Bolloré Thin Papers is not content with just using the results of the Life Cycle Assessments to lead their environmental efforts. We are involved in certification methods which prove that our production processes, and the wood pulps used satisfy international regulations in terms of environmental management.
FSC and PEFC
With links to the forestry sector for their supplies, all the companies in the wood sector are directly affected by sustainable forest management. Their activities form the economic basis which enables them to support their environmental and social functions.
As evidence of this responsibility, Bolloré Thin Papers is involved with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification at its two production sites, Papeteries du Léman and Papeteries des Vosges.
FSC and PEFC are two non-profit, non-governmental, independent organisations, created to encourage responsible and sustainable management of the world’s forests. They are based on a certification system which sets standards, an accreditation system and a logo, recognised by the companies and organisations which want to be involved in paving the way towards responsible forest management.
These certificates, obtained successively in 2005 for FSC, and in 2010 for PEFC, guarantee that the wood pulps used by Bolloré Thin Papers in the production of their thin papers come from sustainably managed forests. The company thus ensures the traceability of the end products sold under this label throughout the supply, production and invoicing chains.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards - technical agreements which provide the framework for compatible technology worldwide. ISO standards are designed to be globally relevant - useful everywhere in the world.
The "ISO 14001:2004" logo indicates that Bolloré’s comprehensive Environmental Management System is certified to meet ISO standards and practices for environmental management in manufacturing company-wide. This logo is available only to companies holding certified ISO Environmental Management Systems
Bolloré has identified all of the environmental aspects (operations that affect the environment) and impacts (changes to the environment resulting from those operations) associated with the papermaking process and is committed to continuous improvement to reduce its environmental footprint.
“ISO 14040:2006” describes the principles and framework for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) including: definition of the goal and scope of the LCA, the Life Cycle Inventory Analysis (LCI) phase, the Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) phase, the life cycle interpretation phase, reporting and critical review of the LCA, limitations of the LCA, the relationship between the LCA phases, and conditions for use of value choices and optional elements.
For more information www.iso.org
Highly Protected Risk
December 14th, 2011: Papeteries des Vosges receives the HPR (Highly Protected risk) certification from FM Global*.
This distinction proves the site’s excellent level of protection against accidents. The HPR certification means that all of the recommendations from the underwriter in terms of construction materials, installation and fire protection come together so that the probability of the risk of financial and industrial loss are lower than market standards. This certification particularly includes natural (storms, earthquakes, floods) and industrial risks (fires….). It shows Bolloré Thin Papers commitment to adhere to the best practices in terms of risk prevention. For clients, the HPR certification is a guarantee of continued activity in a situation of risk and, for the staff, a working environment which conforms to the highest safety norms.
PDV which, driven by a booming news market, went from a capacity of 23.000 tons in 2004 to 45.000 tons in 2011, had not long before implemented completely new transformation and storage facilities.
* FM Global is an insurance company which is known worldwide in the industry and specialises in risk prevention services
Since 1990, Écobilan (also referred to as Ecobalance), advises industry and government on the environmental performance of products and services. Supported by a number of leading-edge environmental analysis and management software tools, Ecobilan provides services, methodologies and tools that promote the integration of environmental performance across the varying functions of an organization.
Écobilan is recognized world-wide as an innovative and technologically advanced leader in the application to technologies, services and products of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). LCA is concerned with the impact of extended systems (sequences of industrial operations) on the environment, applied to industrial strategy and product design.
Historically, LCA has been used for benchmarking and making environmental comparisons based on the use of energy and raw materials, releases to air, water and land and associated environmental impacts potentials. While LCA has traditionally provided a “snapshot” of environmental impacts, Ecobilan has applied life-cycle techniques in a more pragmatic way - creating synergies with experts in environmental management systems, economics, risk assessment and social impact assessment.
Écobilan joined the Global Sustainability Services department of PricewaterhouseCoopers in March 2000. By re-defining the boundaries for the application of life cycle techniques and creating links with other disciplines, Écobilan has harmonized the various approaches enabling the quantification of environmental, economic and social impacts - the three keys of sustainable development.
For more information go to www.ecobilan.com