Our path to decarbonisation requires marshalling the expertise and ingenuity of our European operations like never before. But it is a challenge that our teams are embracing with enthusiasm and steadfast determination. Sappi Europe’s recently launched Decarbonisation Roadmap is the latest expression of this bold effort.
The Roadmap lays out ambitious initiatives to reduce emissions and maximise material and resource use in our nine mills across Europe. It reflects over 80 projects, which will be prioritized and implemented throughout the 2021-2025 period.
The Roadmap is currently scoped for projects occurring in the next five years. In the coming years it will be extended to 2030 and then beyond as new project ideas are developed and new insights and technologies become available.
So, what do these projects involve exactly on the road to decarbonisation? The Roadmap has three main priorities for action.
This is where the biggest impact in emission reductions is possible. By exiting coal in the three mills that still partially use this fuel, we will shift to using to carbon neutral biomass or natural gas..
We´ve committed to procure more green electricity from the grid where it is available. This will reduce our Scope 2 emissions, especially at our three mills in Germany.
All nine mills will embark on “eco-effective” projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions on an ongoing basis, investing in state-of-the-art technology and processes.
One of the first milestones in the roadmap was reached in 2020 with our decision to upgrade Boiler 11 at Gratkorn Mill in Austria. This project will realize a shift from a coal boiler to a multi-fuel boiler in two phases with the goal to finally use only sustainable and renewable fuels.
In the context of mitigating climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, this 10-year period ahead is known as the Decade of Action. Sappi Europe's Sustainability Manager, Sarah Price explains:
"Our decarbonisation Roadmap gives us clarity on where to focus, and helps set our trajectory towards a low-carbon future. It’s a dynamic process which underscores the importance of energy system transformation, breakthrough technologies and collaboration to further illuminate the path from 2030 to 2050.”