Our economic, environmental and social impact

Sustainability key figures

There is growing global demand for clean technology in the wood products industry. One of the focus areas is climate emissions from raw materials such as wood. This global trend supports our long-term business, as we deliver resource-efficient solutions that enable a smarter use of renewable wood materials.  Our deliveries and our main development projects contribute positively to the value creation for our stakeholders.

Our economic impact

 

 

Environmental impact of wood products

Most of the products manufactured with Raute’s machinery are recyclable and have a long life. Wood products that store carbon have a positive climate impact. Increasing the use of sustainably produced wood in construction, logistics and furniture, for example, is an effective way to reduce emissions.

The volume of wood-based panel products manufactured with Raute’s solutions during the last quarter of the century has a significant positive environmental impact, a carbon handprint. This volume stores close to 3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide captured by tree growth each year. Mills delivered by Raute have helped  to reduce the carbon dioxide volume worth the emissions of 800 000 passenger cars annually.

Our carbon footprint

Our goal is to actively reduce the environmental impacts and risks of our own activities. We systematically measure our carbon footprint, i.e. the amount of carbon dioxide emissions associated with our own activities. This measurement includes our own manufacturing, heating and transportation.

In 2020, we succeeded in improving our energy-efficiency by 6% (0.4 kWh) per working hour and reducing our Scope 1-2 CO2 emissions by 23% (543 tonnes). Our daily water consumption per employee fell by 1% (0.6 liters) and the amount of mixed waste decreased by 36% (11.6 tonnes) compared to previous year.

-6% Energy efficiency
6,5 kWh/working hour
3-year average: -5%

-36% Mixed waste
11.6 tonnes
3-year average: -24%

-1% Water consumption
40.4 liters/person/workday
3-year average: -7%

-23% COemissions
15.9 tonnes/MEUR
3-year average: -1%

On top of that, our travel volume has dropped by over 70% in 2020. We have also further accelerated the digitalization of our operating models and customer service processes. 

We have the ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment) certifications for our headquarters and factory at Lahti, Finland. In our environmental management program, we focus on the management of chemical safety and reduction the volume of waste, among others. In 2020, the execution rate for measures concerning environmental matters was 93 percent. 

Our social impact

The cornerstones of our social impact are occupational safety and the right working methods, whether at our own units or at our customers’ mills. We ended 2020 with number 7.9 on the LTIF scale, which means there were no more than 10 absences  resulting from occupational accidents lasting at least one day for every million working hours. Our occupational safety program has also reached significant milestones, including our two locations in North America achieving a total of 666 days without lost time accidents in 2020.

Solar energy plant

Solar energy is a renewable, emission-free energy source. Raute’s factory in Lahti is equipped with a 180 kWp solar power plant. On a sunny day, it can produce about 30% of our average daily electricity consumption. With a lifecycle of at least 25 years, the power plant helps us to further decrease our carbon footprint.

No lost time accidents in Canada

Raute Canada Ltd. closed the year 2020 with no lost time accidents. This achievement was the result of systematic occupational safety work including e.g. near miss analysis, daily safety moments and online training for all employees.