Resource scarcity and climate change

Aside from forestry products, the resources of highest significance to Asaleo Care’s manufacturing operations are air quality, energy and water.  We recognise the need to manage the use of these resources in a responsible manner across all our operations and employ strict policies and procedures to reduce the risk of water contamination from our sites.

Asaleo Care intends to enhance and broaden its understanding and contribution to the impacts of climate change on its business through 2019. The Company has commenced implementing the requirements of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure ("TCFD") with the aim of broadening its understanding climate-related risks and opportunities within the business through a TCFD project.

Asaleo Care began reporting on our energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions to air, fresh water use and discharges to water for all Company owned and operated sites in 2015. For the first time since then, more than a quarter of the energy we used was derived from renewable energy sources in New Zealand at a total of 26.4%.

We limit greenhouse gas emissions through the use of renewable energy and efficiency activities. In particular, our tissue manufacturing site at Kawerau, in New Zealand, directly utilises geothermal steam, a renewable energy source. Also, all our manufacturing and operational sites located in New Zealand take advantage of the country’s low-emissions electricity generation network. 

In 2018, geothermal steam use represented more than 15.6% of our total energy consumption.  Additionally, 10.8%[1] of our total energy consumption was sourced from electricity generated from renewable energy sources in New Zealand. 

In 2017, Asaleo Care set the benchmark for sustainable tissue manufacturing through the public release of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), for some of our Tork® and Purex® toilet tissue and hand towel products manufactured at Kawerau, New Zealand.  This involved a life cycle assessment of these products to identify sources of greater environmental stewardship, resource efficiency and potential financial benefits. The assessment highlighted efficiencies such as the high share of renewable energy of up to 78% embodied in the products. Impressively, this figure includes all energy used in the supply chain and manufacturing operations, all transport fuels and energy in waste treatment – in short, all energy through the full life of our products, from ‘cradle to grave’.

Read about the lifecycle of our Purex Products

We were proud to be recognised at the 2016 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards for our work to produce and release the first EPDs for tissue products in Australia and New Zealand.  When announcing the finalists, Rachel Brown, CEO of the Sustainable Business Network said, “These organisations and individuals are leading the transformation to a more sustainable New Zealand.”

Sustainability Chart

[1] New Zealand Energy Quarterly, January – September 2017 (MBIE: www.med.govt.nz), electricity from renewable energy sources equated to 81.9 % of total electricity generation.

[2] Direct fuel combustion from stationary and transport energy purposes. Excludes third-party logistics transport activities.

[3] Global Warming Potentials used for this report are sourced from the Australian National Greenhouse Accounts (NGA) Factors (August 2016), New Zealand Guidance for Voluntary Corporate Greenhouse Gas Reporting (December 2016), New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (effective from the 2013 reporting year) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) (2007). All documents are in alignment.

[4] Fresh water usage is reported for manufacturing sites only (i.e. Kawerau, Te Rapa, Box Hill, Springvale and Nakasi).

[5] BOD is reported for Asaleo Care’s Paper Mills only (i.e. Kawerau and Box Hill sites).