Essity's Journey to Net Zero: Resource Efficiency

Jun 16, 2022 10:00 AM ET
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Resource efficiency

The global consumption of resources contributes to a growing scarcity of materials and an increase in emissions. At Essity, we have longstanding experience of working with resource efficiency.

Small streams make great rivers. By nurturing a culture of resource efficiency, we have successfully cut emissions from energy use by 15% between 2016 and 2021. When working toward 2050, we must leave no stone unturned and engage all employees on our journey to net zero.

Investing in state-of-the-art technology

We cooperate with external stakeholders, such as machinery suppliers and expert organizations, to ensure continued leadership, energy efficiency in materials and continuous improvements. All new equipment is resource efficient by design and when we invest in rebuilds, we always include state-of-the-art technological solutions. 

Sharing best practices worldwide

Listening to and involving our employees in our daily improvement activities is key to our success in becoming more resource efficient. We leverage knowledge-sharing across the company through trainings and networks. Best practices are shared digitally in real-time to achieve energy excellence by learning from others.

Digitalization in manufacturing

Digitalization in manufacturing We are implementing digital solutions throughout our operations, including AI-powered prescriptive maintenance, smart sensors, advanced data analytics, robotization and automation to achieve resource efficiency. This enables efficient runnability and lower waste from our machines.

Breakthrough Technology

We believe that breakthrough technology is pivotal for decarbonization. By mobilizing internal teams and cooperating externally with research institutes and leading technology partners, Essity is taking responsibility for driving a sustainable net zero transition.

We build test labs and show proof-of-concept for ground-breaking ideas to accelerate the necessary transition of manufacturing. We have already shown that we can scale up breakthrough technology by developing the first integrated tissue mill in the world to start large-scale production of tissue from wheat straw.

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