Gratkorn mill boiler upgrade steps Sappi closer to climate neutrality
Brussels, Belgium - As part of Sappi’s global long-term commitment to sustainability and climate action, a decision has been reached to invest in a complete modernization of boiler 11 at the Gratkorn production site.
The investment into state-of-the-art technology will see a shift from a coal boiler to a multi-fuel boiler in two phases with the goal to use only sustainable and renewable fuels. Expected completion is in late 2021.
“The rebuild is an important investment in our sustainable pulp and paper production and a further important contribution to climate protection. It allows Gratkorn mill to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30 % and is a big commitment to boosting the de-carbonization of our sector,” said Berry Wiersum, CEO Sappi Europe.
The investment is part of an overall larger scale de-carbonization strategy for Sappi Europe, which in the near term seeks to deliver a 25% specific greenhouse gas reduction by 2025. The chosen project technology will see Sappi sharply reduce dust and NOX emissions.
In June 2020, Sappi Limited committed to set science-based targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The SBTi is a collaborative venture amongst CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Gratkorn is the largest production site within Sappi Europe and manufactures high-quality, coated wood-free paper for the printing and writing market distributing globally. Sappi has realized several investments over the years, which have kept the Gratkorn site technologically ahead with its facilities housing one of the largest and most advanced coated fine paper production lines in the world.