Climate change, resulting from anthropogenic factors, is currently one of the most pressing environmental problems and challenges of the modern world.
Looking after our planet and its resources is our primary concern. With this in mind, we are doing everything we can to optimise our processes, measure our environmental impact and implement proactive solutions.
In 2019, Velvet CARE developed a sustainable development strategy “Eco Agenda 2025 – Achieve more with less.” This project demonstrates the company’s commitment to the planet we all live on and is a milestone for the organisation in creating an environmentally-friendly landscape. The initiatives listed in the strategy are divided into three main pillars: product, organisation and inspiration.
A carbon footprint is the most vital and measurable aspect of corporate environmental activity. For this reason, measuring the carbon footprint has become one of our activities upon which we base our decisions.
Starting in 2016, Velvet CARE has been undertaking diverse initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The first key improvement was the equipping of the new paper machine with a gas boiler located near the steam distribution point, which reduced the amount of gas needed to produce steam. In 2018, the company commissioned another gas boiler room replacing the coal-fired boiler plant serving the “old” paper machine. Over the last year, we have also worked on increasing production efficiency, which resulted in a reduction in electricity consumption per tonne of tissue paper. These measures make it possible to limit greenhouse gas emissions by 70% within five years. There are also other plans to further reduce gas emissions, including a cogeneration project.
In 2019, Velvet CARE measured the carbon footprint for the entire organisation: which included the Production Plant in Klucze and the Commercial Office in Warsaw. The measured carbon footprint is the total sum of greenhouse gas emissions caused directly or indirectly by the entire organisation.
In compliance with the applicable standards, the organisation’s carbon footprint was measured in three ranges:
Stage 1: direct emissions from the combustion of fuels in stationary sources, mainly in gas boiler plants and LPG-fuelled forklift trucks
Stage 2: indirect emissions resulting from the consumption of imported electricity.
Stage 3: other indirect emissions from raw material supply, transport of raw materials, waste management, transport of products, and business trips.
the total amount of direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions of energy sources in terms of tissue paper production and processing combined for the period 2014–2025
As a company which is conscious of its impact and responsibilities, Velvet CARE uses only certified and renewable raw materials (forests must be renewable and managed responsibly).
In consequence, the company has been awarded the following certificates:
FSC® (C119667) and PEFC™ (PEFC/32-31-086).