The Producer Is Addressing the Pollution Originated by the Chemical Substances Used During the MMCF Production Process. It Has Joined a Credible Initiative That Advances Solutions on Chemical Management.
The producer is implementing, for all of its sites, pollution control technologies to limit their impact, developing an approach for the recovery of substances used or generated during the production of MMCF.
In the future, criteria will be built out by ZDHC to apply V2.0 of ZDHC MMCF Guidelines, including air emissions and responsible fibre production.
Key Improvements Required
- Accelerate the use of Next Generation Fibre Solutions in order to meet or exceed the aspirational targets outlined in the Vision: 50% by 2030.
- Prioritize the integration and sourcing of Next Generation Solution technologies and feedstocks for future expansion plans and new suppliers. At a minimum, continue to use Forest Mapper and complementary guidance documents such as the Dissolving Pulp Mill Classification to ensure no sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests.
- Where virgin fibres are used and they are not coming from key priority Ancient and Endangered Forests, procure higher volumes of FSC 100% certified inputs from sources that have achieved FSC Forest Management certification on the ground.
Areas where the company is showing leadership
Kelheim has shown leadership by increasing its score and maintaining its partially dark green shirt in 2022.
- Completed an audit and confirmed that its supply chain is low-risk.
- Increased its use of FSC certified fibre.
- Provided a letter to support conservation solutions in key priority Ancient and Endangered Forests in 2021 and 2022.
- Supported the call for protecting 30% of the world’s Ancient and Endangered Forests by 2030, in a letter from MMCF producers to countries that are party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
- Demonstrated awareness of the status of Ancient and Endangered Forests in the countries from which they source, and efforts to protect them.
Next Generation Solutions:
- Is actively pursuing a product line with Next Generation fibres, and has publicly committed to producing a commercial product in 2023.
Number of viscose, lyocell and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes
Kelheim owns one mill in Kelheim, Bavaria, Germany with a capacity of 90 000 tonnes.
They produce viscose fibres out of a variety of tree species, such as fir, maple, acacia, birch, eucalyptus, beech, spruce, and ash.