Stora Enso publishes new framework for green and sustainability-linked financing

Stora Enso has launched a combined Green and Sustainability-Linked Financing Framework to further integrate sustainability into its funding and financing activities.

The framework is based on Stora Enso’s sustainability agenda and goals, driving the transformation towards a circular bioeconomy. The combined Green and Sustainability-Linked Financing Framework allows Stora Enso to issue both green and sustainability-linked financing instruments, as well as a combination of the two.

The green financing element of the framework comprises of the following six eligible asset categories: sustainable forest management, sustainable product processes, energy efficiency, renewable energy and waste to energy, sustainable water management, and waste management and pollution control. The categories are designed to promote the transition towards a low-carbon and environmentally sustainable society in accordance with Stora Enso’s sustainability agenda. The sustainability-linked financing element specifies key performance indicators for Stora Enso’s performance on climate change, biodiversity and circularity.

Stora Enso has set an ambitious goal of offering 100% regenerative solutions by 2050. Being regenerative means providing renewable and fully circular products and solutions that help reduce climate impact and support biodiversity restoration. In terms of biodiversity, Stora Enso commits to achieving a net-positive impact on biodiversity in its own forests and plantations through active biodiversity management. For climate, Stora Enso has set an interim science-based target to halve its greenhouse gas emissions in own production and value chain by 2030 from the 2019 baseline.

“We are pleased to further reinforce the connection between our sustainability agenda and financing strategy, demonstrating our strong commitment to creating value in the bioeconomy. With this framework, we transparently disclose the progress we are making to maximise our positive impact on the society, thus enabling investors to support our renewable materials journey,” says Kaarlo Höysniemi, SVP Group Treasury.

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