Sappi Southern Africa
Sustainability Report

HELPING TO COMBAT GLOBAL WARMING

Sustainably managed forests and plantations store carbon.

ENERGY RECOVERY


ABSORPTION OF CO2

Trees absorb CO2 during photosynthesis and release oxygen.


CARBON STORAGE

Carbon in stored in paper, board and dissolving wood pulp products.


PULP AND PAPER MILL

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Through photosynthesis, trees and other plants use water and sunlight to convert CO2 into carbohydrates to provide energy and the building blocks for plant growth. The process releases oxygen as a byproduct. The CO2 removed from the atmosphere is converted and stored in plant material and wood. In other words, sustainably management forests and plantations can act as carbon sinks. Harvesting is not equal to deforestation; it is an important part of the cycle of growth, materials manufacture and regrowth.

SO HOW DO CONSUMERS KNOW WHICH PLANTATIONS ARE SUSTAINABLY MANAGED?

Forest certification gives the consumer the assurance that the products they are buying have been legally produced in sustainably managed forests and plantations, and that they meet stringent environmental, social and economic criteria.

In South Africa, we use the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEF™). This is important, because it assures end users that our woodfibre is sourced from sustainably managed plantations and not from the deforestation of forests - according to the Rainforest Alliance, deforestation causes about 10% of worldwide GHG emissions.