Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has started an environmental impact assessment (EIA) procedure for a folding boxboard mill it is planning to build in Kaskinen, Finland.
The company submitted an EIA programme to the South Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) on 22 December 2022 in accordance with the Act on Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure. The programme is open for public comment and opinion from 12.01.2023 to 10.02.2023.
The EIA procedure addresses the environmental impacts of Metsä Board’s folding boxboard mill planned on the existing mill site in Kaskinen. The results of the impact assessment will be considered in the project’s ongoing planning and decision-making process. The assessment will provide information to support decision making, increase citizens’ access to information and their opportunities to influence the process.
The ELY Centre will make the EIA programme prepared by Metsä Board available to the public for 30 days for comments and opinions starting on 12 January. During this period, the assessment programme will be available on the internet at www.ymparisto.fi/kaskinenkartonkitehdasYVA and at the following locations:
- Kaskinen Town Hall
- Närpiö Town Hall
- Kristiinankaupunki Town Hall
A public information and discussion meeting on the project will be held on Tuesday 24 January 2023 at 5–7pm at the Bladh building at Cneiffinpolku 1, Kaskinen. It is also possible to attend the public meeting via a Teams link. The link can be found at http://www.ymparisto.fi/kaskinenkartonkitehdasYVA before the meeting.
Metsä Board has started pre-engineering for the new folding boxboard mill in Kaskinen. The planning is based on fossil free production and world-class resource and production efficiency. Metsä Board estimates that a possible investment decision can be made at the earliest in 2024.
Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards. We focus on lightweight and high-quality folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. The pure fresh fibres we use in our products are a renewable and recyclable resource, that can be traced back to sustainably managed northern forests. We are a forerunner in sustainability, and we aim to have completely fossil free mills and raw materials by the end of 2030.
Together with our customers we develop innovative packaging solutions to create better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. In 2021 our sales totaled EUR 2.1 billion, and we have around 2,400 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.
Metsä Group leads the way in the bioeconomy. We invest in growth, developing bioproducts and a fossil free future. The raw material for our products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. We focus on the growth sectors of the forest industry: wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards, and tissue and greaseproof papers.
Metsä Group’s annual sales is approximately EUR 6 billion, and we have around 9,500 employees in 30 countries. Our international Group has its roots in the Finnish forest: our parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative owned by nearly 100,000 forest owners.
Source: Metsä Board