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By being resource efficient, we reduce our climate impact throughout the value chain. We continuously endeavor to improve our energy efficiency and reduce the climate impact of our products, for example, by investing in new technology at our production facilities.
Here are a few examples of from around the world on how we work with making our reduction more resource-efficient.
Essity replaced the dryer hoods in the tissue machine at its tissue plant in Cuijk in the Netherlands with a new, environmentally friendly technology. Energy efficiency has thereby increased by 10%, resulting in a reduction in CO2 emissions. The company also replaced natural gas with biofuel in the plant’s steam production.
These measures resulted in cost savings and an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of 13,000 ton.
Essity has invested EUR 7.7m in a new wastewater treatment technology in Mannheim, Germany. The new technology will reduce emissions of organic materials into effluent water (COD) by 20% and generate biogas to replace the use of natural gas as fuel, thereby cutting CO2 emissions by 4,000 tons per year. The new wastewater treatment technology will also reduce the volume of production waste and the use of chemicals, resulting in cost saving.
In 2017, Essity’s tissue plant in the Finnish town of Nokia built a partially closed water system by installing larger water tanks. This resulted in a reduction in water usage of 25% (700,000 m3). By reusing water that has already been heated, the plant can also save energy, leading to cost savings and lower CO2 emissions.