Södra’s ambitious plans for transport turning value chain green
Södra aims to make its value chain the most sustainable in the world. As the last episode of Södra’s “The Journey” series about producing the world’s most sustainable pulp shows, there is more to sustainability than the materials a product is made from or how it is processed: Many different aspects of the whole chain need to be considered, including transport.
Here, Södra has ambitious, market-leading targets to minimise the carbon footprint of all our operations. That’s why the final episode of the Journey series looks at transport and logistics and Södra’s ambitious plans. Did you know:
- All transport across all operations is intended to be fossil-fuel free by 2030 (a first in the industry)
- In 2020, Södra will start up the world’s first biomethanol plant at their pulp mill in Mönsterås (which will have close to zero carbon impact)
- As one of the biggest diesel buyers within Sweden, Södra began pushing for alternatives to fossil fuels 10 years ago.
- It now has a network of filling stations across its operations which are all fossil-fuel free (biodiesel).
- Södra’s SunPine joint venture produces diesel from tall oil (a residue from the pulp process)
- The Silva Green Fuel joint venture (Norway), in which Södra is involved, is pioneering a technology to produce biodiesel from forest residues
“By turning the whole value chain green,” explains Henrik Brodin, Strategic Business Development Manager, “we create value for our customers and their customers. The job is far from done but we take small steps every day, pushing others in our supply chain to come on board, including both rail and shipping companies.
“Sea freight remains a challenge but our new biomethanol and the new fuels being pioneered by SunPine and Silva will be suitable for ships. We are creating both demand and supply with this strategy. Watch this space to see how much further we can minimise our impact on the environment, and the value this will bring – for us, our customers and society as a whole.”
Södra recently reported that its positive impact on climate change has been confirmed. This has been possible thanks to the combination of a renewable raw material base managed to the highest standards by Södra’s members, investment in clean technology and digital tools across our operations, ambitious targets to become free of fossil fuels across all operations, including transport, investment in liquid biofuels, timber-building systems and recycling textiles in our pulp production.
Can we make the world’s most sustainable pulp? We think we can.