Enviromental Protection

CMPC owns and manages more than 1 million hectares of land, close to 700,000 ha of which are covered in forest plantations essential to CMPC operations. In these lands, as well as in our industrial facilities and centers, our efforts are centered around minimizing our impact on the environment which is the main resource for our business.

CMPC's commitment to protecting the environment and our planet is formalized in its Environmental Policy and Climate Change Policy, both approved by the Board of Directors.  

In addition, in 2019 CMPC set 4 specific environmental goals:

Environmental Goals

Climate Change
Reduce by 50%(1) absolute
greenhouse gas emissions(2)
by 2030

Reduce by 25%(1) industrial
use of water per ton produced
by 2025

Zero waste to landfill by

Conservation & Restoration
Conserve/restore 100,000
hectares by 2030

Forest Plantations​

All of CMPC forest plantations, which span across Chile, Brazil and Argentina, are managed sustainably. In Chile and Brazil, plantations are certified by CERTFOR/PEFC and FSC for sustainable management and chain of custody, while in Argentina the Company adheres to ISO 140001 standards. Our work as custodians includes river basin management, reforestation and restoration as well as the protection of biodiversity and conservation in areas of high conservation value. Since 2017, CMPC’s fire fighters and fire prevention teams await ready to meet the challenges of ever more complex summer seasons with high risk of wildfires. ​


All CMPC operations are carried out under the highest forest management standards. The Company plantations are managed, thinned and harvested proactively in conjunction with preventive measures against fires. Radiata Pine planting/replanting process in Chilean forests. Long-term research on forest hydrology has been permanently focused on learning more about the water cycle in the plantations.​

In the pulp business, the Santa Fe, Laja and Pacifico mills recycle an average of 45.8% due to the pulp conditions and processes. Moreover, Celulose Riograndense recycles a total of 84.7% of total water intake through cooling towers. The wood plants - Mulchén, Nacimiento and Bucalemo in Chile - recycle an average of 77% of its water intake for reuse in its processes.​

CMPC Tissue has implemented water reuse processes in its mills in Colombia, Mexico and Peru that recycle 50% of water intake in each of those plants.​

In the CMPC Papeles business, the Papeles Cordillera plant has a processes to recycle water, which re-circulates an estimated 202.6% of its water intake.​


CMPC gives priority to the generation of renewable energy with biomass, which is a Non-Conventional Renewable Energy (NCRE) and represents 79% of total energy consumption. Overall, CMPC generates 83.1% of its energy needs and sells some excess energy back to the grid. ​

In 2017, CMPC Pulp surpassed its goal to reduce by 20% the consumption of external energy input per unit of pulp produced by 2020, the so-called Energy Efficiency Plan 20/20. Since that year, CMPC has continuously been recognized by the Chilean Agency for Energy Efficiency for its commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrated concrete measures and improvements in the performance of its productive facilities. 

For the period 2019-2020, CMPC received a Gold Seal for all of its pulp mills in Chile as well as the Chillán sackraft mill and a Silver Seal for all Chilean Softys plants, the Bucalemu and Mulchen sawmills, and the Coronel millwork plant. 


CMPC strives to be part of the solution and not the problem when it comes to climate change. Understanding the impact of our entire value chain is the starting point for reducing our carbon footprint through capturing GHG gases in our forest plantations, auto-generation of biomass-based energy and the carbon contained in our products. ​

Waste Management​

CMPC is dedicated to constantly reducing waste by reusing and recycling materials and water where possible. In 2017, approximately 30% of solid waste was recycled, while 73% of water consumed was reused. ​

Paper Recycling – Fibras (ex Sorepa​)

CMPC promotes the use of recycled fiber through its subsidiary Fibras, the largest Chilean paper recycling company.

Many of CMPC products are manufacture largely with recycled fiber such as corrugated boxes which use over 90% recovered fiber from used boxes, while tissue paper products, paper bags, sackraft, molded pulp trays, paper bags and other products use a varying percentage of recycled fiber in their contents.​

Established in 1979, Fibras (ex Sorepa) is the largest paper and cardboard collection, treatment and recycling company in Chile. Additionally, it provides consulting and training to the companies willing to commit to responsible management of their paper-based waste.

Paper recycled in 2018​

305,000 tons

(1) Using 2018 consumption as a baseline
(2) Greenhouse gas emissions scope 1 and 2