Metsä Tissue complete switch to biomass process heat in Sweden
Metsä Tissue, part of Finland-headed forest industry major Metsä Group, has over the last five years invested approximately EUR 30 million into sustainable biomass heat generation at its Swedish tissue mills. As a result, the Metsä Tissue mills in Mariestad, Pauliström and Nyboholm, are now using fossil free and carbon dioxide (CO2) neutral steam generation in tissue production.
Energy-wise future is built on the renewables – also in tissue production where the drying phase is heat intensive. Therefore we have invested in bioenergy in all our Swedish mills. We started to operate the new bio boiler in our Nyboholm mill in late 2017. Earlier we have been using partly fossil fuels for heat generation, but now the new boiler has enabled us to move to 100 percent biofuels, meaning bark, sawdust, wood chips and other wood-based fuels as well as sludge that is a production side stream from using recovered paper in our mills. Going forward, oil is used only as a reserve fuel for exceptional circumstances to ensure production continuity, explained Mark Watkins, Senior Vice-President Consumer Nordics.
The biomass boiler investments, one in Pauliström, two in Mariestad and now the latest one in Nyboholm, all support Metsä Group’s target to reduce fossil CO2 emissions in production.
In Sweden, we produce Lambi and Serla products for households and Katrin products for the away-from-home segment, and our products bring hygiene and wellbeing to millions of people each day. We are also a responsible employer and local manufacturer, and sustainability has a fundamental role in everything we do. Consumers are more and more aware of the sustainability topics, which is a good thing for us, as Metsä is a forerunner in sustainable bio-economy, said Watkins.