Co-creating a shift from coal to renewables at Gratkorn Mill

The recently modernised multi-fuel boiler at Gratkorn Mill is now fuelled by biomass and natural gas. The goal is to finally use only renewable and clean energy.

The world needs urgent action to limit climate change. At Sappi we’re doing our part by decarbonising our global business in our mills like in Gratkorn in Austria, our largest production site in Europe. “Our path to decarbonisation at Gratkorn requires marshalling the expertise and ingenuity of our people and partners like never before”, says Max Oberhumer, Mill Director. "Boiler 11 is the latest proof of our promise, with an investment of EUR 35 million that will reduce our carbon footprint by almost 30 per cent."

Producing pulp and paper is an energy-intensive process that historically at Gratkorn Mill was partially dependent on coal, explains Power Plant Manager, Anton Mercina. Coal that the world is now working to shift away from to limit climate change. Using state-of-the-art technology, the recently modernised coal boiler at Gratkorn is now fuelled by biomass and natural gas. The goal is to finally use only renewable and clean energy. This transition will also make us more energy independent during these uncertain times in the energy market.

Sappi mills across Europe, North America and Southern Africa are equally ambitious on our global decarbonisation journey. No matter the location, we #CoCreate solutions by bringing together the brilliance of technology, the power of nature and the creativity of people.