As part of its due diligence and as required by national legislative requirements in Uruguay, UPM conducted Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) for the new Paso de los Toros pulp mill and the associated plantation expansion, as well as the new pulp terminal in the port of Montevideo.
The impact assessment of the Central Railway project – owned and constructed by the State of Uruguay – was undertaken by the Government, as agreed in the 2017 Investment Treaty between UPM and the Government of Uruguay.
The environmental and social impact assessment for the UPM Paso de los Toros pulp mill, commissioned from independent third-party experts EIA-Estudio Ingeniería Ambiental (Uruguay) and Ecometrix (Canada), consists of descriptions of the planned pulp mill and the receiving environment, stakeholder engagement undertaken as part of the ESIA process, identification and assessment of potential environmental and social impacts as well as the proposed mitigation and management measures and conclusions.
The assessments have been approved by the relevant authorities and are publicly available on the website of the Ministry of Environment.
Key documents include the ESIA document (“Estudio de Impact Ambiental”) parts 1 and 2 and the associated annexes, and the ESIA Report Summary (“Informe Ambiental Resumen”).