Constrained resources and environmental impacts

The way our society uses and discards raw materials has led to resource scarcity, pollution, biodiversity loss, degradation of land and water and a climate crisis. Using raw materials and energy efficiently is fundamental to being a sustainable business, ensuring we manage our adverse impacts and maximise our opportunities.

Why is this important to our stakeholders? +
Why is this important to Mondi? +
Our commitments & performance +
Developing a Group Water Stewardship Assessment Methodology +
  • Economic activity depends on services provided by nature, estimated to be worth around US$125 trillion a year
  • Business must play a key role in reversing environmental degradation and developing sustainable business models
  • As population increase drives competition for natural resources, companies must use them fairly and efficiently


  • Our business is resource intensive and we impact on water, air and land
  • Water is vital to our supply chain and production processes, and we operate in regions with high water-related risks
  • Stricter regulation is driving investment in environmental abatement technologies
  • Environmental incidents pose a risk to people, the environment and our reputation and they come with financial liabilities


Our commitments

Against a 2015 baseline we’ll reduce:

  • Specific contact water consumption from our pulp and paper mills by 5%
  • Specific waste to landfill by 7.5%

  • Specific NOx emissions from our pulp and paper mills by 7.5%
  • Specific effluent load to the environment (measure COD) by 5%

Our performance


  • 1.9% reduction of specific contact water consumption against the 2015 baseline
  • 3.0% decrease of specific waste to landfill against the 2015 baseline
  • 12.6% reduction reduction of specific NOx emissions against the 2015 baseline
  • 7.9% increase of specific effluent load against the 2015 baseline


In focus Developing a Group Water Stewardship Assessment Methodology

We are working with WWF to develop a new methodology for conducting water stewardship assessments across our mills at the water catchment level. The methodology is informed by the Alliance for Water Stewardship standard and considers the exposure of each mill to water-related risks using WWF’s Water Risk Tool.1
We have assessed the physical, regulatory and reputational risks for each mill, along with the potential risks they pose to the surrounding water basin. As a result, we have defined four categories of water stewardship, based on the AWS Standard V2.0.2 These categories can be applied to our mills and any forestry and converting operations that are considered significant water users by way of a graduated approach to implementing water stewardship actions.

“Mondi’s efforts on water stewardship offer a leading example for the pulp and paper sector to follow towards achieving SDG 6 (Clean Water & Sanitation).”
Alexis Morgan, WWF’s Global Water Stewardship Lead

1) WWF water risk tool:
2) The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) developed a voluntary sustainability standard called the International Water Stewardship Standard (AWS Standard). It is the only globally-recognised ISEAL-compliant water stewardship standard system. (

Related case studies

Responsibly treating our contact water
Lead 2030 Initiative: Contributing to SDG12 

  • Target 6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimising release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated waste water and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
  • Target 6.4 By 2030, substantially increase wateruse efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of fresh water to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
  • Target 6.5 By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
  •  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
  • Target 12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
  • Target 12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimise their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
  • Target 12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse