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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.
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Speaking at the 15th World Forestry Congress, held in Seoul (Korea), from 02 to 06 May 2022, Sappi Forests Vice President Duane Roothman, shone a light on South African commercial forestry plantations.
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.
Before the Sappi team stepped in, the recovery furnaces were prone to scale build-up at our Ngodwana Mill in South Africa. With their innovation and ingenuity, our mill is now more eco-effective.
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.
We talk to Wynand De Swardt about our transition to solar-powered heating at our Ngodwana nursery in South Africa.
SMEs are a vital engine of the economy, creating jobs and enabling inclusive growth. Promoting their development is just one of the ways we’re contributing to a thriving, more sustainable world.
Supporting the health and wellbeing of Sappi people and the communities where we operate is a top priority for our company.
The Covid-19 pandemic did have some silver linings. For the apprentices at our Skills Centres, it inspired the creation of a new business to supply reusable cloth masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) in South Africa.
We empower people at Sappi Skills Centres to succeed in jobs and enterprises of tomorrow, not just today.

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