Table linking to TCFD disclosures

Stora Enso Oyj – Annual report – 31 December 2021

Industry: forestry

Climate-related financial disclosures (TCFD)

The Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommends a framework for disclosing climate-related risks and opportunities that goes beyond current practices. In the online index table, we list our disclosures with reference to TCFD recommendations, and refer to those locations where these issues are addressed in our annual reporting. The location references are complemented in the index with additional information, as necessary.

Scenario analysis in 2021

The TCFD recommendations encourage companies to use a scenario analysis to help ensure that their strategies are resilient to climate change in a range of possible future states. Leading practice shows that this is best approached by breaking down the full scope of scenario analysis into a set of smaller scopes considering asset type and geography, and to apply prioritisation in conducting the full scenario analysis.

In 2020, Stora Enso developed a scenario analysis with the qualitative assessment of the physical climate impacts on the Nordic forests and the Group’s business until 2050.

This work was based on the Business-As-Usual scenario by the International Panel for Climate Change (RCP 8.5 scenario) that would deliver a temperature increase of 4–5 degrees by the end of the century. The climate change attributes considered are pests, diseases, droughts, wildfires, floods, periods of frost, water scarcity, changes to precipitation patterns, rise in sea level and changing temperatures. In 2021, the work with physical climate impacts continued by a deeper analysis of measures improving resiliency of the forests against the negative impacts of global warming. Results show that sustainable forest management practices as well as possibilities to monitor and to react to events such as forest fires and diseases, play an important role in mitigating the negative impacts of climate change.

During 2021, Stora Enso assessed a business impact scenario for 2030 according to the global transition required to limit the global average temperature increase in line with the Paris agreement of 1.5 degrees (RCP 1.9). The assessment was done based on the TCFD transition categories as part of the Group’s annual strategy process.

The work concluded that the overall transition to a low carbon, circular bioeconomy is well aligned with Stora Enso’s strategy. The Group’s strategy is to provide sustainable, renewable alternatives to fossil-based solutions, presenting attractive growth opportunities going forward. The Group’s innovation, product development and investments in energy and raw material efficiency also help customers to reach their climate targets as well as meet consumer demands for low-carbon products.

The scenario work also showed that potential new regulations and market mechanisms motivated by the ambitions to limit climate change and its effects on the society and environment could impact Stora Enso’s operating costs by limiting wood harvesting volumes or forest management practices as well as increasing greenhouse gas emission costs and energy prices. Sustainable product initiatives and requirements may also have an impact on the Group’s future market access, product demand growth and product development requirements.

During 2022, Stora Enso plans to further integrate TCFD recommendations into the strategy and enterprise risk management processes.

Corporate governance in Stora Enso

Stora Enso complies with the Finnish Corporate Governance Code 2020 issued by the Securities Market Association (the “Code”). The Code is available at cgfinland.fi. Stora Enso also complies with the Swedish Corporate Governance Code (“Swedish Code”), with the exception of the deviations listed in Appendix 1 of the Corporate Governance part of this report. The deviations are due to differences between Swedish and Finnish legislation, governance code rules and practices, and in these cases Stora Enso follows the practice in its domicile. The Swedish Code is issued by the Swedish Corporate Governance Board and is available at corporategovernanceboard.se.

Online index table

Climate-related financial disclosures (TCFD)