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. (worth 2 points)
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.
ZDHC Responsible Fibre Production Guidelines ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines (evaluated in 2020, worth 3 points) ZDHC Air Emissions Guidelines
Key Improvements Required
- The immediate next step for Yamei is to formalize agreement with the auditor to initiate the third-party audit to verify progress in implementing its Wood and Pulp Sourcing Policy as well as other elements of the CanopyStyle initiative.
- Prioritize the integration and sourcing of Next Generation Solution technologies and feedstocks for future expansion plans and new suppliers. At minimum, use ForestMapper and complementary guidance documents such as the advice note of Ancient and Endangered Forests and the Dissolving Pulp Classification to ensure that all current and any new suppliers are not sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests.
- Following auditing, Yamei will be expected to address any controversial sourcing issues that are identified and progress on remaining sustainability steps, such as supporting conservation solutions and driving the use of new alternative fibres.
- Trial, adopt, and scale up Next Generation Fibre Solutions in order to meet or exceed the aspirational targets outlined in the Vision: 20% by 2021, and 50% by 2030.
- 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
Despite continued dialogue with Canopy, the company is not yet moving forward with the audit and has not progressed in fulfilling its policy commitment made in 2016.
Number of viscose, lyocell and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes
Shandong Yamei has one viscose mill.
Total production capacity of 300 000 tonnes.
In 2020, due to Covid, production has dropped to 200 000 tonnes.
They produce man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) and nonwovens, mainly standard viscose fibres and rayon.
Shandong Yamei uses a diversity of tree species such as eucalyptus, spruce, pine, Hemlock, maple, birch, and others.