Biomass plays an important role in the paper & packaging industry. The industry is the largest user of biomass because of its raw material needs. In addition it is also the largest and most efficient generator of energy based on biomass.
This is accomplished through extensive use of biomass boilers. These boilers are mainly fuelled by residual like bark, sawdust, thinnings and stumps. Most of these boilers are connected to the production of pulp and virgin fibre based paper.
In several countries, like Spain and France, governments support energy and fossil carbon saving projects connected to recycled paper mills.
Smurfit Kappa supports and actively participates in such projects. For instance the biomass boilers in Navarra in Spain and Cellulose du Pin in France. The steam turbine in Nervión in Spain is another example.
90% of Smurfit Kappa’s fuel consumption consists of either renewable fuel (biomass) or the relatively low CO2-emitting fossil fuel natural gas.
In 2012, 42% of all energy used was biomass based.