Since December 2018 our targets for CO2-reduction have been approved by Science Based Targets. Goals include absolute targets for energy, electricity, transport, raw materials, suppliers and waste.
Essity has also committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from purchased key raw materials, transport, waste generated in operations and end-of-life treatment of sold products by 18% by 2030 (2016) and reducing greenhouse gas emissions with 25% by 2030 (base year 2016) for energy use within the company and purchased electricity (scope 1 and 2).
About half the world’s wheat straw goes to waste today. To use this resource, Essity and Tork have invested in new technology to make tissue fibre from renewable wheat straw. Essity will construct a Sustainable alternative fibre facility at the Mannheim, Germany plant – expected to be operational in the second half of 2020. Pulp will be made from wheat straw sourced from local farmers. Wheat straw is leftover after the wheat is harvested. About half the world’s wheat straw is waste. The wheat straw pulp will be added to some consumer and Professional Hygiene products made in Mannheim.
This is a circular innovation that will improve the overall environmental impact of our products, as it is renewable and uses less water and energy.
Tork aims to deliver products that meet the demands of tissue product compostability. This is a circular solution available in the USA ensuring responsible end of life for a number of products in our range. Being compostable means that the product is capable of being broken down naturally by e.g. microorganisms in a way that is not harmful to the environment.