Tap into fresh water from the forest

Forests use water, and they also provide it. They capture rainfall and replenish and cleanse our water supply. Forests and trees regulate surface and groundwater flows and help reduce water-related risks, such as floods and drought. Forests’ most significant contribution to all life on Earth is maintaining the high water quality.

As global demand for fresh water rises and water grows scarcer, all players—industries, forest owners, policy-makers and so on—need to find a balance between the ecosystem services provided by forests and the use of wood.

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Less than 3 % of the world's water is drinkable, of which 2,5 % is frozen in Antarctica, Arctic and glaciers
Over 1 billion people still do not have access to fresh water
Over 75 % of clean fresh water comes forested watersheds
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UPM treats and uses every drop of water responsibly

Companies that use wood as a raw material and a considerable amount of water in production have a significant role in promoting the responsible use of water.

Our raw material grows in forests which play an essential role in natural water cycles. We aim to maintain wetlands and open water bodies that contribute to water quality and quantity. Our Responsible Fibres are produced according to the principle of minimising the impacts of our operations on local water resources. Water reduction is an ongoing target for all UPM mills and we’re always looking for ways to take better care of this precious natural resource.

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Since 2008 in pulp and paper production:
30 % less effluent load on waters (Target for 2030: 40 % less than in 2008)
11 % less waste water (Target for 2030: 30 % less than in 2008)
100 % of pulp production is elemental or totally chlorine-free
100 % of waste water is treated before being released back to rivers, lakes or seas