The Portucel Soporcel Group is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and will become Europe's leading manufacturer of Uncoated Woodfree Paper after the start-up of Setubal mill's new paper machine in 2009. The Group owns the Portuguese paper brand Navigator - the world's best selling premium office paper - and the leading offset paper brand used by European sheet fed printers: Soporset. Other paper brands owned by the Company are Pioneer, Discovery, Explorer, Inacopia, Inaset and Target. The Portucel Soporcel Group employs more than 2000 people directly, manages 120 thousand hectares of forest and boasts the largest number of trees planted in Portugal. A partnership has been established with WWF for biodiversity management. Every year more than 8 million trees are grown in its nurseries for forestation. The Group manages the majority of the entire Portuguese area of certified forest; storing an amount of carbon that is equivalent to the CO2 emissions generated by 1,5 million car journeys around the world. The Company uses biomass as its main energy source, thus avoiding the use of fossil fuels, and is currently the largest Portuguese producer of biomass-based green energy.
Uncoated woodfree paper (Office paper and Graphic paper)
In 2007, Forest certification (FSC-FM) was concluded for company's own managed forests, and the company achieved the PEFC-FM in 2009. Mills only use certified and controlled wood. Premium on price is paid for certified wood. More than 3.5 Million euros spent annually in fire prevention and fire fighting. All mills are chain of custody certified (FSC and PEFC), as well as ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001and ISO 9001. Since year 2000, gPS has invested more than 278 million euros in environmental projects on its industrial sites. As a result of this investment: - 45% reduction in water consumption by tonne of product manufactured (2000-2008). - 59% reduction in CO2 total fossil emissions from its mills (2000-2008). - Decrease of other atmospheric and liquid effluent emissions with current results under European Best Available Techniques and Best References limits. - Improved waste management with 63% reduction of mill's process waste to landfill (2000-2008). In 2008, process waste valorisation = 84%. - In 2008 gPS produced 74% of its electrical power consumption needs (% of self-sufficiency) and has increased the use of renewable energy for that purpose: In 2008, 92% of the electrical power produced was coming from biomass .
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