Taking Action on Climate
We are committed to protecting the environment we operate in to mitigate climate change and reduce our ecological footprint.
Protecting our environment
We acknowledge that as a business, we play a critical role in addressing climate change, setting targets and innovating to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and help drive the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Taking committed steps to reduce our CO2e emissions will help minimise our contribution to climate change and improve efficiency as we reduce our energy use and deliver value through sustainable products and solutions. Maintaining our ecosystems’ resilience is critical for climate change mitigation and achieving our climate goals.
Taking action on climate is an integral part of our Mondi Action Plan 2030 (MAP2030).
of fuels used in our pulp and paper mills are from renewable resources
of our fibre is responsibly sourced, with 75% FSC™ or PEFC certified
of our mills and forestry operation have completed biodiversity assessments
2022 taking action on climate highlights
Our key climate topics
We are working to reduce our GHG emissions in line with a 1.5°C scenario.
Our approved science-based Net-Zero targets cover GHG emissions from our operations and supply chain (Scope 1, 2 and 3).
Sustainable working forests have a critical role in addressing the climate crisis and in securing long-term benefits for society and for landowners.
Our climate commitments, targets and performance
Reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with science-based Net-Zero targets
Reduce our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 46.2% by 2030 from a 2019 baseline
Reduce Scope 3 emissions by 27.5% by 2030 from a 2019 baseline
Reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 90% by 2050 from a 2019 baseline
In 2022, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) approved our Net-Zero targets, marking an important milestone in the Group’s climate action journey.
We achieved a reduction in absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 16.9% compared with our 2019 baseline, and 9.4% since the previous year. Since 2004, we have reduced our absolute GHG emissions by 3.0 million tonnes CO2e, which is a 43.5% reduction.
80% of fuels used in our pulp and paper mills were from renewable sources. We increased the purchase of electricity from renewables, reducing our Scope 2 emissions by 25.7% compared to 2021.
Our Scope 3 emissions were estimated to represent 46% of our total GHG emissions. We reduced our Scope 3 emissions by around 183,000 tonnes CO2e. This is a reduction of 5.1% against 2021 and a 12.6% reduction against the 2019 baseline.
Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions in total were reduced to 7.4 million tonnes in 2022, which is a 15% reduction compared with our 2019 baseline, and 7.4% since last year.
Maintain zero deforestation in our wood supply, sourcing from resilient forests
Maintain 100% FSC™ certification in our own forest landholdings
100% responsibly sourced fibre with 75% FSC or PEFC certified fibre procured by 2025 and the remainder meeting the FSC Controlled Wood Standard
Implement leading forestry measures to ensure productive and resilient forests
In South Africa, we maintained our FSCTM forest management certification for over 250,000 hectares of our landholdings and implemented PEFC certification.
100% of our fibre was responsibly sourced, with 75% FSCTM or PEFC certified and the remainder meeting the FSC Controlled Wood standard.
We engaged with scientists and other companies in our sector as part of the IUFRO-Mondi partnership to better understand climate change impacts and challenges for forests and the forest-based industry.
Together with other scientific partners, we also completed and presented the Forest Risk Map with a focus on Central and Eastern European coniferous forests.
Safeguard biodiversity and water resources in our operations and beyond
Conduct water stewardship assessments at our mills and forestry operations by 2025, and implement required actions to address the findings by 2030
Conduct biodiversity assessments at our mills and forest operations, introducing biodiversity action plans where necessary by 2025
We conducted assessments against our Group Water Stewardship Standard in Ružomberok (Slovakia), Štětí (Czech Republic) and Świecie (Poland) and developed action plans for water stewardship. To date, we have assessed 38% of our mills and forestry operations.
We conducted biodiversity assessments and developed action plans for three mills. As of year-end 2022, we have conducted biodiversity assessments at 46% of our mills and forestry operations.
We intensified our collaboration with local NGOs and scientific organisations. We began the next phase of our engagement with the National Biodiversity and Business Network of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to develop the biodiversity accounting principles for our forestry operations in South Africa.
Consolidated SD performance
Are you looking for more in-depth environmental data? Discover our Consolidated SD Performance Tables showing our key performance indicators in line with our sustainability framework MAP2030.
External recognition for our Sustainability practices
We have been recognised as a leader in sustainability practices by several external corporate ratings and indices, including CDP, MSCI ESG rating and EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility ratings.
Articles on our climate actions
Mondi’s science-based Net-Zero targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction validated by SBTiPress release15 Dec 2022
Enhancing climate change resilience through water flow trackingCase study20 Mar 20232 min
Working with suppliers to reduce transport emissionsCase study25 Mar 2022
Replacing coal with biomass to reduce emissions in South AfricaCase study25 Mar 20222 min
Endangered Wildlife Trust and Mondi partner to map biodiversity footprints in South African forestry operationsPress release15 May 20233 min