Metsä Board makes the CDP A list again in both sustainable water management and climate action
Metsä Board has been recognized as a global leader in two programmes by CDP, the international not-for-profit organization advocating sustainable economies through a global disclosure system. This is the third consecutive year Metsä Board was rewarded a position on the CDP Water A list, and the second year on the CDP Climate A list.
Once again, Metsä Board is delighted to receive recognition for its long-term commitment to sustainability from this globally acknowledged organization. CDP has a distinguished position as a neutral organization in the environmental sphere, and many of Metsä Board’s brand-owner customers also participate in its programmes.
Crean un sistema satelital de alerta y respuesta temprana contra incendios forestales
En Argentina se queman, en promedio, 400.000 hectáreas por año como consecuencia de incendios forestales, según datos del Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable de la Nación. Una superficie equivalente a siete ciudades de Córdoba (Argentina).
De agosto a octubre, las condiciones meteorológicas favorecen la acumulación de biomasa seca. Por esa razón, el riesgo de incendios es muy alto durante esos meses.
Frente a esta problemática y a requerimiento del Sistema de Parques Nacionales, investigadores del Instituto de Altos Estudios Espaciales "Mario Gulich" (Conae-UNC), desarrollaron distintas herramientas informáticas para prevenir y colaborar en el control de incendios, mediante el uso de imágenes satelitales.
UPM Financial Statements Release 2017
Excellent finish to the record-strong year 2017
Q4 2017 highlights
Comparable EBIT increased by 29% to EUR 366 million (283 million in Q4 2016).
Sales prices and delivery growth boosted earnings, outstripping the impact of higher input costs and unfavourable currencies.
Strong operating cash flow at EUR 407 million (405 million).
Net debt decreased to EUR 174 million (1,131 million).
UPM and the Government of Uruguay signed an agreement on local prerequisites for a possible new pulp mill.
UPM announced the next step towards entering a new sustainable biochemicals business.
UPM announced a new growth project at the UPM Chudovo plywood mill in Russia.
UPM closed graphic paper capacity in the US and announced plans to optimise operations in Germany.
UPM Kymi pulp mill expansion and the UPM Raflatac expansion in Poland were completed.
China became interested in Responsible Fibre
Values have changed and sustainability demands have increased in China, which is also evident in the copy paper market. Consumers used to choose products on the grounds of price and quality, but now they are also interested in responsible fibre.
China’s modernisation was once characterised by fast growth at the expense of environmental considerations. Times have changed, and topics such as sustainability are now high on the agenda not just in corporate boardrooms, but in companies and government agencies across China.
The change is also evident in the copy paper market. The sustainable fibre used in paper production has become an increasingly important factor, whereas earlier clients and consumers have mostly paid attention to the price and quality of products.
FPInnovations and Resolute announce investment in pilot project
FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products recently announced a significant investment in the implementation of a TMP-Bio pilot project in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The pilot project will focus on developing new ways to efficiently produce and commercialize innovative bio-chemicals derived from wood, contributing to the development of a bio-economy in Northern Ontario, as well as elsewhere in Canada.
The $21 million project is part of an initiative to renew and transform the forest products industry, building on investments made in 2012 by Resolute, the Ontario Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE), and Natural Resources Canada. This investment covers cost of capital and R&D and has the support of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), CRIBE, FedNor, the City of Thunder Bay CEDC and Natural Resources Canada.
El cambio climático está poniendo en riesgo todos los beneficios que aportan las abejas
El aumento de las temperaturas y las escasas precipitaciones están obstaculizando la alimentación de las abejasLas abejas son esenciales para la conservación de los ecosistemas. El número de polinizadores está disminuyendo en todo el mundo por diversas causas y el cambio climático está agravando esta situación, poniendo en riesgo todos los beneficios que aportan.
Una prueba de ello es que el 70% de los cultivos agrícolas necesitan la polinización para ser efectivos, según datos del Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente (Mapama).