Environment policy

The mechanical wood industries in Moelven use raw material from sustainably managed forests only! Through our certified procurement practices we ensure raw material traceability and compliance with sustainable forestry principles.
Moelven’s responsibility extends to the past effects of our business on the soil, water, air and/or our surroundings from run-offs, heating, transportation to and from our plants, the deposition of bark, processing oils, glue, chemical processing for impregnation (storage, use and waste products) and activities which cause noise and dust.

Wood and wooden products are renewable building materials. Moelven`s wood based production units are located close to the raw material base.
The use of wood, based on sustainable forestry practices, is good for the climate and is enhancing an environment friendly development. Scandinavian softwood production is based on renewable energy sources, mainly in the form of bio-energy produced locally.
Through energy recovery (burning) at the end of the product life-cycle, at least three times as much energy is returned, compared to the total energy consumption throughout the life-cycle.

Moelven will:

Raw materials

  • maintain and further develop the systems and schemes for certified procurement, and maximize the use of raw material from environmentally certified forestry.
  • maximise the use of raw materials by production optimisation and the use of residual products.
  • Wood shall not be sourced from:               
    -Illegal harvesting
    -Forests where high conservation values are threatened
    -Harvests in violation with traditional and civil rights
    -Forests with genetically modified trees
    -Forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use

Transport

  • minimise negative effects on our surroundings (noise, dust) from heavy transport to and from our plants by using environment-classified goods vehicles: minimum EURO-4 and preferably EURO-5, and to use hauliers who strive to comply with environment-friendly operating rules to the maximum extent possible.  
  • minimise impact on the environment from transport through coordination and optimisation of the movement of goods to and from our plants.

Energy

  • minimise energy use at our plants in line with registrations and planned measures for the energy system.
  • derive a minimum of 95% of our heating needs for our premises and drying from bio-energy (timber products) we produce ourselves.
  • take an active part in the technological and market-related development of the bio-energy sector.

Chemicals, oils and glues

  • minimise impact on soil and water by using environment-friendly products to the highest degree possible. 
  • only processing them at designated sites with approved facilities or similar installations to reduce the consequences of leaks.


Watering and run-off

  • recycle waste water from timber stores as far as technically and practically possible.
  • install climate control for the sprinkler system in the timber stores.
  • take water from the sea and rivers and allow run-off to the surface with permission from the authorities.  


Emissions to the air

  • reduce emissions of substances such as NOx, SOx and CO2 to the air from our boilers in line with the results of registrations and measures for the relevant installation.
  • compile annual CO2 accounts to be presented in the annual report.


Noise and dust

  • implement measures to align noise and dust levels at plants with targets for each plant.


Refuse

  • sort and recycle refuse as far as technically possible and monitor amounts annually per ton of final product.
  • minimise the amount of refuse sent to approved dumping in line with the results from registrations and measures for our refuse system.

Dumps and landfill areas

  • ensure that any dumping of bark and other refuse is only done at approved dump sites. 
  • be able to prove that any dumps or landfill used by the company comply with relevant laws and regulations with regard to covering, control programs, run-off handling, plans for sealing and conversion.


Soil pollution

  • potentially polluted areas at sites are to be identified, investigated and restored as required in connection with re-use, rebuilding or closing-down. All objects classified by the authorities as potentially polluted shall be identified. A plan is to be drafted based on risk classification and existing information for investigation and clean-up measures if required. Funds are to be earmarked in budgets for future measures.


Know-how and communication

  • keep ourselves informed and updated of new know-how within the environmental field, and to adapt accordingly 
  • involve or train all our employees on the subject of the environment 
  • proactively and openly communicate with the authorities, stakeholder and industry organisations within environment and social development.