The forestry & paper sector is once again an example of a very resource intensive sector. As a result, the performance of all companies of this sector is below the EU15 benchmark and companies do not create Sustainable Value with their environmental resources. SCA is considered to be the best performer and Crown van Gelder the worst performing company of this sector. Overall, SCA is about 3.1 times more eco-efficient than Crown van Gelder. It can be assumed that the poor performance of Crown van Gelder is partly due to the fact that the company’s activities are focused on a paper mill while the other companies encompass activities in forestry.
It is well known that the pulp & paper industry is very water and energy intensive. This is also reflected by the results for this sector as can be seen in the following table. Energy related impacts such as CO2-emissions and water use contribute significantly to the poor performance of this sector. In the context of energy related impacts, it is worth noting that we did not take into account the CO2-emissions from burning wood as this is considered climate neutral.