Taking action on
Mondi is taking action on climate change to protect the future of our planet. For us, that starts with reducing our products’ carbon footprint. We’re transitioning to low carbon energy and using our leading role in forestry management to help tackle the climate crisis.
Despite warnings of catastrophic impacts if the global temperature rises more than 1.5°C, emissions around the world continue to increase.(1) Our customers and their stakeholders – citizens and consumers – are concerned about the consequences of climate change. We are committed to reducing emissions and managing climate impacts in our supply chain.
We support the transition to a low-carbon economy. In 2019, our science-based greenhouse gas GHG reduction targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The two targets together cover more than 95% of Mondi's total Scope 1 and 2 emissions.(2)
Our science-based targets to 2025 and 2050
Target 1: Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions reduction
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.
This target covers total Scope 1 and 2 emissions of our pulp and paper mills and aligns with the pulp and paper sector reduction pathway under a 2°C scenario within the Sectoral Decarbonisation Approach.
Target 2: Scope 2 GHG emissions reduction
Reduce Scope 2 GHG emissions by 39% per MWh by 2025 and by 86% per MWh by 2050 from a 2014 base year.
This covers the Group’s total Scope 2 emissions and aligns with a 2°C scenario within the Absolute Contraction Approach.
We are exploring a science-based GHG reduction target for our Scope 3 emissions, which takes into account the GHG emissions in our value chain. Mondi has also committed to support the global transition to a low-carbon economy by positively influencing the sector and policy makers through responsible engagement on climate policy. Read more on the We Mean Business website.
Progress as of 2020
We reduced Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 9.6% per tonne of saleable production in 2020. Since 2015, we have invested around €500 million in low carbon technologies and energy efficiency measures across our mills’ energy plants and manufacturing operations.
This has enabled us to reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG-specific emissions by 23.6% compared with our 2014 baseline. We have increased the proportion of renewable energy in our own energy generation to 67% since 2014 (from 59.3%) and our electricity self-sufficiency has grown from 95.4% to 103.8%.
We reduced our Scope 2 emissions per MWh by 1.8% since 2019 and 6.1% since 2014 by purchasing electricity with a lower carbon intensity.
Increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions
We combine strategic energy-related investments at our pulp and paper mills with good management and best practice sharing. We invest in optimising energy and process efficiencies and replacing fossil fuel-based energy with renewable biomass sources.
We use internal biomass based byproducts from the pulp process as well as purchased fossil fuels and external biomass to generate most of our energy and electricity on-site in our energy plants. Energy and related input costs contribute significantly to the variable costs across our pulp and paper mills and converting operations.
Investments in energy efficiency at our plants and shifting our fuel mix towards renewable biomass offer the most significant potential for reducing our GHG emissions. We identify energy efficiency projects through our internal energy efficiency programme – DIANA. Projects are assessed against the investment required, potential financial, energy and CO2 savings and their contribution to energy security.
We have invested around €500 million in energy-related projects since 2015. We have also engaged with electricity providers to increase the share of renewable energy in our purchased electricity and reduce our Scope 2 emissions by lowering the CO2 factor per MWh purchased. In 2020, 5% of our purchased electricity was generated by renewables, while 67% of our mills' fuel consumption is from renewable, biomass-based sources.
As part of our MAP2030 commitment to take action on climate, we are exploring indirect GHG emissions across our value chain to set a science-based Scope 3 GHG emission reduction target.
(1) The Special Report on 1.5°C from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/
(2) The boundary of our targets includes biogenic emissions and removals from bioenergy feedstocks.