CHINA – Paper and packaging paper and labels giant UPM has become one of the first companies and the Changshu site the first ever paper mill to receive the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) registration in China.
The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary environmental management system for companies and other organisations to improve, evaluate and report on their environmental performance on an annual basis.
The UPM EMAS statement comprises a corporate part and a mill-supplement part. The corporate report includes group-level information and core indicators on, for example, energy and material efficiency. The mill supplements complement the corporate report by providing local information such as environmental targets and achievements. All data is verified by a third party.
“Transparency and openness with stakeholders are an essential part of our corporate responsibility worldwide,” says Kim Poulsen, UPM Executive Vice President, Paper Business Group, Business Area Asia Pacific and Corporate Relations and Development.
“The EMAS registration and third-party verified reporting promote continuous improvement. The environmental impacts of pulp and paper production are known, and the industry is working on the whole life cycle to minimize the impacts further.”
Daniel Weiss from adelphi, a project partner in the SWITCH ASIA EMAS Global China project, said, “We’re very pleased that UPM has carried out the audit in China and are grateful that they have shared their valuable experience with us on how to implement EMAS Global in China. UPM truly is one of the frontrunners in this regard.”
EMAS Global China is a cooperation programme under the SWITCH-Asia grant, funded by the European Commission. The project aims to promote sustainable production patterns across China by introducing EMAS.
Altogether UPM’s corporate EMAS registration and the respective environmental statement cover a total of 20 pulp and paper mills in Europe, China and Uruguay.