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BillerudKorsnäs signs agreement with WA3RM to use its surplus heat from production to enable green industrial project

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BillerudKorsnäs signs agreement with WA3RM to use its surplus heat from production to enable green industrial project

October 27, 2021 - 08:03
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SOLNA, Sweden, Oct. 27, 2021 (Press Release) -Waste heat from production at the BillerudKorsnäs mill in Frövi will be harnessed and used to run a 20-hectare industrial estate, including Sweden’s largest tomato greenhouse. This became clear when BillerudKorsnäs signed an agreement with the company WA3RM, which develops circular solutions by making use of factory waste streams such as surplus heat.

“This is in line with BillerudKorsnäs’ lofty ambitions in the field of sustainability,” says Richard Morén, factory manager in Frövi.

“Our business concept is to challenge conventional packaging, but it’s also important for BillerudKorsnäs to contribute to the fight against climate change. Today, 97 percent of BillerudKorsnäs’ operations are completely fossil-free, and we’re happy to work with companies that, like us, are working towards a carbon-neutral society.”

For BillerudKorsnäs, this means utilising surplus heat from the production of pulp. By capturing waste heat and distributing it to the greenhouse, BillerudKorsnäs contributes to a circular process and thus to sustainable food production.

“We already contribute to the energy supply of the town of Lindesberg by transferring waste heat to Linde Energy. As the largest employer in the area, having the opportunity to contribute to growing vegetables in Frövi while making use of our excess heat and avoiding emitting large amounts of carbon dioxide obviously feels great,” says Ingrid Engström, Senior Director Technology.

BillerudKorsnäs makes packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging, in order to create a more sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre-based packaging materials, supplying these to customers in more than 100 countries. The company has eight production plants, in Finland, Sweden and the UK, and employs around 4,500 people in more than 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has sales of approximately SEK 24 billion and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.