Forests

Sappi Southern Africa holds a 30% stake in Ngodwana Energy, a 25 MW biomass energy plant at Ngodwana Mill. The plant, which came on stream in March 2022, uses biomass recovered from surrounding plantations and screened waste material from the mill production process. Up to 35 tonnes an hour of biomass is burned in a boiler to generate steam and drive a turbine to generate electricity which is fed into the national grid. Some questions have been raised about the environmental sustainability of the project, which we have answered here.
Talking to Tyrone Hawkes, Sappi Southern Africa’s Vice President for Strategy and Business Development about Ngodwana Energy, a 25 MW biomass energy plant at Ngodwana Mill in which Sappi Southern Africa holds a 30% stake. The plant, which came on stream in March 2022, uses biomass recovered from surrounding plantations and screened waste material from the mill production process.
Forests cover almost a third of the global land area, and harbour most of the terrestrial biodiversity. We’re committed to being part of the solution to conserve biodiversity and restore nature in forests. This FAQ explains why and how.
Climate change has exacerbated the potential for forest fires. At Sappi, we practise sustainable forestry with fire risk management systems in place to ensure forestlands remain forested in South Africa and everywhere we operate.
Together with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, we're weeding out poverty.
The Eucalypts are the world’s most valuable and most widely planted commercial plantation tree genus. Discover why and how with Sappi in South Africa in this FAQ.
Paper is a renewable and recyclable material that can be a responsible choice in your print and digital media mix. This FAQ shows how with a focus on Southern Africa where Sappi was born in 1936.
While we do not plant or process any genetically modified trees on our plantations in South Africa, we recognise that it may be a potential method to adapt our future plantations to a changing climate. This FAQ describes our breeding programmes today and research.
Forests hold solutions for so many pressing global challenges, including water scarcity and drought. This FAQ explores how with Eucalypts and Pine trees in South Africa.
At our mills, we're on a continuous journey to reduce waste and maximise material and resource use at every opportunity. Discover how with biofuels, a growing source of renewable energy for Sappi worldwide.

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