Smurfit Kappa announced a multi-million euro investment into a new technology at its Nettingsdorf Paper Mill in Austria to reduce CO₂ emissions and increases the production.
According to the announcement, the project consists of building a state-of-the-art recovery boiler by 2020 and a new steam turbine by 2022. This equipment is expected to reinforce the industry-leading position that Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf currently holds, by virtue of having the lowest energy consumption in the paper industry.
The new boiler will produce energy out of biomass, reducing CO₂ emissions at the Nettingsdorf mill by 40,000 tonnes, which represents a 1.5% reduction in Smurfit Kappa Group’s total CO₂ emissions. Smurfit Kappa recently announced in its 2016 Sustainability Development Report that it has already cut CO₂ emissions by 23%, well on the way to meeting its 2020 target of 25%.
Günter Hochrathner, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf, commented:
“This is a very positive step for the mill. The new boiler and turbine will help us to become even more efficient, which in turn will benefit both our people and the wider community. Nettingsdorf Paper Mill has a long history in the area and this investment in technology secures the long-term future of the mill.
At Smurfit Kappa, we believe in sustainability in every fibre because, by taking a sustainable approach to every aspect of our company and products, we become more efficient. This new development will enable us to ensure the long-term supply of the high-quality, sustainable container board our customers expect from us.”
Nettingsdorf has been producing paper since 1851. The annual production for its two main products Nettingsdorfer KRAFTLINER brown (KB) and CEILING PAPER (TDP) amounts to 450ktpa.
Earlier Smurfit Kappa opened a new Experience Centre in the US.
About Smurfit Kappa:
The company is a leading provider of paper-based packaging. It has around 41,000 employees in approximately 350 production sites across 32 countries in Europe and the Americas.