PULP AND PAPER SECTOR DECARBONIZATION Connected Solutions for Carbon Removal and Renewable Energy  

The pulp and paper industry faces a pressing need to decarbonize, requiring a 36% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2022 levels, which translates to a 5% annual decline in emissions intensity to align with the Net Zero Scenario (IEA). This challenge is further complicated by a projected 9% increase in production by 2030, driven by growing global demand for consumer packaging, building materials, and other paper-based solutions.

STRIVE by STX empowers companies to elevate their decarbonization strategies, ensuring alignment with end-customer expectations and voluntary commitments, as well as Science-Based Targets (SBTi). By partnering with us, pulp and paper producers can develop tailored, interconnected solutions to comprehensively manage Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions across their entire value chain, from upstream to production and downstream phases.
We customize the right solutions by evaluating what’s most relevant and beneficial for your business’s unique demands and opportunities. Our solutions related to pulp and paper are designed to support your decarbonization targets while driving positive impacts for the bottom line. With a focus on energy efficiency, we support companies in their assessment phase, which could include mapping the consumption and production of electricity and biomethane, developing an achievable timeline for meeting immediate and long-term climate targets, and identifying opportunities to secure biogas and EACs. Our end-to-end support drives effective strategies, leading to actionable solutions for decarbonization.

Our offering to decarbonize the pulp and paper industry

Our commodity services encompass everything from energy efficiency solutions to renewable gas procurement and compliance with EU ETS. These solutions are all designed with the goal of supporting your sustainability targets and boosting your business performance. Our comprehensive offerings include:

Energy Efficiency and Project Financing – Scope 1

STRIVE by STX can help you identify and implement energy efficiency solutions fitting for your organization, leveraging financial opportunities to sustain your investment. Where relevant, we can help you obtain White Certificates and optimize their value to finance up to 100% of your energy efficiency project, potentially reducing Scope 1 emissions.

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Renewable Electricity Sourcing – Scope 2

Address Scope 2 emissions with procurement of Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs), such as GoOs, RECs, I-RECs or Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs). Our comprehensive solutions foster a holistic approach to decarbonization.

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Renewable Gas and Biogas for Heating and Electricity – Scope 1 and Scope 3

Leveraging renewable natural gas (RNG) solutions or switching from natural gas to biomethane can help companies cut Scope 1 and Scope 3 emissions. Our expertise revolves around utilizing RNG and biomethane in pulping, paper making, transportation and the wastepaper recycling process to reduce carbon emissions.

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Alternative Fuel Transportation Solutions – Scope 3

Incorporating biofuels enhances the downstream decarbonization of your transportation required in the pulp and paper value chain. This strategic approach can effectively remove Scope 3 emissions, aligning your operations with eco-friendly practices and net zero targets.

Regulatory Compliance (Including EU ETS) Expertise – Scope 1

Comply with global regulations, such as the EU Emissions Trading Schemes (ETS), Carbon Taxes, and the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). Through Vertis Environmental Finance, we assist in public climate disclosure , ensuring compliance, meeting customer demands for environmentally friendly products, and bolstering your brand’s reputation.

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Neutralizing Unavoidable Emissions

Companies can leverage carbon credits to tackle beyond value and residual emissions and achieve sustainability targets, both contributing to climate mitigation (avoidance) and neutralizing unabated emissions (removals).

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Comprehensive Emissions Management 

Achieve holistic reduction in Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions, aligning with your sustainability goals. We are a one-stop shop, simplifying procurement for your convenience and contributing to a sustainable future. 

Long-Term Stability and Strategic Planning 

Lead your business with a stable, long-term vision to empower your strategic planning and improve cash flow to finance sustainable projects. This enables you to effectively plan and execute your decarbonization journey while mitigating environmental and corporate governance risks and achieving business resilience.

Tailored Expertise, Competitiveness, and Global Impact

Benefit from cutting-edge industry insights and tailored solutions that optimize pulp and paper processes. Our expertise in navigating climate regulation and market opportunities promotes compliance and competitiveness in the industry landscape. Empower your organization to share its tangible commitments to achieve environmental sustainability and net zero targets.



  • What are the main sources of GHG emissions in the pulp and paper sector?
    The primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the pulp and paper sector include the combustion of fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas, and fuel oil in boilers, lime kilns, and other industrial processes for energy production and heating. Emissions also arise from chemical processes like the breakdown of wood fibers during pulping, on-site waste management through the decomposition of organic waste, and the generation of self-produced electricity and heat.   Additionally, the use of purchased electricity, steam, and heat in facilities such as chip mills, pulp mills, and paper mills contributes to emissions. Significant upstream emissions come from purchased goods and services, representing about 66% of Scope 3 emissions, including fibers (e.g., wood, recycled paper, waste) and non-fibrous materials (e.g., coating and functional chemicals) used in papermaking. The pulp and paper industry is the largest user of virgin wood. Downstream emissions are primarily driven by end-of-life treatments like waste incineration, landfilling, and paper recycling.
  • How can our company ensure that its transition to renewable energy sources is financially feasible and sustainable in the long term?
    The pulp and paper sector has a number of opportunities to unlock additional revenue, such as implementing energy efficiency projects to obtain white certificates, reallocating free EUAs, selling EACs if it has an electricity surplus, and swapping or selling biomethane.
  • How can our company meet decarbonization targets by leveraging STX environmental commodities?
    STRIVE by STX can help leverage financing opportunities to generate additional cash flow and achieve sustainability goals.
  • What role does Vertis Environmental play in navigating the EU ETS?
    Vertis is the dedicated arm of the STX Group for the European compliance carbon markets (EU ETS, UK ETS, Swiss ETS, German ETS). In most of these markets, emission Allowances are considered a financial instrument and, therefore, regulated by the financial authorities. Vertis is among the few players in the market with a dedicated license to trade these assets.