Sustainability / Pulp and paper making: decarbonisation, efficient use of resources and safety


The pursuit of the greatest environmental and economic efficiency throughout the entire pulp and paper making process is the goal of the circular bioindustry of pulp and paper. And the keys to such an industrial strategy lie in optimising the use of raw materials and water, as well as in the management of process waste and energy efficiency and decarbonisation.

Computerisation, automation and robotization of processes, with a focus on environmental, quality and innovation aspects, are factors that define work in the paper sector, carried out by a qualified, stable workforce with a low turnover. Safety and continuous training are a priority of human capital management in the sector.

Within the process of decarbonisation that the paper industry is immersed in both in Spain and in the rest of Europe, the fuel mix, cogeneration and energy efficiency are key factors to achieve the goal of 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050.

Currently 33% of the fuel used in the sector is biomass or biogas, compared to 23% just five years ago. And practically the rest of the fuel used is natural gas (66%). The paper industry produces most of the energy consumed by its mills in cogeneration plants located next to its pulp and paper making facilities and which have an aggregate installed power capacity of 1,086 MW.

Employment in the circular bioindustry of pulp and paper is characterised by its stability and low turnover. Currently 89% of the workforce are employees with permanent contracts, while 11% are temporary jobs. One in three employees (31.4%) has been with the company for more than 20 years, and three out of five (61.6%) have more than 10 years’ seniority.


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Sustainability Report 2021 

 Update 2022 Sustainability Report (Spanish only)