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Sappi to phase out coal with Gratkorn boiler rebuild

In Austria, Sappi Europe, part of South Africa-headed pulp and paper major Sappi Ltd has announced that a decision has been reached to invest in a complete modernization of boiler 11 at the Sappi Europe Gratkorn production site. This investment into state-of-the-art technology will see 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.

Sappi Europe, part of South Africa-headed pulp and paper major Sappi Ltd is investing in a complete modernization of boiler 11 at the Sappi Europe Gratkorn Mill production site in Austria (photo courtesy Sappi Europe).

According to a statement, this investment, the value of which has not been disclosed, is part of an overall larger scale decarbonisation strategy for Sappi Europe, which in the near term seeks to deliver a 25 percent specific greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction by 2025. The chosen technology for the project will additionally allow Sappi to “sharply reduce” dust and NOx emissions.

The rebuild is an important investment in our sustainable pulp and paper production and a further important contribution to climate protection. It allows Gratkorn mill to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30 percent and is a big commitment to boosting the decarbonisation of our sector, said Berry Wiersum, CEO of Sappi Europe.

With almost 1 million tonnes-per-annum capacity, Sappi Gratkorn mill is the largest production site within Sappi Europe and manufactures high quality coated woodfree paper for the printing and writing market distributing globally.

Sappi has realized several investments over the years, which have kept the Gratkorn site technologically ahead with its facilities housing one of the largest and most advanced coated fine paper production lines in the world. The rebuild is expected to be complete in late 2021.

In June 2020, Sappi Ltd committed to set science-based targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The SBTi is a collaboration between the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and CDP, a UK-headed not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states, and regions to manage their environmental impacts – to validate whether companies’ decarbonisation targets are in line with the Paris Agreement (COP21).

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