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DS Smith's Croatia -based Belišće paper mill to reduce carbon footprint by using green energy to power its operations

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DS Smith's Croatia -based Belišće paper mill to reduce carbon footprint by using green energy to power its operations

November 12, 2020 - 03:58
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LONDON, Nov. 12, 2020 (Press Release) -DS Smith, the FTSE 100 leading provider of sustainable packaging has today announced that Belišće Paper Mill, situated in Eastern Croatia has made significant steps forward in CO2 reductions by switching to green energy to help power its paper making operations.

The Belišće Paper Mill which produces up to 215,000 tonnes of paper a year is targeting a 23% reduction in CO2 emissions annually, equating to a saving of up to 27,000 tonnes of carbon. This figure equates to removing nearly 6,000 passenger vehicles off roads, or just under 67 Million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle*

Providing the green energy electricity ZelEn, HEP Opskrba was first to offer this unique product in Croatia. The company ensures the green electricity provided to DS Smith, is produced from renewable sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources.

Dalibor Sipl, Energy Manager for DS Smith, in Croatia said:

“We are very proud to have the Belišće Paper Mill and all our operations across Croatia switch to green energy.  Our partnership with HEP Opskrba, who will provide 60% of our energy requirements at the mill, will be a key driver in our overall strategy to reduce the impact of our operations here in Croatia.”

Mario Puntaric, Director for HEP Opskrba, added:

“The partnership with DS Smith across their operations in Croatia will support their environmental goals, as well as protecting natural resources.  As we see more companies becoming socially responsible and environmentally aware, DS Smith are leading the way as the one of the biggest users of green electricity in Croatia.”

The company recently launched it’s Now and Next Sustainability Strategy which reaffirmed its commitment  to reduce CO2 emissions against a 2015 baseline by 30% relative production by 2030. In the past year, DS Smith has hit a number of sustainability milestones including an 11% reduction in emissions in 2019 compared to 2015 on a like-for-like basis.

About DS Smith:

DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated packaging, supported by recycling and papermaking operations. Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith focuses on creating innovative sustainable packaging solutions in 37 countries employing around 31,000 people. Using the combined expertise of its divisions – Packaging, Recycling and Paper – DS Smith works with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the supply chain. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.