The United Nations Department has classified Arkhangelsk PPM's environmental program as one of the world's best practices to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs, https://sdgs.un.org/partnerships/low-carbon-development-strategy-arkhangelsk-pulp-paper-mill ).
In 2015, the UN General Assembly established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as “a blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all”. The final document of the General Assembly "Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" contains 17 global goals and 169 corresponding tasks.
As the result of CDP reporting campaign in 2019, Arkhangelsk Pulp & Paper Mill got the highest rating “A” among Russian companies. At the same time, the plant is in the list of 18 CDP of the world's leading pulp and paper companies with climate rating “A”
A year earlier, the low – carbon development strategy of Arkhangelsk Pulp & Paper Mill for the period up to 2030 was approved, according to which the company makes a voluntary commitment to reduce total direct and energy indirect GHG emissions by 55% compared to 1990-up to 1.4 million tons of CO2e per year. Other indirect emissions in the framework of the strategy by 2030, it is necessary to reduce by 20% compared to 2015 to 370,000 tons of CO2e per year. The strategy is based on the experience of reducing greenhouse gas emissions since 1990.
The UN outlined several actions of APPM, which helped to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: commissioning of a new high-pressure multi-fuel boiler, which uses biomass waste as fuel, commissioning of five Flottweg decanters for dewatering a mixture of sewage sludge and excess activated sludge, commissioning of a new semi-chemical pulp cooking plant with the introduction of modern technologies and the installation of highly efficient gas treatment equipment. These actions led to a reduction in the consumption of forest resources, a reduction in the energy intensity of products, a reduction in water consumption, as well as reduction in emissions and discharges of pollutants.
According to 2019 data, the sum of direct and energy indirect greenhouse gas emissions Arkhangelsk Pulp & Paper Mill (including all subsidiaries and their branches) amounted to 1 845 785 t СО2e. The amount of emissions: 1 257 636 t СО2e, or 40.5% less than in the 1990 baseline and 16,1% less than the company's voluntary limit on greenhouse gas emissions for the period up to 2020 of 2 200 000 t СО2e per year.
“Favorable conditions can be mentioned for the transition of the Russian Federation to the best available technology, international standards, and rules of control and verification of greenhouse gas emissions, - noted in the UN’s report. - Actions, aimed at reducing the energy intensity of production, efficiency of using all types of fuel when generating energy from its own energy sources, and replacing fossil fuels with less carbon-intensive fuel, are implemented at the Arkhangelsk PPM.
According to the UN study, the company has created and operates an integrated management system, which includes: Quality management system in accordance with ISO 9001: 2015; Environmental management systems in accordance with ISO 14001: 2015; Safety workplace and health management systems ISO 45001: 2018.
“The experience of the Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill can be used as “the best practice” to support the implementation of the Performance Management Center” - concluded the UN Department.