Operational excellence

In Our material issues within a global context we referred to the environmental challenges our societies are facing today and how business can play a role in helping to address some of these. Climate change, water and material consumption were discussed as well as the impact that industry has on these issues.


  • €431 million committed to green energy related projects between 2011 and 2016
  • 30% reduction of specific CO2e emissions against 2004
  • 20% reduction of specific energy consumption against 2004
  • 61% of fuel consumption of mills from renewable energy
  • 100% of our mills and forestry operations undergone water impact assessments
  • 66% of our converting operations OHSAS 18001 certified
  • 39% reduction of total reduced sulphur (TRS) emissions against 2010
  • 9% reduction of chemical oxygen demand (COD) emissions against 2010
  • 7% reduction of landfilled waste against 2010


In this section, we explore the environmental issues linked to our manufacturing operations and report our performance in respect of energy and climate change, water use and emissions, air emissions and waste.

The European Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Bureau’s* summary of some of the main environmental issues linked to the production of pulp and paper is reflected here and our performance in each area is reported accordingly.

*The IPPC Bureau is an expert team organised by the European Union, which produces reference documents on best available techniques (BREFs).

Fuel and energy use, carbon emissions and climate change

Given that energy generation significantly contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, our climate change programme is mainly focused on more efficient use of energy and increasing our use of renewable energy.  

Water use and emissions

Water is a critical resource for the paper industry, required during different stages in the production process, from growing wood to processing pulp into the final product. We are a significant user of water and are committed to managing it wisely and responsibly.  

Emissions to air

One of our focus areas is total reduced sulphur (TRS) compounds from kraft pulp mills. While the scale of concentrations emitted does not pose a health concern, tracked amounts are enough to create an odour nuisance, giving rise to public complaints.  

Solid waste

Mondi’s process waste is carefully monitored. Our main waste streams are green liquor, boiler ash, lime mud, waste-paper rejects and sludge. We recycle, re-use or use our waste as a secondary fuel for energy generation.