As the result of a detailed energy assessment and investments totalling €10.5M, Iggesund Paperboard is reducing its use of fossil fuel by 75 per cent. This will cut carbon dioxide emissions from fossil sources by three-quarters at Iggesunds Bruk, which makes the company’s flagship product, Invercote.
The reduction in CO2 emissions will be implemented in 2009 and will come from a combination of energy savings and investments in increased capacity for biofuel use.
“But our goal is even higher than this,” says Klas Simes, energy co-ordinator at Iggesunds Bruk. “We plan a gradual change-over so that we will ultimately not use any fossil fuel at all, and will also be self sufficient in electricity. We have a long term environmental programme, and environmental aspects are considered when making every investment decision.
“The huge rises in energy costs in recent years have focused attention on this area. We’ve worked hard to achieve an intelligent solution that ensures our competitiveness – and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is just one result of that.”
Iggesund’s energy supply is based on heat from the company’s own production process plus electricity, almost half of which it also produces. Over 90 per cent of this electricity now comes from biofuel, while Iggesunds Bruk produces a surplus of heat which is used in the production process, to dry timber in a nearby sawmill and to heat nearby homes.
“We could be self sufficient in electricity and independent of fossil fuel within the fairly near future,” Klas Simes concludes.
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