Smurfit Kappa announces sustainable heating project in Austria
Smurfit Kappa announced that its paper mill in Nettingsdorf, Austria, has started a sustainable heating project that will benefit 20,000 homes in three local communities when completed.
The project involves capturing excess heat generated by the Nettingsdorf paper mill and transferring it to local homes, businesses and schools.
Günter Hochrathner, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf, said: “This project is another important step in promoting sustainability here at our factory in Nettingsdorf.
“We will capture waste heat in an innovative and efficient way to sustainably heat homes and businesses. We expect this will significantly reduce CO2 emissions from the surrounding neighborhood.”
Nettingsdorf Paper Mill
Civil works began on the project with the first trenches dug and pipes laid in June, Smurfit Kappa noted.
In the coming months, the packaging giant will work on the project’s central heat distribution system.
A local primary school and kindergarten in Nettingsdorf will be the first premises to benefit from the scheme early next year, the company added.
The latest initiative follows a €134 million investment at the Nettingsdorf mill, which included the installation of a new boiler allowing the recovery of biomass generated in the production of paper pulp.
This has stimulated energy optimization and reduced CO2 emissions by 40,000 tons per year.
Once fully operational, the new central heating network will provide heating to households in the neighboring villages of Kremsdorf, Haid and Ansfelden and replace the use of fossil fuels.
The production process will generate up to 25 MW of heat which will help remove approximately 21,000 tons of CO2.
Garrett Quinn, Director of Sustainability at Smurfit Kappa, said, “Supporting our local communities is just as important as our day-to-day packaging design business.
“We are focused on working in partnership with local people to identify sustainable development projects that will make a positive difference in their lives. The innovative district heating system underway in Nettingsdorf is the latest example of this type of sustainability initiative. sustainable community development and will be an excellent resource for the territory.”
Smurfit Kappa Community Engagement
Smurfit Kappa has successfully completed a similar program at its paper mill in Pitea, Sweden, which has been converting excess heat into central heating for domestic and commercial premises in the local community for over 40 years.
Both projects are another example of how Smurfit Kappa works with local communities to minimize waste and find uses for by-products.
Commenting on the district heating project, the Mayor of Ansfelden, Christian Partoll, said: “I am delighted to report that this district heating project is progressing as planned and that we are connecting all municipal properties in Ansfelden to the new urban heating. This is a momentous occasion and we are doing everything we can to become a climate neutral city.
“This project has been extremely important to us, and with the help of Smurfit Kappa, and with other measures being developed, it will help create a positive future for our children and grandchildren.”
The remaining civil works of the first phase are due to be completed this summer and the project remains on schedule to deliver service to the first premises in early 2023, Smurfit Kappa added.
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