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Essity launches green hydrogen pilot for CO2-free tissue production

Sweden-headed global hygiene and health company Essity AB is launching a pilot project to run a paper machine carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions-free by using green hydrogen instead of fossil gas in the company’s production facility in Mainz-Kostheim, Germany.

Essity AB is launching a pilot project to run a paper machine carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions-free by using green hydrogen instead of fossil gas in the company’s production facility in Mainz-Kostheim, Germany. The mill has three paper machines with a combined annual production capacity of 152 000 tonnes of hygiene paper (photo courtesy Essity).

Essity is launching a pilot project to use green hydrogen in its production processes. The Essity site in Mainz-Kostheim is testing to what extent green hydrogen can replace natural gas in the tissue production process without compromising on the high product quality.

Following the necessary installations and the re-build of the paper machine, Essity will gradually add green hydrogen to its energy supply. It is planned to run the drying hood of the paper machine on 100 percent green hydrogen by autumn 2022.

We will be the first in the world to use green hydrogen for tissue production. This is a clear commitment towards our ambitious climate agenda and a big step towards a decarbonized society. We are creating a sustainable process that is setting a new benchmark for the industry, said Magnus Groth, President, and CEO, Essity.

The project is the first of this magnitude in the paper industry. Essity’s investment in the green hydrogen pilot project amounts to EUR 4 million and will contribute to Essity’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

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