Water has a crucial role in our business from sustainable forestry through to production. We use a broad array of solutions for managing the impact of forestry on water resources. Our main harvesting solution is to leave untouched buffer zones along water courses and aquatic habitats.
We minimise runoff by utilising the vegetation’s own ability to absorb water and, where needed, we add any necessary buffering constructions. We follow separate guidelines for groundwater areas, which include restrictions on fertilising and ditching.
Our plantations in Uruguay are established in areas where sufficient water supply is available. We do not establish plantations in water stressed regions. Our impacts on water resources are constantly monitored at selected measurement points.
During the pulp production process, water is used, for example, in several washing stages in between the different process steps. High washing efficiency with a low amount of added fresh water is essential during production. Only a small portion of the water used in our production leaves the process and has to be replaced with fresh water. It is treated in mechanical and biological effluent treatment plants before being released into watercourses. Emission levels in the wastewater are regularly monitored and reviewed, both internally and by relevant authorities.
Water not only has a crucial role in our pulp production - it also plays a critical role in sustainable forestry. We use a broad array of solutions for managing the impact of forestry on water resources and our plantations in Uruguay are established in areas where sufficient water supply is available.