Essity starts testing of first CO2 emission-free large-scale tissue production
Hygiene and health company Essity’s tissue production facility in Lilla Edet, Sweden wants to become the world’s first large-scale tissue facility with fossil carbon dioxide (CO2) emission-free production. By completely replacing natural gas with biomethane, the production facility will reduce its fossil CO2 emissions to zero during normal operations.
By 2030, Essity aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent for its energy and electricity use, within the company, and for purchased electricity, compared with the base year 2016. The target was approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative in 2018.
Up until 2020, emissions have been reduced by 11 percent compared with the base year.
The ambition for our production facility in Lilla Edet, Sweden, to be the world’s first tissue mill with emission-free production, is another example of Essity setting the future standards for sustainable tissue manufacturing. Supported by several successful shorter tests, we will now run the mill emission-free for a longer period. We can then take the knowledge gained and explore using it in our other production facilities, said Donato Giorgio, President Global Manufacturing at Essity.
After successful shorter tests during the beginning of 2021, the Lilla Edet facility will conduct a longer test run replacing natural gas with liquefied biomethane (LBG) as energy for producing Tork branded and consumer tissue products such as Lotus.