Pulp & paper working group

Research shows that by 2050 the consumption of paper will double. With the pressure to substitute plastic for paper, this number could grow even higher. While more than 20 companies already publicly committed to set emissions reduction targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), determining how to take direct action has been complicated by a number of barriers.

This Working Group is designed to test the applicability of the Value Change Guidance documents and concepts in context of Pulp & Paper value chains. It provides participants with an opportunity to build capacity on how to Scope 3 and achieve their ambitious targets while collectively paving the way for meaningful change in their sector.

Objective & outcome

The objective of this Working Group is to identify challenges faced by reporting companies in the Pulp & Paper sector and ensure Value Change Guidance documents and concepts support the realities and complexities from the ground.

The Working Group will also bring opportunities for participants to implement interventions in shared value chains and prepare for pilot verification and certification trajectories on the ground (optional).

An extension of the Value Change guidance outlining sector-specific gaps, challenges, and solutions still required to tackle Scope 3 emissions in Pulp & Paper value chains will be produced by the Group as a final output.

Approach & timeline

Working Groups are structured in 5 thematic sessions (online and in-person) and follow an action-learning approach designed to help participants further their understanding of Guidance concepts, identify (potential) application challenges and collectively define solutions to address them.

Sessions are focused on participants interacting with each other. By sharing their own strategy and interventions as well as the challenges or issues they may face during implementation, participants learn from each other, collectively identify sector-specific gaps or concepts that need adjustments and develop shared conclusions.


Participation fee for the Working Group is €20,000 ($20,000). It grants Implementation Partner access to the VCI and allows for two participants per company to join. Companies may also bring in a supporting consultant under their participation fee. 

Implementation Partners have additional access to the VCI platform, updates, webinars and cross-sector labs. Benefits also include profiling opportunities, joint communication activities and discounted certification fees for pilots that could follow from application of the developed Guidance.