Climate change

The climate crisis is one of the greatest threats facing society. Despite international action, emissions continue to rise, impacting biodiversity, ecosystem services and economic development and amplifying risks for communities. In 2019, our science-based greenhouse gas reduction (GHG) targets to address the climate crisis were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

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  • The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights that climate change will amplify existing risks and create new risks for natural and human systems
  • Stabilising temperature increase to well below 2°C will require drastic action far beyond business as usual
  • Businesses must play a key role in reducing emissions and mitigating the climate crisis–stakeholders expect it
  • Investors are demanding climate-related financial disclosures to understand organisations’ climate-related risks


  • The climate crisis affects our operations and supply chain through its impact on water, weather, carbon regulation and taxation, and energy availability and affordability
  • Our forests may be impacted by more frequent droughts, forest fires, pests and diseases
  • We are committed to playing our part and reducing emissions to meet our science-based targets
  • Increasing our energy self-sufficiency improves profitability and energy security


Our commitments to 2025 and 2050

  • Reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 34% per tonne of saleable production by 2025 and 72% per tonne of saleable production by 2050, from a 2014 baseline
  • Reduce Scope 2 GHG emissions 39% per MWh by 2025 and 86% per MWh by 2050, from a 2014 baseline

Our performance

  • 15.5% reduction of specific Scope 1 and 2 CO2e emissions against the 2014 baseline

  • 6.1% reduction of specific Scope 2 CO2e emissions per MWh against the 2014 baseline


In focus New science-based GHG targets approved

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)1 assessed and approved our Scope 1 and Scope 2 science-based target submissions against the Call to Action’s eligibility criteria. The first target covers total Scope 1 and 2 emissions of our pulp and paper mills (92% of the Group´s total Scope 1 and 2 emissions) and aligns with the Pulp and Paper sector reduction pathway under a 2°C scenario within the Sectoral Decarbonisation Approach.

The second target covers 100% of the Group´s total Scope 2 emissions (including converting operations) and aligns with a 2°C scenario within the Absolute Contraction Approach.2

Target 1: Reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 34% per tonne of saleable production by 2025 and by 72% per tonne of saleable production by 2050 from a 2014 base year.

Target 2: Reduce Scope 2 GHG emissions by 39% per MWh by 2025 and by 86% per MWh by 2050 from a 2014 base year.

Together, the two targets cover more than 95% of Mondi´s total Scope 1 and 2 emissions.3

The boundary of our targets includes biogenic emissions and removals from bioenergy feedstocks.


2) The Absolute Contraction Approach is one of 3 available science-based target setting methods. A summary of science-based target setting methods can be found here:
3) We excluded about 4% of Mondi´s total GHG emissions from our science-based targets. This includes Scope 1 emissions from our converting operations and other emissions such as mobile transportation, waste related GHG emissions, ozone depleting substances

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  • Target 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
  • Target 7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
  • Target 7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
  • Target 7.a By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology



  • Target 8.2 Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value-added and labour-intensive sectors
  • Target 8.4 Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10‑Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with developed countries taking the lead


  • Target 9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities SDG 13 Climate action



  • Target 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • Target 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • Target 13.3 Improve education, awarenessraising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning