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Our employees from Jaguariúna supported a local orphanage in Brazilhttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/our-employees-from-jaguariuna-supported-a-local-orphanage-in-brazilOur employees from Jaguariúna supported a local orphanage in Brazil<p><em>​The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are the framework that governments, business and civil society use to drive the sustainability agenda. With those goals in mind, UPM Raflatac developed the Biofore Site™ concept and set responsibility targets for 2030 that aim to improve its environmental, social and economic performance. The aim is to build a site-specific roadmap that includes auditing, measuring and evaluating progress. The Biofore Site concept will facilitate growth of a strong sustainability culture and increase transparency.</em></p><p>Supporting local communities is a part of UPM Raflatac’s Biofore Site<em>™</em> concept.</p><p>The orphanage Lar Feliz in Jaguariúna, Brazil is a home to 45 children between the ages of 0 to 17. The orphanage has a long tradition and it is well-known in the local community, says <strong>David Silva</strong>, Production Planner at Jaguariúna Terminal, UPM Raflatac Brazil.</p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/orphanage%20570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 0px;" /><br><em>Our employees from Jaguariúna terminal in Brazil donated clothes, pants, t-shirts, shoes, blankets, milk, detergents, personal hygiene products and toys to the local orphanage Lar Feliz.</em></p><p>“I believe in expressing solidarity, for example with donations, to help the children feel our compassion and support. My family donates quite often to good causes and this time I thought it would be a good idea to involve my coworkers”, Silva explains. So along with his family, he organized a material donation among UPM Raflatac employees. </p><p>The materials for the children were collected for one week, and the donated clothes, pants, t-shirts, shoes, blankets, milk, detergents, personal hygiene products and toys were delivered to the orphanage.</p><h2>Positive actions generate positive energy</h2><p><strong>Henrique Campioni</strong>, Terminal Manager, UPM Raflatac Jaguariúna says it is important to create a better community and make the world a better place with positive actions.</p><p>“Especially caring for children by providing education, respect and love is important and it has long-lasting impact on the community. This is so simple an action that everybody can do, but sometimes we just wait for other people to do it for us. We believe that positive actions generate more positive actions, and we can make the difference.” </p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/bioforesite_logo.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p><em>UPM Raflatac aims to label a smarter future by improving the sustainability performance of its production sites through the Biofore Site<em>™ </em>concept. Our sustainability actions around the world clearly demonstrate that UPM Raflatac is the partner of choice for customers, end-users, suppliers and other stakeholders.</em></p><p>    </p><p>  </p>
Our team in Dixon, USA beats challenges in reducing landfill wastehttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/our-team-in-dixon-usa-beats-challenges-in-reducing-landfill-wasteOur team in Dixon, USA beats challenges in reducing landfill waste<p><em>​The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are the framework that governments, business and civil society use to drive the sustainability agenda. With those goals in mind, UPM Raflatac developed the Biofore Site™ concept and set responsibility targets for 2030 that aim to improve its environmental, social and economic performance. The aim is to build a site-specific roadmap that includes auditing, measuring and evaluating progress. The Biofore Site concept will facilitate growth of a strong sustainability culture and increase transparency.</em></p><p>One of the Biofore Site™ targets, as well as an UPM-level target, is for all production facilities to be landfill-free by 2030. Four UPM Raflatac facilities are already meeting the goal; the Changshu factory in China, the Nowa Wieś and Wrocław factories in Poland, and the Tampere factory in Finland. Our Nancy factory in France is virtually landfill free with only a tiny fraction of their waste stream still landfilled.</p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/Dixon%20landfill%20570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 0px;" /> <br><em>The Dixon factory team keeps their eyes open for new opportunities to avoid landfill. <strong>Rock MeKeel </strong>(on the right) and <strong>Mick Dolan </strong>(on the left) started collecting the single-use, slip-resistant rubber mats and sending them to the supplier’s facility for re-use.</em></p><p>Opportunities for going landfill free vary around the world. Landfilling is still the most common and cost-effective option, and in many cases the only option, to dispose of waste at many locations where UPM Raflatac operates. In these situations, creative and committed work is required to find solutions to reduce landfilling. Dixon is one of the locations facing the challenge.</p><h2>Significant reduction in less than a decade</h2><p>Finding suitable solutions and vendors for non-landfill waste management required the Dixon team to research, compare different options, and conduct a careful evaluation of the facility’s entire waste stream. Despite limited recycling options in the area, the Dixon team found vendors with workable solutions. Today cardboard, office paper, and plastic wrap are collected as a mixed stream that a waste vendor takes and sorts for re-processing. Another vendor accepts scrap metal for recycling. Trim and slabbed waste are taken by another vendor for incineration with energy recovery.</p><p>“As a result of cooperating with various vendors and being open to new options, the amount of waste landfilled from the Dixon facility has dropped 91% since 2009 and is the lowest relative landfill disposal rate, calculated in tonnes per Mm2 label stock produced, among the UPM Raflatac facilities that are not already landfill-free,” says <strong>Elizabeth Owens</strong>, Safety Coordinator, UPM Raflatac. With their landfill reduction efforts, the Dixon factory has also been able to reduce the size of their waste containers from 40 cubic yards picked up once per week to 8 cubic yards picked up twice per week. Future efforts will aim at reducing the frequency of the 8-yard container pickups.</p><h2>The Dixon team is open to new solutions</h2><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/Dixon%20300jpg.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:175px;height:233px;" />The Dixon team keeps their eyes open for new solutions to avoid landfilling. One example is collecting the single-use, slip-resistant rubber mats that arrive with every paper delivery. Dixon has teamed with a supplier to send these mats back to the supplier’s facility for re-use. Currently, roughly seven skids per month are shipped back, while Dixon reuses some mats for their own shipping needs.</p><p>“We encourage all facilities to regularly talk with waste vendors and suppliers to make sure we are aware of all waste management options besides landfilling – including recycling, reuse and energy recovery,” says <strong>Laura Cummings</strong>, Director, Health, Safety and Environment, UPM Raflatac.</p><p> </p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/Biofore%20Site%20logo_300.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:60px;" /></p><p><em>UPM Raflatac aims to label a smarter future by improving the sustainability performance of its production sites through the Biofore Site™ concept. Our sustainability actions around the world clearly demonstrate that UPM Raflatac is the partner of choice for customers, end-users, suppliers and other stakeholders.</em></p><p>    </p><p>   <br>  </p>
UPM Raflatac and the River Guardians of Polandhttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/upm-raflatac-and-the-river-guardians-of-polandUPM Raflatac and the River Guardians of Poland<p>Six years ago, UPM Raflatac started a partnership with WWF Poland on the Rivers of Life project. Its goal was to improve the state of Poland’s rivers, while raising awareness about the importance of these waterways in maintaining biodiversity. </p><p>“The project advocates leaving the rivers in their natural state so that nature can develop,” <strong>Mirosław Proppé</strong>, CEO, WWF Poland, explains.</p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/River%20Gurdians-%20WWF-570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /></p><p><em>In the picture from left to right: Przemysław Różycki, Mirosław Proppé and Krzysztof Minta.</em></p><p>In the past, regulating rivers was seen as necessary to prevent flooding or to meet human demands for a steady water supply. The environmental costs of such practices were not considered. Today, the prevailing view, consistent with sustainable development, is to balance the economic use of rivers with preserving the local ecosystem.</p><h2>Supporting our Biofore strategy </h2><p>Helping protect Poland’s river is a natural offshoot of UPM’s Biofore strategy.</p><p>“Caring for the environment is an integral part of our business,” affirms <strong>Krzysztof Minta</strong>, General Manager of the UPM Raflatac’s Biskupice Podgorne factory. “Our plants are located in the vicinity of the Odra river and water is essential to our label laminates’ production process.”</p><p>“Now, we want to aim higher and engage local communities in protecting the environment. The River Guardians programme is the perfect vehicle for that,” he said at a recent press conference hosted by UPM Raflatac and WWF Poland.</p><p>The River Guardians programme encourages ordinary citizens to become active stewards of the 150.000 km of rivers in Poland. <strong>Przemysław Różycki</strong>, Sales Director, UPM Raflatac Poland and the spark behind the initial cooperation with WWF, thinks the programme is a great way to inspire employees and customers to take action. </p><p>“Engaging as many people as possible is very important. We need a very large group of people to prevent further damage to rivers and to protect what has not yet been destroyed.”</p><p>For more information on the River Guardians programme (in Polish), visit <a href="https://straznicy.wwf.pl/o-projekcie/" target="_blank">https://straznicy.wwf.pl/o-projekcie/</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9gNocifvJE" target="_blank">Watch the video from the press conference here » </a></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9gNocifvJE" target="_blank"><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/river%20guardians.JPG" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /></a></p><p>        </p><p>    </p>
UPM Raflatac partners with EcoBlue Limited for expanding its RafCycle™ recycling solution to Thailandhttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/upm-raflatac-partners-with-ecoblue-limitedUPM Raflatac partners with EcoBlue Limited for expanding its RafCycle™ recycling solution to Thailand<p>UPM Raflatac, the global leader in sustainable pressure sensitive labeling solutions, is pleased to announce that its RafCycle<sup>TM</sup> recycling solution is now also available in Thailand. RafCycle services were launched in Bangkok on November 16, 2018 during an end-user event with an announcement of EcoBlue Limited being the first RafCycle partner in the area.</p><p>EcoBlue Limited gives a new life to PET label liner waste at its recycling facility in Rayong, Thailand, that would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated. The PET liner waste is collected from RafCycle partners and recycled into new materials providing numerous benefits to printers, packers, brand-owners, and, of course, the environment. Turning waste into a resource is a key concept in the circular economy and an important part of UPM Raflatac’s approach to labeling a smarter future beyond fossils.</p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/EcoBlue%20Limited_RafCycle_570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /><br>In the picture: Tanarrato Tanaka (left), Pranay Jain and Robert Taylor.</p><p>“The goal of 100% recyclable packaging set out by the consumer product companies requires us to find solutions for waste materials beyond PET bottles. Our CircuLiner Program intends to achieve this by providing a recycling solution for the PET liner waste. We are excited about partnering with an environmentally conscious organization like UPM Raflatac and hope to grow this program through RafCycle,” says <strong>Pranay Jain</strong>, Managing Director, EcoBlue Limited.</p><p>“We are delighted to be able to introduce RafCycle in Thailand in partnership with Ecoblue. Our local team of experts can offer our customers and brands a range of sustainable products and services that will deliver benefits in the local market and beyond,” says <strong>Tanarrato Tanaka</strong>, Country Manager, Thailand, UPM Raflatac.</p><p>“Labels are everywhere and an integral part of packaging. In expanding our RafCycle program to Thailand, we want to encourage brands to work with us to achieve their recycling targets and to make the plastics economy truly circular. Our ambition is to expand the RafCycle solution into other South East Asian markets in due course,” says <strong>Robert Taylor</strong>, Sustainability Director, UPM Raflatac.</p><p>UPM Raflatac recently signed up to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment among 250 organisations including many of the world’s largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and NGOs. One of UPM Raflatac’s commitments is to grow the RafCycle recycling programme to enable all end-users to return their label liners. The Global Commitment and its vision for a circular economy for plastic is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment.</p><p>For more information about UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle concept and to contact us about becoming a RafCycle partner, visit <a href="http://www.rafcycle.com/" target="_blank">www.RafCycle.com</a>.</p><p><a href="https://upm.emmi.fi/l/qJpNQBmD5sLt" target="_blank">Click here to download an image »</a></p><p><strong>For further information please contact:</strong><br>Tanarrato Tanaka, Country Manager, Thailand, UPM Raflatac, tel. +66819256093 <br>     </p><p>   </p>
FruitMasters: Gaining sustainability benefits of RAFNXT+ label innovation http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/fruitmasters-gaining-sustainability-benefits-of-rafnxt-label-innovationFruitMasters: Gaining sustainability benefits of RAFNXT+ label innovation <p>FruitMasters has found a sustainable labeling solution from UPM Raflatac’s RAFNXT+ label range.<br></p><p> <img src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/fruitmasters-570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /> <br> <em>RAFNXT+ labels use less paper, which means that less raw material is needed.</em></p><div style="text-align:center;"> </div><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>TAKEAWAYS</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>1. FruitMasters was able to improve the sustainability of their packaging materials with the RAFNXT+ range labels</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>2. The RAFNXT+ labeling solution enables FruitMasters to use sustainable raw materials without negative impacts on existing label production methods</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>3. <strong>Less waste and less CO2 emissions are some of the sustainability benefits FruitMasters has gained since switching to the RAFNXT+ labels</strong></strong></p><h3>A positive impact on sustainability without negative effects on production </h3><p>FruitMasters, a cooperative of fruit growers, is continuously exploring options to improve the sustainability of their packaging materials. The company decided to test RAFNXT+, a sustainable labeling solution, and was happy with the choice. </p><p>“This kind of material has no negative impact on existing label production methods and has a positive impact on sustainability,” <strong>Jochem Kuipers</strong>, the Purchasing Coordinator for packaging materials at FruitMasters, tells.</p><p>FruitMasters stores, grades and sells apples, pears, strawberries and other fruits for its some 400 growers. The growers are based primarily in the Netherlands.</p><p>“We also appreciate that the raw materials are from certified forests,” Kuipers adds. </p><p>RAFNXT+ labels are 20 % more carbon positive than the standard UPM Raflatac label. In addition, these labels are Forest Stewardship Council<sup>®</sup> (FSC<sup>®</sup>) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) certified, which means that the raw material is from FSC or PEFC certified and controlled sources.</p><p> <img src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/fruit%20storage-%20570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /> <br> <em>FruitMasters stores, grades and sells apples, pears, strawberries and other fruits for its some 400 growers.</em></p><h3>Reducing waste, CO2 emissions and energy consumption</h3><p>FruitMasters has found many benefits in using the RAFNXT+ labels. One of these is that RAFNXT+ labels use less paper, which means that less raw material is needed.</p><p>“Also, we can produce more labels per reel without enlarging it, which equates to savings in machinery use, less time needed in switching reels and less transport,” Kuipers says.</p><p>Because of decreased transport, there is less CO2 emissions. Additionally, RAFNXT+ labels make it possible to lower energy consumption.</p><p>Kuipers gives practical guidance to others interested in switching to RAFNXT+ labels: </p><p>“Test the material. Conduct an analysis of the whole chain and involve people from production. Ask them what their experience is in using the material.” </p><p> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85bAL5YOUTk" target="_blank">See RAFNXT+ through the eyes of our partners »</a></p><p> <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/solutions-and-services/product-ranges/rafnxt-plus-range" target="_blank">Read more about RAFNXT+ labels » </a></p><p> </p><p> <strong> <img src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/FruitMasters%20logo-200.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:115px;" /></strong></p><p> <strong>FruitMasters</strong><br>FruitMasters is a cooperative of fruit growers based primarily in the Netherlands. The company stores, packs and sells fruit for its growers. FruitMasters’ goal is to have the best available product for its customers without losing focus on important issues such as food safety, sustainability and a good-working environment. The company complies with different standards such as BRC, IFS, ISO14001, and SMETA.</p><p> <img src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/UPM_Logo_2008_150.png" alt="" style="margin:0px;width:105px;" /> <br> <strong>The UPM Raflatac product </strong> <br>RAFNXT+ is a range of sustainable labeling solutions that deliver reductions in energy, water, and waste throughout their lifecycle compared to standard paper labels. All products in the range are based on a Forest Positive lifecycle approach. With fewer reel changes, they offer savings in downtime and start-up waste, lower packaging and transportation costs, and increased storage capacity for both raw materials and finished stock.<br>FSC<sup>®</sup>-C012530<br><strong>     </strong></p><p>   </p>
Creating holistic packaging solutions for sustainable futurehttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/creating-holistic-packaging-solutions-for-sustainable-futureCreating holistic packaging solutions for sustainable future<p>​Awareness of sustainability and the impacts of packaging are changing the game for labels and the packaging industry. As UPM Raflatac’s Sustainability Director, <strong>Robert Taylor’s </strong>job is to not only reduce the negative impact of labels on packaging, but to have a positive impact as well. </p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/sustainable%20future.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /></p><p>“This is why we take a lifecycle approach and use eco-design to support more holistic packaging solutions with both paper and filmic labels.”</p><p>“When it comes to films, the issue of plastic pollution and health have really risen up the agenda. In addition to raw material efficiency, matching the label with package and safeguarding recyclability is key. The thing about plastic is that it’s cheap. It’s highly functional and the technical properties of plastic also make it good for product safety,” Taylor explains.</p><p>Those same properties also mean plastic is very abundant, and easy to discard, but it’s a problem that people can physically see or experience as it damages wildlife habitats and disfigures the landscape. So people respond easily and very positively to the idea of reducing plastic waste.</p><p>“The heart engages,” says Taylor. “It’s the first time I’ve seen a sustainability trend that has had the same effect as deforestation in the Amazon 25 years ago.”</p><h3>Raising the bar for sustainable packaging </h3><p>When it comes to paper labels, UPM Raflatac has been developing a net positive approach called forest positive for its RAFNXT+ range. </p><p>RAFNXT+ labels are resource optimized, which means fewer raw materials are needed. Combined with raw material efficiency, the range brings reductions throughout the product lifecycle in terms of energy, water use and waste. The product range comes exclusively from sustainably managed forests. The source forests can absorb up to double the amount of carbon dioxide emitted during the product lifecycle of the labels. That makes the RAFNXT+ label range carbon positive.</p><p>UPM Raflatac’s Forest Positive approach is the future formula for sustainable labeling supported with credible science based data. It has a clear business logic, since raw materials are getting more scarce all around the world. It also links to another trend, of not just avoiding negative choices, but actively contributing to positive impact. “You can choose to make a positive choice,” Taylor says.</p><p><a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/solutions-and-services/product-ranges/rafnxt-plus-range" target="_blank">Read more about our Forest Positive approach »</a></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AhsH-n29Dk&feature=youtu.be">Watch the video to learn more about RAFNXT+ »</a></p><p>    </p><p>    <br> </p>
UPM Raflatac's more effective and sustainable logistics systemhttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/upm-raflatacs-more-effective-and-sustainable-logistics-systemUPM Raflatac's more effective and sustainable logistics system<p>​As sustainability is at the core of UPM Raflatac's business values, the company focuses on finding sustainable solutions for all stages of its label value chain. Now UPM Raflatac has found new solutions for a more sustainable logistics system on the company’s two routes in Europe.</p><p> <img src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/new%20truck%20570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /> <br> <em>By re-planning of routes, UPM Raflatac has decreased the amount of trucks in use.</em></p><div style="text-align:center;"> </div><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>TAKEAWAYS</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>1. Logistics and transportation have a big impact on the environment worldwide</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>2. UPM Raflatac conducted two logistics projects to find sustainability benefits</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>3. Thanks to change in transportation equipment and re-planning of routes, <strong>UPM Raflatac has been able to reduce CO2 emissions</strong></strong></p><h3>Tackling climate change with logistics optimisation</h3><p>UPM Raflatac is making a lot of actions to reduce daily transport costs. As UPM Raflatac is aware of the global challenges related to transport, such as climate change, it also takes bigger actions towards a more effective – and a more sustainable – logistics system. </p><p>In 2017, UPM Raflatac had sustainable logistics actions in routes, which pass through five European countries. These projects were done together with UPM Raflatac's long-time partner Kuehne + Nagel, a global provider of supply chain solutions. <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/icons%202%20web.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:102px;" /></p><p>“By working on the processes of both companies, we were able to improve the service, reduce the CO2 emissions and the transport costs,” tells <strong>Craig England</strong>, Logistics Operations Manager of EMEIA, who is responsible for the distribution network of UPM Raflatac.</p><p>According to England, other benefits include better buffering capacity and better secured delivery time.</p><p>But how these benefits were achieved? In these projects, there were found two successful solutions. Firstly, single deck trailers were changed to double deck trailers. Secondly, two main European routes were re-planned to enhance the transportation system and to decrease the amount of trucks in use. Thanks to these solutions, fuel consumption and therefore CO2 emissions were reduced at annual level.</p><p> <img src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/rolls%20570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /> <br><em>Changing single deck trailers to double deck trailers was one of the successful solutions to improve sustainable logistics system.</em></p><h3>Significant CO2 reductions on the routes</h3><p>With logistical efficiency, UPM Raflatac was able to achieve significant reductions in CO2 emissions on both routes. On the first route, which starts from Poland, passes through Germany and France and has Switzerland as its final destination, CO2 emissions are now reduced by 23 % annually.</p><p>For the second route, the reductions are 31 % annually. The route starts from Poland, passes through Germany and France and ends up to Spain.</p><p>England gives useful tips for others considering the same kind of project.</p><p>“You should involve the stakeholder from the start of the projects and find out if double deck trailers can be utilized.”</p><p>According to him, it is also important to review the transport planning for stock deliveries in order to utilize the maximum load capacity of trucks.</p><p>Thanks to these successful projects, UPM Raflatac's logistics system is now even more carefully planned and optimized in Europe. Overall, UPM Raflatac continues to review and adapt the transport network for finding solutions to more sustainable logistics, achieving both CO2 emissions and cost reductions.</p><p> <a href="http://www.upm.com/Responsibility/Supply-chain/Logistics/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Read more about UPM's logistics optimisation »</a></p><p> <a href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/responsibility/make-the-right-choices-along-the-way/" target="_blank">Find out more about UPM's cost-effective and environmentally friendly deliveries »</a></p><p> <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/sustainability/sustainable-value-chain/sustainable-label-manufacturing">Read more about UPM Raflatac's sustainable label manufacturing »</a></p><p> <img src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/UPM%20logo-200.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;width:80px;" /> <br>UPM Raflatac is labeling a smarter future by developing innovative and sustainable labeling solutions complemented with world-class service. As one of the world’s leading producers of self-adhesive label materials, we supply high-quality paper and film label stock for consumer product and industrial labeling through a global network of factories, distribution terminals and sales offices.</p><p>       </p><p>    </p>
Rainwater harvesting system saves water at Cape Town terminalhttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/rainwater-harvesting-system-saves-water-at-cape-town-terminalRainwater harvesting system saves water at Cape Town terminal<p><em>The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are the framework that governments, business, and civil society use to drive the sustainability agenda. With those goals in mind, UPM Raflatac developed the Biofore Site™ concept and set responsibility targets for 2030 that aim to improve its environmental, social and economic performance. The aim is to build a site-specific roadmap that includes auditing, measuring and evaluating progress. The Biofore Site concept will facilitate growth of a strong sustainability culture and increase transparency.</em></p><p>After three years of drought, the residents of Cape Town, South Africa faced the real possibility of Day Zero – a day the government planned to shut off municipal water supplies and require citizens to queue for water. Fortunately, following rains in June, combined with enormous efforts by citizens and businesses to limit water use, the possibility of a Day Zero has been pushed forward until at least 2019.</p><p>Employees at UPM Raflatac’s Cape Town terminal are doing their part in the face of these challenging conditions. In April, they installed a rainwater harvesting system that works by collecting rainwater in a storage tank and using that water to flush toilets.</p><p>The installation was simple: close a ball valve, disconnect the toilets from the local municipal water supply, and then re-connected them to the terminal’s storage tank. </p><p>“With this system in place we are conserving drinkable water and reducing costs,” says <strong>Shawn Van Wyk</strong>, Terminal Production Supervisor.</p><p>Every toilet flush uses about 15 liters of water. Van Wyk estimates that the water savings can be hundreds of liters per day.</p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/rainwater%20570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /><br><em>Following the severe drought period in Cape Town, South Africa, our terminal team installed a rainwater harvesting system that works by collecting rainwater in a storage tank and using that water to flush toilets. In the picture: Keith Nathan, Slitter Operator, Anton Dreyer, Team Leader and Wayde Coetzee, Slitter Operator.</em></p><h3>Water conservation as a key focus</h3><p>The employees are enthusiastic about the system.</p><p>“Employees feel that this is a great way of contributing to the well-being of our environment. They feel very proud of being part of this. Some of them have been inspired to start to do the same at their homes,” tells Shawn with excitement.</p><p>With water conservation a key focus area for the Biofore Site™ concept in 2018, other Raflatac facilities can follow the Cape Town team’s lead.</p><p>“Rainwater harvesting systems for flushing toilets, or other uses like irrigation, are commonly incorporated in new “green” buildings constructed today. Even in areas not affected by extreme drought, it makes sense for us to explore retrofitting our sites with this cost effective and low maintenance technology, so we can realize both cost savings and environmental benefit,” comments <strong>Laura Cummings</strong>, Director, Health, Safety and Environment, UPM Raflatac.