Control of products carbon footprint is the base of new climatic strategy of Arkhangelsk PPM

23.01.2017

 “Arkhangelsk PPM”, JSC is the first of the Russian mills that calculated the carbon intensity (carbon footprint) of the finished products and services, produced by it, as per standard GOST R 56276-2014/ISO/TS 14067:2013 “Greenhouse gases. Carbon footprint of products. Requirements and guidelines for quantification and communication”. In addition to the above, the greenhouse gas emissions from the APPM’s site, emissions from the mill’s suppliers (up the supply chain), related to extraction, production and delivery of raw material to APPM, materials, fuel and energy were taken into account.  
Emissions from the mill’s customers (down the supply chain) as well as collection and processing of the production after its usage (recycling) were not taken into account. 
According to Mr.Mikhail Ulkin, a manager of international consulting company CCGS which was doing works for APPM, the major focus was on  fuel and power resources (coil, heavy oil, diesel oil, etc.), wood raw (pulpwood, chip), chemicals (limestone, sodium sulfate, soda, etc.) and other resources with high carbon intensity,  that account together more than 95% indirect greenhouse gas emissions from APPM operation.  In total, 28 different types of resources were taken into account. The estimates of "input" carbon intensity (were calculated from the actual data of suppliers and other available initial data) were gotten for each resource.
Then the emissions from the use of resources (both external and internal, produced at the mill) were measured in each of the technological processes, including power generation, wastewater treatment and waste disposal, and the material and energy balances were made for each process. In total, 36 technological processes were analyzed, resulting in 64 types of intermediate and 23 types of finished products. In addition to above, not less than 98% of the plant's emissions were covered, which corresponds to the best world practice.
At the last stage, a mathematical model was developed that makes it possible to clearly determine the carbon intensity of all types of intermediate and finished products produced at the mill, taking into account the processing chain of movement and processing of resources and emissions related with this. The model is based on the approach proposed by V. Leontiev, the Nobel Laureate in Economics, to determine the total costs of production. As a result, the reliable (proper) estimates of the carbon intensity of all types of products produced at APPM were obtained, which is an achievement and a huge step forward in the development of the carbon management corporate system in itself. Moreover, a technique was developed and tested during the work that can be successfully used to determine the carbon footprint of products in a wide variety of industries.
Having a new and effective tool, from 2017 - the Year of Ecology in Russia - APPM plans to track GHG emissions through the supply chain and control the carbon intensity of products, and also through the creation of engagement mechanisms with suppliers.
The mill will ask suppliers for information on the carbon intensity of the supplied products, as well as it will find ways to reduce specific emissions together with them. Initially, this will affect the main suppliers of wood raw materials, and in the future - all major suppliers of raw materials and chemicals.
The targets and actions to reduce the carbon intensity of products will also reflect in the new strategy of low-carbon development until 2025 (2030), which APPM also plans to develop in 2017. The data on the carbon intensity of the products will be provided to interested customers, investors and others upon the request, and, in time, the mill plans to include verified data on carbon intensity in its annual corporate reports.
"Due to climate changes, the carbon intensity of products is not only an indicator of the company's environmental responsibility, but also it is an important factor of its sustainability and competitiveness on the market," - said Mr. Dmitry Zyliov, CEO of Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill - The special attention will be paid on the reduction of the carbon intensity of products in a new climate strategy of the plant, which we are going to develop this year. We intend to take under control all main factors that determine the carbon footprint of our products, including greenhouse gas emissions through the supply chain."

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