established to standardise water improvement work across all divisions and to achieve integrated water, energy, and cost savings.
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    Action Network
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    01 January 2023 (start date)
    01 January 2030 (date of completion)
    Stora Enso Oyj
    1. Europe
    2. Asia and Pacific
    Other beneficiaries

    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.

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    Contact Information

    Kenneth, Head of Environmental Affairs