Feb 16, 2017

Smurfit Kappa reaches a new milestone in promoting the use of sustainable forests

Nell Walker
2 min
Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa has announced that it has achieved 90 percent chain of custody certific...

Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa has announced that it has achieved 90 percent chain of custody certification by FSC, PEFC or SFI for the packaging it sells to customers, which serves to confirm the long-standing commitment to sustainability Smurfit Kappa is known for.

This certification is an important element in providing end-to-end transparency across the supply chain, plus assurance of the sustainability of all raw materials used. Smurfit Kappa is also dedicated to helping customers meet their own environmental targets.

Certification of its products according to FSC, PEFC or SFI is the most robust and trustworthy way to ensure that the sourcing of the fibres for its paper-based packaging promote sustainable forest management, which inspires other companies to do the same.

Steve Stoffer, Group VP Development at Smurfit Kappa, said: “At Smurfit Kappa we understand the important of sustainability in everything we do, and see it as our responsibility to ensure the products we supply to our customers meet the highest chain of custody standards. We are delighted to have achieved this target and take great pride in contributing to better management of the world’s forests and a more sustainable future.”

Smurfit Kappa implements strict sourcing, monitoring, and risk management practices across its worldwide operations to achieve its goals, including:

  • Certification of the plantations and forests that the company owns and manages by FSC or PEFC forest management schemes.
  • Applying a third party certified FSC, PEFC and/or SFI Chain or Custody system across over 300 sites.
  • Applying a stringent sourcing policy for its virgin and recovered fibres.
  • Maintaining full transparency and traceability for complete fibre flow through the plantations and forests the company owns and manages, and through its network of trusted and certified suppliers.


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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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