Sustainable development and combatting global warming via partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society
In November 2016, Stora Enso and Volvo Cars opened a 4 km pipeline between their manufacturing sites in Gent, Belgium. The pipeline takes hot water heated using renewable energy from Stora Enso’s paper mill to the Volvo plant, where it is used to heat buildings and paint booths. While the mill is constantly seeking opportunities to improve its efficiency, this partnership is unique involving companies from different sectors and value chains. The project was supported with an ecology subsidy of €2 million by the Flemish Government.
Long-term sustainable development and combatting global warming requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. Innovative business partnerships like this can be a powerful source of advocacy, setting the course for a carbon neutral economy and unlocking potential green growth. Stora Enso has committed to reducing the company’s use of fossil fuels to as close to zero as is technically and commercially feasible over the next 10 years. The cooperation with Volvo Cars is a good example of the collaborative efforts Stora Enso is making to achieve its targets. The Volvo Car Group has an ambition to be among the leaders in climate neutral operations and energy efficiency, and this project takes the company a significant step closer to its goal – reducing its European-wide CO2 emissions by 24%.GO BACK TO GOOD PRACTICES