New recovery boilerIggesund reduces carbon emissionsIggesund Paperboard’s Swedish pulp and paperboard production facility, Iggesund Mill, reduced its fossil carbon dioxide emissions by 86% from 2013 to 2014 from what was already a low level. The reduction is partly due to the investment in a new recovery boiler, which was completed in 2012.
The new recovery boiler at Iggesund Mill reduced emissions of sulphur and particulates and enabled the mill to operate on 99.1% biofuel during 2014“It always takes time to finetune a new piece of equipment and we’ve
also made some smaller investments to optimize our return from the
recovery boiler,” explains Olov Winblad von Walter, manager of Iggesund
Mill. “Now we’re getting close to achieving the potential we expected.”
mill’s environmental improvements are not limited to carbon dioxide.
Emissions of sulphur have also been cut by 82%, nitrogen oxides by 19%
and particulates by 90% – all compared with 2011, which was the last
year the old recovery boiler was operating. A conscious decision on
operating strategy and investments in process stages that previously
used fossil fuel oil have also contributed to the radical reductions in
Iggesund Mill is not the only component of
the Holmen Group to succeed with its environmental work. Between 2013
and 2014 carbon dioxide emissions for a tonne of manufactured paperboard
and paper products within the Group were cut from 123 kilos to 67
kilos. This is almost 50% and demonstrates clearly that the Group has
taken yet another step to reduce the climate impact of its own
In recent years the Holmen Group has received a
number of awards for its work on sustainability. In 2014 Iggesund was
given the Bio Strategy of the Year award by the industry organization
PPI. The Holmen Group was also included on the Carbon Disclosure
Project’s list of the 187 global companies that are leaders in the
battle to tame the climate threat.
In 2013 Iggesund also
commissioned a biomass CHP plant at the company’s Workington Mill in the
UK. By switching its energy source from fossil fuel to biomass in a
single step, the mill eliminated almost all the fossil carbon emissions
from its production process. At the Iggesund Mill in Sweden, bioenergy
supplied 99.1% of the energy used in the production process during 2014.
Today the emissions from all paperboard production within the Holmen
Group are within a few tenths of 1% of being fully fossil-free.