Sustainability / The sustainable cycle
The pulp and paper sector formulates its vision of sustainability as the determined contribution of paper and the companies that make it to improving living standards and sustainable development by implementing of sustainable forest management, clean production processes and the continuous recycling of its products.
The paper cycle is both integrated and sustainable. Trees produce wood and thus fix carbon dioxide, which remains stored in paper. By recovering and recycling used paper-based products, the life of the cellulose fibres obtained from that wood is prolonged, which optimises the use made of this natural resource. Furthermore, biomass and manufacturing process wastes can be reused as raw materials or energy. In this way, the sustainable paper cycle, which starts from a renewal and natural source of raw material, namely the forest, is closed and balanced.
Based on the concept of the paper cycle, the sector's commitment to sustainability is driven by four priority lines of action: sustainable forest management, efficient and responsible production processing, leadership in recovery and recycling, and the generation of wealth and contribution to living standards.
The pulp and paper sector is an industry engaged to eco-efficiency that generated wealth from its unwavering commitment to sustainability. It is a sector with a clear vocation to play a fundamental role in the emerging bio-economy based on the efficient use of renewable and low carbon resources, the economy of the future. An industry that is a clear reference figure in the new model of industrial consumer production, the circular economy, the backbone of which involves turning waste into resources, a concept that forms part of paper's own genetics.
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