Environmental impact is reduced by the amount of energy, and also by the type of energy consumed. We have made significant efforts to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and increase our renewable energy usage, thereby reducing fossil-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
We continue to invest in projects aimed at achieving this, amongst others:
Biomass-derived energy project at Ngodwana Mill, South Africa
Sappi has a 30% stake in a 25 MW biomass energy unit at Ngodwana Mill which falls under the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) and which is expected to contribute to the national grid from July 2020. The project will use biomass recovered from surrounding plantations and screened waste material from the mill production process. The power plant will burn up to 35 tons per hour of biomass in a boiler to generate steam and drive a turbine to generate electricity which will be fed into the national grid. Sappi already contributes to the national grid by selling surplus energy from Ngodwana Mill to the state power utility, Eskom.
With this project, Sappi has become one of only a few companies in South Africa to embark on a biomass energy project.