</p><p>“We should also consider the advantages of developing secondary water supplies in the event UPM Raflatac sites in other locations are faced with water restrictions in the future.” </p><h3>Reducing the amount of waste </h3><p>Sustainability has an important role at the Cape Town terminal. The terminal continually seeks ways to reduce the amount of waste generated and energy consumed. Recently, employees have started to re-use some of the pallets from raw material deliveries.</p><p>“We pay careful attention to recycling. We recycle everything that can be recycled: we have colour- coded waste bins in which we collect and segregate recyclable materials like white paper, metal tins, plastic bottles and glass,” explains Shawn.</p><p>In the future, the terminal plans to encourage employees to recycle at home.</p><p>“It would be terrific for the community if our employees would practice at home what we do at work. Our aim is to create awareness among our employees and others of the impact waste has on our natural resources and community,” concludes Shawn.</p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/bioforesite_logo.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /><br><em>UPM Raflatac aims to label a smarter future by improving the sustainability performance of its production sites through the Biofore Site™ concept. Our sustainability actions around the world demonstrate that UPM Raflatac is the partner of choice for customers, end-users, suppliers and other stakeholders.</em></p><p><em></em> </p><p><em>      </em></p><p><em></em> </p><p><em>  </em></p>
Continuous improvement projects bring sustainability benefitshttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/biofore-site-in-action-seeing-the-sustainability-benefits-in-continuous-improvement-activities-of-upm-raflatac-factoriesContinuous improvement projects bring sustainability benefits<p>​<em>The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are the framework that governments, business and civil society use to drive the sustainability agenda. With those goals in mind, UPM Raflatac developed the Biofore Site™ concept and set responsibility targets for 2030 that aim to improve its environmental, social and economic performance. The aim is to build a site-specific roadmap that includes auditing, measuring and evaluating progress. The Biofore Site concept will facilitate growth of a strong sustainability culture and increase transparency.</em></p><p>Two powerful imperatives shape our business today: the requirement to be a world class manufacturer and the need to improve sustainability performance. At UPM Raflatac, we recognize that these two imperatives are not mutually exclusive.</p><p>For example, all UPM Raflatac production facilities face a 2030 target to be landfill free. And while we seek out the best outlets to recycle, reuse or incinerate with energy recovery our waste streams, the best way to avoid landfilling is to not generate the waste at all. The true goal is waste prevention, and that’s one area where continuous improvement (CI) activities have a main role to play.</p><p> </p><h2> <em style="color:#76b82a;">"UPM Raflatac production facilities face a 2030 target to be landfill free.""</em></h2><p> </p><h3>Continuous Improvement by UPM Raflatac furthers the sustainability culture</h3><p>Our <strong>Continuous Improvement by UPM Raflatac </strong>model, which involves execution of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma methodologies, guides improvement efforts in our factories by focusing on controlling product variation, reducing defects and eliminating waste of all kinds in our production processes.</p><p> <em> <img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/Continues%20improvement.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /></em></p><p> <em>Continuous Improvement efforts in our factories focus on controlling product variation, reducing defects and eliminating waste of all kinds in our production processes. This strongly supports also UPM Raflatac sustainability targets. </em></p><p>“Our Lean Daily Management System promotes employee involvement in job planning, problem solving, and waste elimination. We have opportunities to minimize wasted raw materials, laminate, electricity, natural gas, water, chemicals, packaging, consumables and no doubt other resources. Our employees are in the best position to identify these opportunities to achieve both production efficiency and environmental benefits,” explains <strong>Mark Walkington</strong>, Manager, Global Continuous Improvement, UPM Raflatac.</p><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/UPM_Lean_6_Sigma_logo.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 10px;width:110px;height:109px;" />Although the primary aims of Continuous Improvement projects are to improve quality and efficiency, we recognize that projects utilising Lean or Six Sigma tools have environmental benefits even if they don’t have stated environmental targets.</p><p>As we continue on our Biofore Site journey, UPM Raflatac aims to better identify and quantify the environmental benefits realized via our <strong>Continuous Improvement by UPM Raflatac </strong>work so that our employees can see how their daily efforts in production excellence help to achieve our sustainability targets.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Continuous Improvement by UPM Raflatac in 2010-2017:</strong></p><ul><li>+400 projects utilizing Lean and Six Sigma tools</li><li>minimized raw materials and labelstock waste</li><li>minimized electricity, natural gas, water, chemicals, packaging and consumables use</li><li>App. 400 employees trained for Yellow, Green, and Black Belts, and Master Black Belts</li><li>Goal is to train all operational personnel to Lean Fundamentals and Yellow Belt</li></ul><p> <img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/bioforesite_logo.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /> </p><p> <em>UPM Raflatac aims to label a smarter future by improving the sustainability performance of its production sites through the Biofore Site™ concept. Our sustainability actions around the world clearly demonstrate that UPM Raflatac is the partner of choice for customers, end-users, suppliers and other stakeholders.</em><br> </p><p>    <br> <br> <br> </p>
Celebrating children: Our Mexico employees teamed up to donate toyshttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/biofore-site-success-story-upm-raflatac-mexico-employees-celebrated-childrens-day-with-toy-donationsCelebrating children: Our Mexico employees teamed up to donate toys<p><em>​T</em><em><em>he </em>United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are the framework that governments, business and civil society use to drive the sustainability agenda. With those goals in mind, UPM Raflatac developed the Biofore Site™ concept and set responsibility targets for 2030 that aim to improve its environmental, social and economic performance. The aim is to build a site-specific roadmap that includes auditing, measuring and evaluating progress. The Biofore Site concept will facilitate growth of a strong sustainability culture and increase transparency.</em></p><p>Every April 30 Mexico celebrates Día del Niño – Children’s Day, a day dedicated to honoring and making children feel special. This year, the UPM Raflatac Mexico City terminal team wanted to help children living in low-resource settings to celebrate Children’s Day, so they organized a toy donation among colleagues across Mexico.</p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/Mexico%20Raflatoy%20group.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /></p><p><em>UPM Raflatac team in Mexico City and Guadalajara engaged in the toy donation campaign.</em></p><p>“We extended the invitation to contribute to all colleagues in our Mexican sites. Very quickly we were all committed,” says <strong>Luz Jiménez</strong>, Quality Engineer in Mexico City terminal. </p><p>Employees donated 116 toys altogether. </p><p>“The toys were delivered to Manos de Ayuda S. A. de C. V., an association which supports children living in the low-resource communities in Tultitlán. The association delivered the toys to children.”</p><p>Luz Jiménez says they hope to plan another similar campaign in the future.</p><p>“Next time our donation could be books for children, for example.” she says.</p><p>Feedback from employees has been very warm.</p><p>“We received great feedback. Especially when everyone saw the happiness on children’s faces when they received the toys we donated.”, Luz Jiménez concludes.</p><p> <img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/toys_570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 0px;" /></p><p><em>Employees donated 116 toys altogether. Everybody was happy to see smiles on children’s faces that our toy donation caused.</em></p><p><em><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/bioforesite_logo.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /></em></p><p><em>U<em>PM Raflatac aims to label a smarter future by improving the sustainability performance of its production sites through the Biofore Site™ concept. Our sustainability actions around the world clearly demonstrate that UPM Raflatac is the partner of choice for customers, end-users, suppliers and other stakeholders.</em></em></p><p>     <br><em>     </em><br> <br><br></p>
ISO 50001 spurs energy savings at Nancy factory http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/biofore-site-success-story-iso-50001-spurs-energy-savings-at-upm-raflatac-factory-in-nancy-franceISO 50001 spurs energy savings at Nancy factory <p> <em>The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are the framework that governments, business and civil society use to drive the sustainability agenda. With those goals in mind, UPM Raflatac developed the Biofore Site<em>™</em> concept and set responsibility targets for 2030 that aim to improve its environmental, social and economic performance. The aim is to build a site-specific roadmap that includes auditing, measuring and evaluating progress. The Biofore Site concept will facilitate growth of a strong sustainability culture and increase transparency.</em></p><p>UPM Raflatac’s labelstock factory in Nancy, France is the first UPM Raflatac factory to be certified to the ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management System standard. The ISO 50001 standard requires continual improvement in energy utilization, which is measured in energy consumed per million square meters of labelstock material produced.  </p><p> <img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/Nancy%20Factory%20-%20570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px 5px;" /> </p><p>“You need technical knowledge and skills to reach the ISO 50001 targets. Accurate measuring is vital. You must know the value of each choice to make good decisions, otherwise you are blind,” emphasises <strong>Daniel Bozonnet</strong>, Manager, Environmental Market Support, UPM Raflatac.</p><h2> <em style="color:#76b82a;">"Nancy’s CO2 emissions have come down an impressive 27 % since 2012."</em></h2> <p>At Nancy, the ISO 50001 process began in 2013 and the certification was received in 2015. The factory’s CO2 emissions have come down an impressive 27 % since 2012. UPM has a global target of cutting down CO2 emissions 15 % by 2020 and 30 % by 2030.</p><h3>Energy efficiency considered at every turn </h3><p>The change has required good teamwork and a deep dive into measuring energyconsumption. Mapping Nancy’s energy performance began in 2014 with the support of external energy experts. A two-day audit was the first evaluation in which key indicators for future measurements were defined.</p><p>“After the audit we received around 30 individual proposals on what to improve and followed the project with monthly meetings with the energy team. We had around one year to prepare for the ISO 50001 audit,” Bozonnet explains.</p><p>Working together with external partners has turned out to be a major factor in finding solutions for better energy performance.</p><p>“Together, we discovered a lot of new possibilities. Could we for example use solar energy for our lighting in the future? For now, our focus is to move to LED lighting. We have also started reusing the hot air from our production for heating our buildings. When we have a problem we can push our suppliers for a solution, and very often, they find one. Now we have a few lines written in all of our supplier contracts about providing us the best possible energy efficiency option,” Bozonnet says.</p><p>In addition, training in saving energy has been organised for the factory employees. Their involvement is important, as meeting the continual improvement requirements of ISO 50001 requires fresh ideas going forward.</p><p>“Our employees have been trained to cut all energy off when not using the machines. The energy saving proposals from employees are equally important, such as motion-sensing lights in the toilets. Every single thing matters,“ Bozonnet points out.</p><h3>Improvements in energy counting technology </h3><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/energy.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:100px;" />In the beginning of the process, energy performance can be easily improved by updating old equipment. As things progress however, it becomes more demanding to pinpoint which actions will have the most impact.</p><p>“Investment payback time can be anything from one year to four years. The long time span makes measuring challenging,” Bozonnet explains.</p><p>For example at Nancy, old windows have been replaced with new ones and lighting is gradually changed to LED. All individual changes are documented in the yearly ISO 50001 report, but it is difficult to measure how much energy is actually saved by these small actions. Devices that measure energy consumption at home, appliance by appliance, are only now finding their way to industrial settings.</p><p>“Our factory has one measuring device for gas and electricity. We know the total consumption but not the consumption of individual machines. Often, this is the weak point when improving energy performance. This is why we are investing in the factory’s measuring systems. New technology arrives on the market all the time. The challenge is to find an approach that works for us,“ Bozonnet says.</p><p>As site leaders look for ways to improve and modernize each facility, energy efficiency projects could be one possibility to achieve that. Many small changes over time can add up to big cost savings along with improved environmental performance. </p><p> <img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/bioforesite_logo.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /> </p><p> <em>U</em><em>PM Raflatac aims to label a smarter future by improving the sustainability performance of its production sites through the Biofore Site™ concept. Our sustainability actions around the world clearly demonstrate that UPM Raflatac is the partner of choice for customers, end-users, suppliers and other stakeholders.</em></p><p> <em></em> </p><p> <em>    </em></p><p> <em></em> </p><p> <em>   </em></p><p>   </p><p>   <br> <br> </p>
Friedrich Bläuel: Raising sustainability level with RafCycle®http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/friedrich-blauel-raising-sustainability-level-with-rafcycleFriedrich Bläuel: Raising sustainability level with RafCycle®<p>Friedrich Bläuel & Co. Ltd is a visionary organic olive oil producer from Greece. Since the very beginning, sustainability and respect for the environment have been the core values of the company.</p><p> <img src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/RAF_Blauel-olive-oil-570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>TAKEAWAYS</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>1. Implementing RafCycle<sup>®</sup> as a part of their processes has enabled Bläuel to become more consistent with its sustainable values </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>2. RafCycle program recycles self-adhesive label waste that would otherwise be landfilled</strong></p><p>Bläuel is a pioneer in many sectors. It was the first company in Greece to start producing organic olive oil back in the 1980’s. Today, the family company employs over 300 small farmers who supply the company with organically produced products that are marketed worldwide.</p><h3>Recycling with RafCycle</h3><p>Bläuel has been actively looking for a solution that would expand its sustainability practices and help it to become even more consistent with its values. One of the problems the company has been struggling with, has been the lack of proper recycling processes.</p><p>“In Greece, there have not been many processes available for recycling label liner,” tells <strong>Silvia Lazzari</strong>, responsible for marketing at Bläuel Organic Products. “Tons of materials have been dumped in a common waste and we have been trying to find alternative solutions for years.”</p><p>“When I heard about the opportunity of recycling label liners through the cooperation with UPM Raflatac, I presented it to my colleagues and directors and everyone agreed to give a green light to research it further,” Lazzari says.</p><p>The solution was UPM Raflatac’s Rafcycle program.</p><p>RafCycle gives new life to self-adhesive label waste that would otherwise be landfilled. UPM Raflatac collects the waste from its RafCycle partners and recycles it into new materials at the UPM Plattling paper mill in Germany.​ This provides numerous benefits to printers, packers, brand-owners, and, of course, the environment.</p><p> <img src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/certificate-Blauel-570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /> </p><p> <em>In the picture: Avgerinos Chatzichrisos from Forlabels (left), Despina Daioglou, Fritz Blauel, the owner of Bläuel GreekOrganic Products and Silvia Lazzari (right) holding the RafCycle certificate.</em></p><h3>Sustainability actions are required from everyone</h3><p>Although RafCycle has over 100 partners globally, it is not yet widely used in Greece. For Bläuel, joining RafCycle has been a good experience. Lazzari encourages also other companies to join RafCycle program.</p><p>“We have been pleasantly surprised with the support we have gotten from UPM Raflatac. Without reduction of waste, the planet is not going to survive. We all have to do our absolute best in trying to find the solutions,” Lazzari says.</p><p>UPM Raflatac aims to find solutions to all companies.</p><p>“Size is not a barrier when it comes to taking part in sustainability initiatives – even a small company can do something about sustainability. Taking part in RafCycle is one way to do it,” concludes <strong>Despina Daioglou</strong>, Sales Manager, Greece, UPM Raflatac.</p><p> </p><p> <strong> <img src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/GOPBlauel-small.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px 5px;width:130px;" /></strong></p><p> <strong>Friedrich Bläuel & Co. Ltd</strong><br>Friedrich Bläuel & Co. Ltd, established in 1979, produces organic MANI olive oils, olives and mezes. It is the largest employer in the region with over 300 small farmers who supply the company with organically produced products. <a href="http://www.blauel.gr/" target="_blank">Visit the website »</a></p><p> <strong> <img src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/UPM%20logo-200.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;width:90px;" /></strong></p><p> <strong>RafCycle</strong><br>Our RafCycle waste management concept is a good example of thinking and acting circular. We do not just recycle our own production waste but offer our customers and end-users a recycling solution that gives their label waste a new life.</p><p> </p><p>   </p>
