The UK’s papermaking industry has smashed its energy-saving targets for the two-year period from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016. All 45 of the UK’s paper mills take part in the voluntary Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme, launched in 2001, which gifts mills partial relief from the Climate Change Levy (CCL) tax in response for them delivering proven energy efficiency improvements. The paper sector was one of the first to agree to the CCA and by 2006 all mills had signed up. For the two-year period in question, the sector’s agreed target was to deliver a 7.1% improvement on 2008’s figure, and it actually improved by just shy of 10% (9.7%). Performance is defined in terms of a specific set of energy efficiency measurements mostly related to the use of electricity. Click Read More below for more of the story.
Smurfit Kappa has begun operating a sophisticated Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) to reduce emissions and increase the profitability of its Townsend Hook Paper Mill in Kent.
The new CHP, which provides steam and electricity for the paper machine, will slash the mill’s carbon footprint by at least 15%. Earlier this year, Smurfit Kappa reported reaching its fossil CO2 emission reduction target three years ahead of schedule.
The multi-million-pound investment in the mill has also increased the capabilities of the Townsend Hook paper machine to meet the growing demand in the UK and Ireland for lightweight containerboard. This is used to make corrugated packaging which is sought after in a growing number of applications due to its renewable, recyclable and sustainable nature.
Speaking about the enhancements to the mill, Jelte Bouma, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Recycled Paper West, said: “We are delighted to have started operating the new CHP in Townsend Hook a month ahead of schedule.
“The increased capability and efficiencies will help us to deliver an even better service to customers. The environmental benefits associated with the new project are also in line with the wider strategic sustainability priorities of Smurfit Kappa.”
The Townsend Hook Paper Mill is one of a European network of Smurfit Kappa paper mills which are all connected by a single, optimized supply chain system.