Sustainability

Reintroducing South Africa’s most endangered tree into communities
Endemic to the forests of Southern Africa (Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe), the Pepper-bark tree (Warburgia salutaris) is considered Endangered at the global level according to the IUCN Red List.
Creating spaces to connect with nature
Nature reserves are becoming more and more important in an increasingly urbanised world. Only by spending time in protected places do we have a sense of how rich in birds, flowers and insects our countryside could be.
Managing for biodiversity
Sappi owns and leases 390,000 hectares (ha) of land of which 255,000 ha is planted and all of which is FSC-certified. The remaining 135,000 ha is conserved by Sappi Forests.
Variety: the spice of life and the answer to more sustainable plantations
We’re shifting from planting pure species to more productive, better adapted, and more pest and disease-resistant hybrid varieties of both hardwood and softwood trees.
Expanding forestry certification
Forests are fundamental to the well-being of people and the planet. They provide an economic resource for approximately 1.6 billion people.
Turning a challenge into an opportunity
The South African energy sector is heavily dependent on coal and 150 years of intensive coal mining have produced about a billion tons of discarded thermal-grade coal fines. These can potentially cause environmental and health problems.
A doubly sweet solution
At Sappi, we're cultivating more value and purpose from every tree. Together with our partners in South Africa, we're building a thriving world by unlocking the power of renewable resources. 
Sappi ReFibre: following the principles of reduce, recover, re-use – and capacitate
Sappi ReFibre, Sappi Southern Africa’s secondary fibre division, sources used paper products from an extensive network of agents across the Southern African region as well as from waste producers.
Cross-functional, pro-active collaboration at Stanger Mill
COVID-19 led to the closure of borders, airports and trading ports. And this, in turn, led to the shutting down of almost all the supply chain channels for the sale of printing and writing paper, to a point where Stanger Mill was forced to take commercial downtime.
A powerful new approach
Climate change is here to stay and the search is on for sources of renewable energy. This is where the 25 MW Ngodwana Energy biomass power plant at Ngodwana Mill comes in.

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