Changsu factory recognized as a Green Company in Chinahttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/upm-raflatacs-changshu-factory-recognized-as-a-green-company-by-the-changshu-government-in-chinaChangsu factory recognized as a Green Company in China<p>​The UPM Raflatac Changshu factory has been recognized as a Green Company in an Environment Credit rating by the Changshu government in China. The factory received the highest level recognition of 5 levels (Green/Blue/Yellow/Red/Black). This reflects the factory performance in three areas: environmental management and emissions, regulatory compliance and social impact.</p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/Jukka%20and%20Yifan%20in%20CS%20570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /></p><p>“We have put a lot of effort into developing sustainability performance and we are honoured to receive this recognition. In 2017, there were 582 companies assessed in Changshu District, of which only 30 were classified as green,” says <strong>Jukka Piitulainen</strong>, General Manager, UPM Raflatac APAC Factories.</p><p>“Our team effort means we are now considered a benchmark company in the region.”</p><p>UPM Raflatac aims to label a smarter future by improving the sustainability performance of its production sites through the Biofore Site™ concept. This concept is aligned with UN Sustainability development goals and provides a framework for meeting the UPM 2030 responsibility targets in environmental, social and economic performance.</p><p><strong>Yifan Qian</strong>, Environmental Manger at the Changshu factory says:</p><p>“We have implemented several initiatives as part of our Biofore site concept to improve our environmental performance. For example, reducing pollution incidents through the Clean Run programme, reducing air emissions with carbon filtering systems, reducing energy and water use and making sure we are sorting waste properly."</p><p>We are also supporting the development of more sustainable communities through our safety and well-being initiatives, Family Day activities, University Scholarships and cooperation with the China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF).</p><p>Our sustainability actions in China and elsewhere around the world clearly demonstrate that UPM Raflatac is the partner of choice for customers, end-users, suppliers and other stakeholders.</p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/bioforesite_logo.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /></p><p><em>UPM Raflatac aims to label a smarter future by improving the sustainability performance of its production sites through the Biofore Site™ concept. Our sustainability actions around the world clearly demonstrate that UPM Raflatac is the partner of choice for customers, end-users, suppliers and other stakeholders.</em></p><p> </p><p><em></em> </p><p><em>  </em></p><p> </p><p>  </p><p>       </p><p>       <br> </p>
Scarborough factory installed charging stations for electric carshttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/biofore-site-success-story-charging-stations-help-push-towards-electric-cars-at-upm-raflatacs-factory-in-scarborough-ukScarborough factory installed charging stations for electric cars<p> <em>The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are the framework that governments, business and civil society use to drive the sustainability agenda. With those goals in mind, UPM Raflatac developed the Biofore Site<em>™<span aria-hidden="true"></span></em> concept and set responsibility targets for 2030 that aim to improve its environmental, social and economic performance. The aim is to build a site-specific roadmap that includes auditing, measuring and evaluating progress. The Biofore Site</em><em> concept will facilitate growth of a strong sustainability culture and increase transparency.</em></p><p>The environmental impact of operations is taken seriously at the Scarborough site.</p><p>“We try to involve everyone in continuous improvement and this includes embracing the Biofore Site<em>™</em> concept that aims to build a sustainability culture throughout the factory,” explains <strong>Neil Bland, </strong>General Manager. </p><p>“Several Biofore projects are being run and environmental investments have been made in Scarborough. One of them is the installation of the electric car charging points in the site carpark for employees and visitors. The possibility to charge electric and plug-in hybrid cars has proved to encourage people to make more environmentally friendly choices, as the number of electric and hybrid cars has increased from none to several in one year.” </p><p> <img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/charging%20station-570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /> <br> <em>Alan Wright, Vice President, Paper Laminates, EMEIA, UPM Raflatac is a happy and active user of Scarborough electric car charging point.</em></p><h2> <em style="color:#76b82a;">"The number of electric and hybrid cars has increased from none to several in one year."</em></h2><p> </p><h3>A customer’s idea made a change</h3><p>The idea for a charging station originally came from a customer, who is also striving to improve their environmental impact and encourages the use of hybrid and electric car in their business.</p><p>“We try to interact and hear the voice of our customers as much as we possibly can,” says Bland.</p><p>The investment has made it easier for people to make the switch from diesel and petrol to more sustainable choices. </p><p>“We expect and hope to see many more electric and hybrid cars at the factory in the future and so are planning to install more charging stations in the coming year to support this.” tells Bland.</p><h3>Benefits for the environment and the driver</h3><p>There are also plans to invest in electric mill service vehicles over the coming years. Compared with existing gas-powered forklifts, electric units are more sustainable, they cost less to run, and they are safer and more reliable in use.</p><p>Car charging infrastructure is developing across the UK, and the government is encouraging the change through financial benefits. Improving the charging station network is a way to encourage people to make the switch.</p><p> <em> <img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/bioforesite_logo.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /></em></p><p> <em> <em>UPM Raflatac aims to label a smarter future by improving the sustainability performance of its production sites through the Biofore Site™ concept. Our sustainability actions around the world clearly demonstrate that UPM Raflatac is the partner of choice for customers, end-users, suppliers and other stakeholders.</em></em></p><p> <em>  </em></p><p> <em>  </em></p><p> </p><p>       </p><p>   <br> <br><br> </p>
Lighting retrofit project saves energy and improves site security and safetyhttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/biofore-site-success-story-lighting-retrofit-project-at-upm-raflatac-tampere-improves-site-security-and-safety,-and-saves-energyLighting retrofit project saves energy and improves site security and safety<p> <em>The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are the framework that governments, business and civil society use to drive the sustainability agenda. With those goals in mind, UPM created responsibility targets to meet by the year 2030. Likewise, UPM Raflatac aims to improve its sustainability performance using the Biofore Site™ concept, which sets targets for production sites aligned with these UN and UPM goals.</em></p><p> <em>Each UPM Raflatac production site defines targets for environmental, social and economic performance. The aim is to build a site-specific roadmap with a carefully planned system for auditing, measuring and evaluating progress. Actions taken to achieve Biofore Site targets facilitate growth of a strong sustainability culture and increase transparency. </em></p><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/Tampere%20lights.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px 5px;width:260px;height:161px;" />Retrofitting the outer shells of the buildings at UPM’s Raflatac factory in Tampere, Finland with LED lights, is another great step forward on the Biofore Site journey. The installation work was completed during the first months of 2018. The project started as a way to improve reliability of site security cameras but has turned out to significantly improve safety and save a great amount of energy in the bargain. </p><p>LED lighting consumes considerably less energy than the metal halide lamps and high-pressure sodium lamps used previously. With LEDs, energy use for lighting has been reduced by a third. The 60,000 kWh saved annually translates into 13 tonnes less carbon dioxide emissions each year. It takes approximately 9,600 kWh to keep a house warm all year in Finland’s climate – the new LED lighting saves enough electricity to warm about six houses!</p><p> <em></em> <img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/houses.png" alt="" style="margin:0px;width:150px;" /></p><p> <em>Lighting retrofit project for lights outside of UPM Raflatac factory in Tampere, Finland saved 60 000 kWh. This is enough to keep six houses warm all year in Finland’s </em> <em>climate. </em></p><p> </p><h2>Good lighting is a major safety factor</h2><p>The lighting has been boosted throughout and especially in the areas with intense work and traffic. </p><p>”When planning the retrofit, we took great care to make sure that all critical areas, defined as where people may work 24/7, are well lit. In other areas, basic lighting is sufficient. The lighting at the loading platforms, for instance, was boosted as it is an area with heavy traffic at all hours and seasons. However, we recognized there is no need for powerful lights when the platforms are not in use, so we also fitted the lights in this area with motion detectors. The parking areas are another example of an area where good lighting is a major safety factor. Possible uneven surfaces and icy spots need to be clearly visible,” notes <strong>Jori Teinilä</strong>, OHS manager, UPM Raflatac.</p><p> <img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/Jori_Teinil%c3%a4_Tampere.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /> </p><p>Motion detectors save energy but are a great safety feature as well. In the warehouse areas, motion detectors turn on lights turn in defined zones rather than the entire warehouse, thus offering a warning to anyone working in the area, driving a forklift, for example, to be extra careful in areas where the lights are on.</p><p>LEDs have a longer life than traditional lighting. Since the lighting is attached to the outer walls and roof of the building, it is not always easy to access them for maintenance. This kind of work often requires using a person-lift to access the work areas and temporarily modifying traffic flow, both actions increasing the risk of an accident. Now that we have reduced the frequency of working at height to perform this maintenance, we have reduced the likelihood of a serious incident occurring. </p><h2>LED lighting has an eight-year return on investment time</h2><p>Pay-back of the lighting retrofit project is estimated to be approximately eight years based on reduced energy consumption. The replacement schedule for LED lights is eight years versus four years for the lamps used previously.</p><p>LED lighting has a colder tone, closer to natural light, than the high-pressure sodium lamps also used in street lights in Finland. In addition to the savings and added security and safety, the UPM Raflatac site in Tampere, with all of its buildings, now has a more uniform look as all lights are of the same tone.</p><p>UPM Raflatac aims to label a smarter future by improving the sustainability performance of its production sites through the Biofore Site™ concept. Our sustainability actions around the world demonstrate that UPM Raflatac is the partner of choice for customers, end-users, suppliers and other stakeholders.</p><h3>What was done? </h3><p style="text-align:left;">UPM Raflatac Tampere LED lighting retrofit on the outer shells of all buildings.</p><h3>When?</h3> <p style="text-align:left;">2017-2018</p><h3>Savings: </h3><p style="text-align:left;">60, 000 kWh per year translates to 13 tonnes less CO2 emissions</p><div style="text-align:left;"><h3>Actions: </h3>- LED lighting replaced metal halide and high-pressure sodium lamps <br>- All areas critical for safety, such as the loading platforms and parking lot, are well lit<br>- Motion detectors control lighting<br>- Reduced need for maintenance lowers safety risks <br>- Buildings have a more uniform look as all lights are of the same tone</div><p> </p><p>     </p><p>    </p><p>    </p><p>   </p>
Biskupice Podgórne factory’s electricity generated from renewable sourceshttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/biofore-site-success-story-renewable-electricity-used-for-four-years-at-upm-raflatac-biskupice-podgorne-factory-in-polandBiskupice Podgórne factory’s electricity generated from renewable sources<p>​</p><p>The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are the framework that governments, business and civil society use to drive the sustainability agenda. With those goals in mind, <a href="https://user-fudicvo.cld.bz/UPM-Annual-Report-2017" target="_blank">UPM created responsibility targets to meet by the year 2030</a>. Likewise, UPM Raflatac aims to improve its sustainability performance using the Biofore Site™ concept, which sets targets for production sites aligned with these UN and UPM goals.</p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/biofore%20site%20success%20story.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /></p><p>Each UPM Raflatac production site defines targets for environmental, social and economic performance. The aim is to build a site-specific roadmap with a carefully planned system for auditing, measuring and evaluating progress. Actions taken to achieve Biofore Site targets facilitate growth of a strong sustainability culture and increase transparency.</p><p>A great example comes from the UPM Raflatac Biskupice Podgórne factory in Poland. Over the last four years, all the electricity used in this factory was generated from 100% renewable sources.<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/certificate_%20Biskupice.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:280px;" /></p><p>“The decision to use renewable electricity was extremely easy to make. It supports the company’s sustainability strategy. In addition, the cost compared to non-renewable electricity wasn’t significantly higher,” says Pekka Verkama, Mill Services Manager at UPM Raflatac Biskupice Podgórne mill. </p><p>Enea, one of the largest energy groups in Poland, supplies electricity to the Biskupice Podgórne factory. Enea produces renewable electricity from hydropower plants, wind farms and biogas plants. </p><p>“We follow our energy consumption against square meters of labelstock materials produced,” states Verkama, describing one Biofore Site sustainability target. To meet sustainability performance expectations and UPM’s 2030 responsibility targets, energy savings and use of renewable energy are high on UPM Raflatac’s agenda.</p><p>“Use of fossil fuels and non-renewable energy sources will finally end. It is important to act now to protect our environment,” Pekka Verkama concludes.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/bioforesite_logo.jpg" alt="" style="margin:10px;" />UPM Raflatac aims to label a smarter future by improving the sustainability performance of its production sites through the Biofore Site™ concept. Our sustainability actions around the world clearly demonstrate that UPM Raflatac is the partner of choice for customers, end-users, suppliers and other stakeholders.</p><p>         </p><p>   <br> </p>
Leading the way in sustainable labeling of wine, spirits, and craft beveragehttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/leading-the-way-in-sustainable-labeling-of-wine-spirits-and-craft-beverageLeading the way in sustainable labeling of wine, spirits, and craft beverage<p>In recent years the wine, spirits, and craft beverage sector has continued its push for improved sustainability by increasingly adopting certified label stock sourced from responsibly managed forests. Certified label papers are fast becoming the norm rather than the exception, and UPM Raflatac is supporting the industry by continuously expanding its range of eco-designed products to serve this growing need.</p><p><img src="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/sustainable-wsc-labeling.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>Using sustainably sourced raw materials is always the first step in our sustainable-by-design process. At UPM Raflatac we have been expanding our range of certified label faces for the wine, spirits, and craft beverage segment to make it even easier for our customers – label converters and brand owners – to make sustainable choices for a smarter future. <br> <br>Currently, over 75% of European label materials used for wine, spirits, and craft beverage applications are made from PEFC™ or FSC™ certified papers. This means we are close to achieving our ambitious goal of having all our label products for this segment certified. These certifications ensure that the wood raw material used in our products is legally sourced and originates from sustainably managed forests. In just nine years we have increased the number of UPM Raflatac certified label products from zero to over 850. By expanding our label material range with the goal of achieving 100% certified products, we are helping to make it as easy as possible for customers and brand owners to make sustainable choices. ​</p><h2><em style="color:#76b82a;">"Currently, over 75% of European label materials used for wine, spirits, and craft beverage applications are made from PEFC™ or FSC™ certified papers."</em></h2><p>     <br>The label material is just one part of the story, though. Using our Label Life tool – based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method – we evaluate the environmental impacts associated with our products over their entire lifecycle, from raw material sourcing to end of life. What’s more, we also offer resource-optimized paper products to lighten the environmental load, while our release liners can be recycled through the RafCycle waste management concept.<br> <br>Find out more about how our sustainable labeling solutions for wine, spirits, and craft beverage <a href="/emea/en/solutions-and-services/labeling-solutions/wine-and-spirits/sustainable-wine-labels" target="_blank">help you reach your environmental targets</a>, and <a href="/emea/en/solutions-and-services/labeling-solutions/wine-and-spirits" target="_blank">discover our full range of labeling solutions for this segment</a>.<br> <br>You can also read about how we cooperated with leading Italian wine producer Cielo e Terra to better understand <a href="/emea/en/news/details/cielo-e-terra-and-upm-raflatac-cooperate-on-lifecycle-assesment" target="_blank">the environmental impact of wine bottles</a>.</p>
UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle® recycling solution expanding to Chinahttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/upm-raflatacs-rafcycle-recycling-solution-expanding-to-chinaUPM Raflatac’s RafCycle® recycling solution expanding to China<p>UPM Raflatac is expanding its RafCycle® recycling solution to China. RafCycle services were launched in Changshu on December 6, 2017 during a customer event. RafCycle is also being promoted at Labelexpo Asia in Shanghai on December 5-8. The first RafCycle partner certificate in China was awarded to Hangzhou Changli, which is a label converter established in 2010.</p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2017/RafCycle%20Partner_Hangzhou%20Changli-570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /><br><em>The first RafCycle partner certificate in China was awarded to Hangzhou Changli</em></p><p>Hangzhou Changli is also the 100th RafCycle partner globally. The number of RafCycle partners has grown increasingly over the years as sustainability has become one of the key drivers in the labeling industry. Today more than 10 000 tons of label liner waste is being recycled in Europe through the RafCycle program. UPM Raflatac is actively searching for new RafCycle partners and the expansion to China is an important step in this process. </p><p>The paper liner waste generated by the RafCycle partners in China will be delivered to Hangzhou Fulun Ecology Technology Co., Ltd. where the paper liner waste can be recycled back into pulp and paper. </p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2017/Hangzhou%20Fulun-570jpg.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /><br><em>Sharon Xiao awarded <em>Hangzhou Fulun Ecology Technology Co., Ltd. with the RafCycle certificate </em></em></p><p>RafCycle is an innovative recycling concept that offers a new life for label liner waste which provides numerous benefits to printers, packers, brand-owners, and, of course, the environment. Turning waste into a resource is a key concept in the circular economy and an important part of our approach to sustainability. </p><p>“The recycling of wood fibres in paper products is a closed-loop solution and a shining example of sustainability at its best”, says <strong>Sharon Xiao</strong>, Sustainability Manager, APAC, UPM Raflatac. “We see sustainability as a key for success and a driver of innovation.”</p><p>Photos can be downloaded at the <a href="https://upm.emmi.fi/l/trskcNw5hjcB" target="_blank">UPM Photo Library >></a></p><p><strong>For further information please contact:</strong><br>Sharon Xiao, Sustainability Manager, APAC, UPM Raflatac , tel. +8618521710666​</p><p>    </p><p>   </p>
MUS Verpakkingen: Testing a biobased film solution for can labelinghttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/mus-verpakkingen-testing-a-biobased-film-solution-for-can-labelingMUS Verpakkingen: Testing a biobased film solution for can labeling<p>​MUS, a supplier of metal packaging and closures, has partnered with UPM Raflatac to find a more sustainable alternative for their current label material solution. Historically, MUS’s products have primarily been used in the paint and chemical markets, but today MUS provides a wide assortment of cans, closures and aerosols for the cosmetic and food industries, too. </p><p> <img src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2017/RafBio2-570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /> </p><p>Together with UPM Raflatac, MUS has tested the new RafBio PE material in application. RafBio PE is a sustainable alternative to standard PE film and is made from sugarcane ethanol containing more than 80 % renewable plant-based raw material. This ecodesigned film material reduces greenhouse gas emissions and is recyclable within the same recycling streams as fossil-based PE. </p><p>For the test series, MUS has labeled 1 liter cylindrical cans with RafBio PE Clear FTC 85 film. The plan is to use RafBio label material for other sizes, too, as the labeled range of cans goes from 125 mm to 5 liters. </p><p>In the EU, the recycling rate of metal cans is as high as 70 %. Metal cans can be recycled indefinitely, which makes them a part of circular economy. The asset of having a sustainable labeling solution for metal cans serves not only the customers but the environment too. </p><p>As a renewable material, RafBio PE Clear FTC 85 substitutes fossil-based raw materials and reduces CO2 emission in product decoration and identification leading to ecodesigned packaging.</p><p>“The recycling rate of cans in the Netherlands is at 95%. Having the RafBio PE label strengthens our product proposition even further and helps us create a very sustainable product – something a growing number of our customers consider very important,” says <strong>Willem Mus</strong>, CEO of MUS Verpakkingen.</p><p>In addition to testing this new sustainable label material, MUS has also joined UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle® program to recycle its glassine liner. After collection, glassine liner is given a new life as magazine paper at UPM Plattling in Germany. </p><p> <a href="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/PDF/News%20and%20Publications/UPM_Raflatac_SuccessStory_Mus%20Verpakkingen.pdf" target="_blank"> <img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Download the case study » </a></p><p> <strong></strong> <img src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2017/RafBio-ladder.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /></p><p> <strong>Client:</strong> <a href="http://www.musverpakkingen.nl/en/" target="_blank">MUS Verpakkingen </a> <br> <strong>Label material:</strong> RafBio PE Clear FTC 85 By UPM Raflatac</p><p>    </p><p>   </p>
Marsalkka: Craft beer in labeled and recyclable canhttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/upm-raflatac’s-vanish-fit-for-labelling-recyclable-aluminium-beverage-cansMarsalkka: Craft beer in labeled and recyclable can<p> <strong>VANISH™ fit for labelling recyclable aluminium beverage cans in Europe ​</strong></p><p>Beverage cans labelled with UPM Raflatac’s VANISH™ film can now be recycled in Europe. Novelis, the world’s largest recycler of aluminium cans, confirms that the thin 23-micron VANISH™ label has proven sufficiently light in order not to affect the quality of the recycled aluminium.</p><p>UPM Raflatac’s ultra-thin VANISH™ PET film enables three functionalities previously considered unviable or impossible: self-adhesive labeling on beverage cans, recyclability with aluminium cans, and the opportunity for beverage brands to market small batches cost-effectively.</p><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="VANISH™ fit for labelling recyclable aluminium beverage cans in Europe ​" src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2016/Marsalkka-recyclable-label-570px.jpg" style="margin:5px 0px;" /> <br></p><h2>Cost-efficiency and flexibility for small batches</h2><p>The Saimaan Juomatehdas brewery in Finland is the first company in Europe to adopt VANISH™ by launching a craft beer in labeled aluminium cans, which are integrated into a refundable deposit system for recycling. The recycling system for beverage containers in Finland is renowned as the world’s most effective. Returnable, refundable deposit cans are the most recycled container category, with a recycling rate as high as 95%.</p><p>In particular, and because direct-printed cans aren’t manufactured in small volumes, self-adhesive labeling is a necessity for canning smaller batches cost-effectively. Self-adhesive labels can also be produced quickly in comparison to directly decorated cans, enabling beverage producers to respond flexibly to consumer demand and engage in promotional activity without risking container overstocks.</p><p>“Saimaan Juomatehdas is committed to sustainability, so we wanted to come up with a canning solution for our smaller beverage batches that would match our principles. We explored different options and discovered the VANISH™ label material. Together with UPM Raflatac and Auraprint, a printing house specializing in labeling solutions, we started looking into the possibility of applying it to recyclable cans – and everything started to fall into place,” comments <strong>Jussi Laukkanen</strong>, CEO, Saimaan Juomatehdas.</p><p> </p><h2>Striking levels of differentiation</h2><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2016/Marsalkka-Vanish-label-150px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />VANISH™ brings all the visual presentation benefits of self-adhesive label printing technology to canned beverages, especially compared to traditional direct print. Together with an impressive no-label look, new levels of product differentiation are achievable with striking decoration opportunities and premium finishes such as high-gloss and vivid colouration, fine detail and photographic imaging.</p><p>“Our end-customers in the beverage industry place high value on their product packaging. VANISH™ is an attractive and exceptionally versatile label material – and an ideal choice for companies like Saimaan Juomatehdas which strive to create high-quality products that are visually impressive,” evaluates <strong>Tuomo Wall</strong>, Director, Films, UPM Raflatac.</p><p>“VANISH™ also introduces a solution for product decoration on smaller batches of beer and other beverages in a way that’s economically viable and at the same time environmentally conscious. Brand owners in Europe now have a recycling-compatible choice for greatly enhanced product presentation that meets their own as well as UPM Raflatac’s commitment to providing sustainable solutions.”</p><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2016/Arrow.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/solutions-and-services/labeling-solutions/beverage">Learn more about our beverage label solutions</a></p><p> <strong>For further information please contact: </strong><br>Mr Tuomo Wall, Director, Films, UPM Raflatac</p><p> </p><p> </p>
Cielo e Terra: Assessing environmental impacts of wine bottleshttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/cielo-e-terra-and-upm-raflatac-cooperate-on-lifecycle-assesmentCielo e Terra: Assessing environmental impacts of wine bottles<p>UPM Raflatac has cooperated with leading Italian wine producer Cielo e Terra on a life-cycle assessment (LCA) to study the environmental impacts of wine bottles. The comprehensive study took into account the full life cycle of the wine bottle and related packaging elements, and was performed in accordance with ISO 14040/44 standards. The study will be presented in a congress organised in connection to Vinitaly, international exhibition on wine and spirits, on 12th April 2016.<br></p><p> <img alt="UPM Raflatac cooperates with Italian wine producer Cielo e Terra on lifecycle assessment" src="https://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2016/UPM-Raflatac-Cielo-e-Terra-Freschello-Rosso-Vivo-w570px.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p>“Our aim is to better understand the environmental impacts related to our products and, together with our suppliers, find new ways to reduce them. The impacts of our recent investments in renewable energy are clearly visible in the results of the LCA study,” says <strong>Giampietro Povolo</strong>, Finance and Operation Manager, Cielo e Terra. “When comparing the years before and after the investments, we can identify reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of 10% and water consumption of 24% during the life cycle of a wine bottle.”</p><p>The LCA demonstrated that glass production has the most significant environmental impact in the wine bottle product life cycle. Energy and fuels used on site, as well as secondary and tertiary packaging such as boxes, pallets and plastic wrapping, are also significant for a number of life-cycle impact categories.</p><p>Corporate social responsibility has long been an important focus for Cielo e Terra, and the company already prints a significant proportion of its labels on UPM Raflatac’s FSC<sup>TM</sup> and PEFC<sup>TM</sup>-certified materials, sourced from sustainably managed forests. Cielo e Terra also participates in UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle programme, where the discarded glassine backing paper from the label application process is collected and recycled into new paper at UPM Raflatac’s specialist Plattling mill in Germany.</p><p>“Our cooperation with Cielo e Terra in sustainability topics began with the RafCycle programme in 2013, says <strong>Stefano Pistoni</strong>, End-Use Manager, Wine and Spirits at UPM Raflatac EMEIA. “The joint LCA study is a natural continuation of this dialogue and a unique example of how a label producer and wine bottler can work together on sustainability topics.”</p><p> <strong>For further information please contact:</strong><br>Stefano Pistoni, End-Use Manager, Wine & Spirits, UPM Raflatac EMEIA</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Read more:</strong></p><ul><li> <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/solutions-and-services/product-ranges-and-services/labellife">Make sustainable choices based on the most comprehensive lifecycle assesment in the industry</a></li></ul><p> </p>