Sappi Maastricht Mill Invests in Second E-Boiler to Further Reduce Emissions

Source: Sappi

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Sappi, a leading paper manufacturer, is taking a significant leap forward in sustainability with the announcement of a second e-boiler at its Maastricht mill in the Netherlands.

This investment builds upon the success of the first e-boiler implemented in 2021 and underscores Sappi's unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility.

The new e-boiler, expected to be up and running by the end of 2025, is projected to make a substantial impact on the mill's carbon footprint. By replacing natural gas with electric steam generation, Sappi anticipates a reduction in CO2 emissions of 14% by 2026 and a staggering 30% by 2030. This significant decrease is achieved by utilizing electricity sourced primarily from renewable sources like solar and wind power.

One of the most innovative aspects of the e-boiler technology is its ability to seamlessly switch between natural gas and renewable energy sources. This flexibility is crucial in the Netherlands, where wind and solar power are heavily relied upon, but can be unpredictable. During times of low renewable energy availability, the mill can effortlessly switch to natural gas to maintain stable operations. Conversely, when there's an abundance of renewable energy on the grid, the e-boilers can take center stage, further reducing reliance on fossil fuels. This adaptability doesn't just benefit Sappi; it also contributes to stabilizing the wider electricity grid for other users.

The impressive functionality of the e-boilers extends to their rapid response time. They can switch between energy sources within a mere five minutes, ensuring exceptional adaptability to fluctuating energy conditions. This investment in e-boiler technology is just one of 80 projects Sappi has embarked on in its comprehensive decarbonisation initiative. By implementing a multitude of sustainability-focused strategies, Sappi is actively working towards a greener future.

This innovative technology not only reduces the company's environmental impact but also paves the way for a more sustainable future for the paper industry as a whole.