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 in 2020


  • 1.6% reduction in specific contact water, missing our 2020 target of 5%
  • Significant reduction in specific waste to landfill (25.4% compared to 2015) and specific COD emission (18.4% compared to 2015)
  • 13.7% reduction of specific NOx emissions


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 Improve water quality, halve the proportion of untreated waste water and increase recycling and safe reuse
  • Target 6.4 Increase water-use efficiency, ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of fresh water and reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
  • Target 6.5 Implement integrated water resources management


  •  Target 8.4 Improve global resource efficiency and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation


  • Target 9.4 Upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable


  • Target 12.2 Achieve sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
  • Target 12.4 Achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes through their life cycle
  • Target 12.5 Reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse