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December 2021

Power companies say paper sector union dispute with UPM threatens energy supply

December 31, 2021 - 16:19
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HELSINKI, Dec. 31, 2021 (YLE) -Several local communities are bracing for interruptions to district heating as forest products company UPM and the Paperworkers' Union have failed to solve disputes over pay and conditions.

Three energy companies are calling on the Paperworkers' Union, which represents workers in the paper industry, and forest products giant UPM to resolve their dispute to avoid disruptions to district heating.

The Paperworkers' Union is set to start a strike at UPM plants on 1 January, threatening the district heating supply in many places.

EPA proposes $1.1 million settlement agreement with New Indy to address emissions of hydrogen sulfide from Catawba, SC, paper mill

December 30, 2021 - 16:47
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WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 29, 2021 (Press Release) -Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lodged a proposed consent decree in U.S. District Court in which New Indy Catawba, LLC (New Indy) has agreed to robust injunctive relief designed to prevent hydrogen sulfide (H2S) concentrations above levels that endanger people’s health from the company’s Catawba, South Carolina paper mill. The company will also pay a civil penalty of $1,100,000.

IP mill in Cantonment, FL, switching natural gas supplier to Pensacola Energy

December 30, 2021 - 16:40
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CENTURY, FL, Dec. 31, 2021 (North Bay Business Journal) -In 2022, the International Paper mill in  Cantonment will switch natural gas suppliers to Pensacola Energy, significantly increasing revenue for the municipal utility while saving money for IP.

“Pensacola Energy offered natural gas at competitive rates and we look forward to our relationship with them,” Whitney Fike, IP communications manager, said.

Annual Mondi consumer trend research shows year-on-year growth in online shopping by consumers in Germany and Poland

December 30, 2021 - 11:05
    VIENNA, Austria, Dec. 30, 2021 (Press Release) -
  • Annual Mondi consumer trend research shows year-on-year growth in online shopping by consumers in Germany and Poland
  • Silver Surfers (age 55+) are a growing eCommerce consumer segment: nine out of ten shopped online in 2021; 49% bought more online than last year and 5% shopped online for the first time
  • Demand for sustainable packaging highlighted, with more than three quarters of online shoppers preferring eCommerce packaging that is reusable for returns or easily recyclable

Ence’s renewable energy generation plant in Puertollano, Biollano completes audit process of Sure verification scheme

December 30, 2021 - 10:56
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MADRID, Spain, Dec. 29, 2021 (Press Release) -Ence’s renewable energy generation plant in Puertollano, Biollano, has recently completed the audit process of the Sure verification scheme, which guarantees the sustainability of the generation process from sustainable biomass sources, which are also evaluated. It is about consistent proximity biomass, mainly plant remains from crops such as vines or olive trees, fruit trees, and remains of pruning from surrounding parks and gardens.

Ence’s renewable energy generation plant in Puertollano, Biollano completes audit process of Sure verification scheme

December 30, 2021 - 10:56
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MADRID, Spain, Dec. 29, 2021 (Press Release) -Ence’s renewable energy generation plant in Puertollano, Biollano, has recently completed the audit process of the Sure verification scheme, which guarantees the sustainability of the generation process from sustainable biomass sources, which are also evaluated. It is about consistent proximity biomass, mainly plant remains from crops such as vines or olive trees, fruit trees, and remains of pruning from surrounding parks and gardens.

Valmet to supply its DNA Automation System and IQ Quality Control System to Irani Papel e Embalagem's Vargem Bonita mill in Santa Catarina, Brazil

December 30, 2021 - 10:11
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ESPOO, Finland, Dec. 30, 2021 (Press Release) -Valmet will supply Valmet DNA Automation System and Valmet IQ Quality Control System to Irani Papel e Embalagem (Irani) for their Gaia Platform at Vargem Bonita Mill, located in Santa Catarina state, Brazil. Irani selected Valmet’s automation system based on good references in technology, service support and low ownership costs. The installation is scheduled to start in September 2022.

The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the third quarter 2021. The value of the order is not disclosed.

Ence commits to olive pomace for generation of sustainable energy in Spain

December 28, 2021 - 10:35
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MADRID, Spain, Dec. 28, 2021 (Press Release) -Ence has as one of the axes of its energy strategy the growth in generation of renewable energy with biomass. The company is committed to collaborating significantly in the evolution of the national energy model towards a sustainable and stable electricity supply system with great growth potential in Spain.

Ence commits to olive pomace for generation of sustainable energy in Spain

December 28, 2021 - 10:35
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MADRID, Spain, Dec. 28, 2021 (Press Release) -Ence has as one of the axes of its energy strategy the growth in generation of renewable energy with biomass. The company is committed to collaborating significantly in the evolution of the national energy model towards a sustainable and stable electricity supply system with great growth potential in Spain.

UPM Pulp and WEPA Group join forces to promote biodiversity with habitat restoration project in Finland

December 23, 2021 - 09:36
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HELSINKI, Dec. 22, 2021 (Press Release) -UPM Pulp and WEPA Group have joined forces to promote biodiversity with a habitat restoration project in Finland. The aim of the project is to demonstrate ways to maintain and enhance biodiversity, protect water and mitigate climate change – all key objectives of sustainable forestry.

The companies will together restore an area of round 5 hectares of mire in UPM’s Harviala forest estate in southern Finland to its original wetland state, which is a partly open mire and partly sparsely wooded swamp.

Renewcell signs deals with European sorters to recycle thousands of tonnes of textiles annually

December 23, 2021 - 06:41
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KRISTINEHAMN, Sweden, Dec. 22, 2021 (Press Release) -During December, Renewcell has signed multi-year purchasing agreements with three different European textile sorters — SOEX in Germany, Texaid in Switzerland and Sysav in Sweden. These companies will supply thousands of tonnes of textile waste each year for recycling at Renewcell's new facility in Sundsvall. The deliveries to Renewcell will consist of clothing and other textiles collected from consumers that are not possible to sell second-hand.

MM Board & Paper extends its IPACK brand portfolio at Kwidzyn mill in Poland

December 23, 2021 - 05:31

VIENNA, Austria, Dec. 23, 2021 (Press Release) -today MM announced the extension of its IPACK brand portfolio made at Kwidzyn mill in Poland, to offer even more choices to their customers. IPACK is designed for various packaging applications that protect and promote consumer goods that people use every day.

It is a machine-finished paper (MF), produced from 100% virgin fibre.

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