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10 Feb 2012

Energy reduction at paper mills in Austria and the Netherlands

10 February 2012 

Recognising 20 years of successful energy management, resulting in significant reductions in energy consumption relative to production


Nettingsdorfer paper mill (Austria)

In the last 20 years, Nettingsdorfer has made internationally recognised progress in the area of energy management and have identified significant potential for energy savings by thoroughly analysing the production process.

Continuous improvements and optimisations have resulted in a:

  • 50% reduction in fossil based CO2 emissions relative to production 

Although paper production has increased by 69% since 1990, the mill was able to achieve a:

  • 32% decrease in CO2 emissions from fossil fuels
  • 34% decrease in fuel consumption per tonne of paper.

These improvements are far greater than the reductions needed to meet the Kyoto and/or European emission reduction targets.


Roermond paper mill (Netherlands)

In 1989, a contract was signed between the Dutch government and the Dutch Paper Association with the goal of saving 20% of total energy per tonne of paper produced in 1998. Both primary energy (fuel consumption) and electricity taken were covered by this agreement. Our Roermond mill joined this initiative.

The second agreement, concerning primary energy, was signed between both partners with the goal that all Dutch paper mills should reach ‘best practice’ level in 2012.

Since 1989, the mill has significantly improved its energy performance relative to production by achieving a:

  • 31% decrease in energy consumption per tonne of paper
  • 32% decrease in CO2 emissions per tonne of paper.