Smurfit Kappa Implements New Paper Drying Process to Lower CO2 Emissions and Energy Consumption
Smurfit Kappa is looking to slash carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption with the introduction of a new, state-of-the-art drying process at one of its paper mills. A virtual representation of the cutting-edge system was created using a so-called "digital twin" approach, with the new processes reportedly resulting in a 6 percent decrease in the consumption of steam energy and a 5 percent reduction in total CO2 emissions at its Townsend Hook paper mill in the United Kingdom. The hope now is for the system to replace the current paper drying process -- the most energy-intensive aspect of manufacturing paper. Smurfit Kappa's long-term objective is to achieve a 55 percent intensity reduction in fossil fuel CO2 emissions by the end of this decade and at least net zero by 2050.
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