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The most climate-friendly paper in the world?

We take environmental responsibility. Here are some of our carbon calculations, so you can see how we came up with our figures. No matter how you work it out, the result will be the same – our premium papers show some of the best environmental results in Europe. If you are serious about your environmental profile, choose a premium paper from Lessebo Bruk.

Our environmental calculations are no secret

No matter how you calculate, our figures stand out. Feel free to challenge us if you want us to estimate using the model of your choice.


Lessebo Bruk Carbon Footprint 

Clearly paper production in isolation has a positive carbon footprint. Our own internal investments in clean energy and state of the art air scrubbing and biological cleaning plant mean that this footprint is genuinely very light. 

At Lessebo Bruk, the heating is carbon dioxide neutral – it uses bio-fuel from our own production.

By including in our calculations the carbon that is bound into the wood fibre in paper throughout its life cycle and in the growing biomass we prove that Lessebo Bruk leaves a uniquely low carbon footprint. A little conservatively we term ourselves a “Carbon Neutral Company”. The absolute truth is that we leave a negative footprint. 

Lessebo Bruk – Carbon Footprint details

In giving details of its carbon footprint, Lessebo Bruk is guided by the “ten-toed” model developed by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI). The ten toes (elements) in CEPI’s calculation framework analyse a product’s carbon footprint throughout its life cycle. 

The forest industries in Sweden recommend the framework for other products made of wood. For more information about CEPI, see

Lessebo Bruk has elected to give details in respect of eight of CEPI’s ten toes. This is because toes 8 and 9 relate to emissions in connection with using a product until it has served its purpose. They are consequently outside Lessebo Bruk’s sphere of influence. In toes 1 – 7, Lessebo Bruk details the various processes that give rise to carbon emission or uptake. Lessebo Bruk devotes toe 10 to detailing aspects that are positive for the climate and are a direct consequence of our operations. Some of these benefits can be difficult to quantify. Half the pulp used in Lessebo Bruk’s paper is bought externally but is detailed along with Lessebo Bruk’s own figures.


Lessebo Bruk’s 8 toes

Toe 1: Carbon uptake in growing forests

As forests grow, carbon is bound in the wood fibres.

Here, Lessebo Bruk has calculated the area of forested land needed to cover our raw material requirements. The net growth (difference between growth and logging) on this land provides the basis for how much carbon is bound per hectare per year.

Discussion of carbon emissions and uptake in forest land continues, but is presently outside the scope of the calculation.

Toe 2: Carbon in paper

Here, Lessebo Bruk has calculated the amount of carbon bound in a tonne of paper. Being 84 % wood fibre, one tonne of paper binds 420 kg of carbon.

Toe 3: CO2 emissions in connection with paper production

Fossil carbon emissions are detailed here. The details include data on carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels in connection with the production of pulp.

Toe 4: CO2 emissions in connection with forestry

Lessebo Bruk here calculates carbon dioxide emissions in connection with thinning and final felling. Regard being given to the type of cutting (i.e. thinning, clearing or final felling), the values are calculated as an average consumption of diesel per produced m3.

Toe 5: CO2 emissions in connection with the manufacture of other inputs

The goal in CEPI’s framework is the capture of 90 % of the carbon dioxide emissions. Because they are considered to be as low as < 0.01, the values for Lessebo Bruk’s emissions, in respect of other input to production, have initially been omitted from the calculation. Nonetheless, calculation of this percentage is under way.

Toe 6: CO2 emissions in connection with the production of electricity and heat

Heat used by Lessebo Bruk comes from own-manufactured biofuel and as such is, in relation to CO2, a zero-sum game. Therefore, this calculation takes into account emissions specifically in connection with electricity used by Lessebo Bruk. The pulp used in Lessebo Bruk’s production comes mainly from pulp mills that sell electricity to communities and thus obtain remuneration for marginal electricity production.

Toe 7: CO2 emissions in connection with transport of raw materials and internal transport

Transport from forests (via sawmills) to Lessebo Bruk and all internal transport up to Lessebo Bruk’s gates are taken into account here.

Toe 10:

• Paper is largely produced from sawmill by-products that require no extra energy in working up for use at the pulp-paper mill.

• The products produced by the sawmills are predominantly used as construction materials that replace other materials such as steel and concrete, which are responsible for larger CO2 emissions and are much less sustainable.

• Sawmills and paper production facilities both draw their heat from the use of biofuels. These are also by-products from internal production. As regards CO2, the burning of biofuels is a zero-sum game.

• When wood products and paper products come to the end of their service lives, they are increasingly used as biofuel (and thus replace fossil fuels).

• Forests that are cropped in cycle fix more carbon dioxide than mature forests left alone. Forest harvesting is a direct consequence of the need created by the forest products and paper industries.

• The raw materials in all of Lessebo Bruk’s products come from sustainably managed forests.

• Paper is recycled 4 – 5 times before the wood fibres are considered to be beyond use. This extends the time in which carbon is bound in the wood fibre. In Sweden it is calculated that 70 % of paper is recycled. The percentage is sadly less in most other countries.

Annual net growth of our swedish forests
Number of trees replanted for each one felled
Homes supplied with district heating by Lessebo Mill
Ranks among the most climate-friendly when it comes to carbon emissions.