Efficiency

With innovation and ingenuity, we are making our mills eco-effective worldwide — reducing waste, emissions and maximising material and resource use at every opportunity. At Ehingen mill in Germany, we achieved a big eco-effective ‘win’ in 2019 by substantially increasing the amount of pulp we produce at the mill instead of purchasing it on the market.
For 10 years the wastewater had been running hot from the bleachery at our Stockstadt Pulp Mill in Bavaria, Germany. Where others just saw heat, however, Kai von Groddeck saw opportunity. As a mechanical engineer, he knew he could transform this wasted heat into a new energy source for the mill. 
Since we don’t own forestland in Europe, we work closely with our partners to uphold our responsible sourcing practices and encourage sustainable forestry. Our wood sourcing partners are Sapin in Belgium, proNARO in Germany, Papierholz in Austria and Metsä Forest in Finland. Market Pulp is also sourced from external suppliers based in Europe and the Americas. 
A multi-pronged response to climate change
Climate change can stress forests and plantations through higher mean annual temperatures, altered precipitation patterns and more frequent and extreme weather conditions.
High demand for a high-performance fluting grade, UltraFlute, produced at Tugela Mill, increased the internal requirements for high-quality neutral sulphite semi-chemical (NSCC) pulp from the semi-chemical cooking process.
Turning a challenge into an opportunity
The South African energy sector is heavily dependent on coal and 150 years of intensive coal mining have produced about a billion tons of discarded thermal-grade coal fines. These can potentially cause environmental and health problems.
A doubly sweet solution
At Sappi, we're cultivating more value and purpose from every tree. Together with our partners in South Africa, we're building a thriving world by unlocking the power of renewable resources. 
A powerful new approach
Climate change is here to stay and the search is on for sources of renewable energy. This is where the 25 MW Ngodwana Energy biomass power plant at Ngodwana Mill comes in.
In manufacturing, we use every input to the greatest degree by integrating flow loops into key stages of the process.
Our influence and impact extend beyond our mill gates—Click here to learn about the life cycle of graphic papers.

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