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Improvements Over Time

The WWF Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) started in its current form in 2010 and has evolved since in scope, regional reach and format.

Increase in scope and participation

  • EPCI 2010: 5 participants disclosing production in the category fine paper only (in alphabetical order: Domtar Mondi, M-Real, Stora Enso, UPM)
  • EPCI 2011: 15 participants disclosing 19 product categories in fine paper, tissue and packaging (in alphabetical order: Arjowiggins Graphic, Burgo, Cascades, Domtar, Fedrigoni, Korsnäs, Metsä Tissue, Mondi, M-real, Renova, SCA, Sofidel, Stora Enso, Suzano, UPM)
  • EPCI 2013: 25 participants disclosing 40 product categories in graphic paper, newsprint, packaging, tissue and pulp; together they produce 14 per cent of the world´s paper and board and 14 per cent of the world’s pulp. See their results here.

Increase in regional reach

The WWF Environmental Paper Company Index aims to increase participation from all regions of the world. The EPCI 2013 has participation from (headquarter locations):
  • 5 North American companies
  • 5 South/Central American companies
  • 2 Asian companies
  • 1 (South) African company
  • 12 European companies

Company improvements between
2011 and 2013

Due to changes in the questionnaire after consultation with past EPCI participants the overall and section scores of the EPCI 2011 and 2013 are not directly comparable!

However, WWF has been able to track progress of companies on some more detailed and comparable issues. WWF obtained agreement from the companies below to publicly highlight the following significant improvements.

Between the EPCI 2011 and EPCI 2013: 
  • Arjowiggins (Graphic paper) increased recycling and FSC levels as well as reduced GHG emissions.
  • Domtar (Graphic paper) increased FSC virgin fibre use and decreased GHG emissions
  • Metsä (Graphic paper) reduced waste to landfill, water use and energy consumption 
  • Metsä (Tissue) reduced waste and GHG emissions
  • SCA (Tissue) increased recycled fibre use and decreased GHG emissions, water use and waste to landfill
  • Sofidel (Tissue) reduced GHG emissions
  • UPM (Graphic paper) reduced GHG emissions and waste 
GHG emissions mentioned above are direct site level emissions (scope 1)

The future of the WWF EPCI

The Index has evolved to put more emphasis on transparency and continual improvement in the entire sector than on comparisons. The WWF Environmental Paper Company Index will continue to be highlighted publicly biannually. 

More about WWF´s EPCI

WWF tools to support pulp and paper producers on their sustainability path

Join the WWF EPCI

Set a signal on the importance of transparency and continual improvement. The Index now allows companies to be assessed on an ongoing basis prior to the next EPCI in 2015. Contact the WWF Paper Team!

Limits in Comparison

The overall and section scores are not directly comparable between the EPCI 2011 and EPCI 2013
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