Collaborating to find urgent ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigate the effects of global warming is a universal challenge. So too, is addressing rising social inequality. In South Africa, the official unemployment rate is approximately 30%, with unofficial estimates suggesting it’s much higher. Against this backdrop, as a collective, we need to reshape our thinking about energy and social uplift.
Sappi Southern Africa is promoting the use of climate-smart renewable energy through a 30% stake in Ngodwana Energy, with consortium partners KC Africa and African Rainbow Energy and Power holding the remainder of the stake. The partners have established a 25 MW biomass energy unit at the mill.
Planet: The project, which is situated at the Ngodwana Mill site, exemplifies the principles of the circular economy:
With this project, Sappi has become one of only a few companies in South Africa to embark on a biomass energy project.