LUCCA, ITALY, May 21, 2015 (Press Release) -Co2 emissions reduced by 18% and methane consumption down by 3,500,000 standard cubic metres. These are the objectives of the first "Cogeneration Plant with Integrated EcoRecupero" (Impianto di Cogenerazione con EcoRecupero Integrato), introduced by Lucart at their facility in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (LU) and which adds up to an investment of more than 3 million euro.
This revolutionary technology is the first of its kind to be used on an existing plant in Italy. It sends the exhaust gases from the Turbogas to the paper drying hoods and replaces traditional methane-powered burners. This avoids the release of about 3.5 tons of nitrous oxides (NOx) every year.
This sustainable and eco-friendly drying system was designed by Lucart and Valmet Spa, a world leader in developing and supplying technology, automation and services for the paper industry. The system uses the thermal energy from the hot exhaust gases, avoiding the need to send methane gas to the traditional burners, and thus enhancing the overall performance of the plant. This innovative choice required more than 25,000 hours of work and the very latest production techniques.
"With this new project we confirm our commitment towards an innovative, eco-sustainable and more competitive economic development model. In the near future we will consider applying this complex technology to other plants, even though there are numerous technical challenges", said Massimo Pasquini, CEO of the Lucart Group. "This innovative technology complements the investments in sustainable transport that will remove 2500 trucks from the roads and will reduce Co2 emissions by 75%. I would like to take this opportunity to mention that, since 2012, when we acquired the facility at Castelnuovo, we have invested over 15 million euro in it. To this, we should add the energy spent and the efforts made for the relaunch of the Tenderly brand: in a sector that experienced a negative trend in 2014, Tenderly grew by approximately 10% and so performed countertrend. The path towards commitment and growth in full respect of the environment is the path that we have chosen and the one on which we mean to keep going".
Lucart Group, a multinational group controlled by Lucart S.p.A, a company founded in the Lucca province back in 1953, is one of the main producers in Europe of mono-glazed paper and tissue products (by tissue meaning paper articles intended for daily consumption, such as toilet paper, kitchen paper, napkins, tablecloths, handkerchiefs, etc. ). The company's over 60 years of experience have allowed it to develop great know-how, experience and the technology needed to make top-quality products capable of meeting the customer's needs in the best way possible. The production systems installed at the Group's various plants make it possible to manufacture a wide range of products with complete control over all phases of the production process, from the choice of raw materials to the definition of the characteristics of the finished product. Lucart Group's paper production capacity is equal to 300,000 tons/year, split over 10 continuous machines (one of which for air-laid paper) and 54 converting lines. The company's production activities are distributed over three Business Units (Business to Business, Professional and Consumer), all committed to the growth and sale of different brands, including Tenderly, Tutto, Grazie Natural Lucart and Smile (Consumer area), Lucart Professional, Tenderly Professional, Fato, Velo and Hygenius (Professional area), and they include products designed to satisfy the needs of different types of users, from the large corporation to the end user. The consolidated turnover is equal to about € 400 million, with a total workforce of 1,200 employees, 6 production plants (5 in Italy and 1 in France), covering a total surface area of 750,000 m2. The Diecimo (Lucca) plant is one of the largest facilities in Europe dedicated to the production and conversion of tissue paper. Lucart has always represented a company with a strong aptitude for innovation. For example, it was the first Italian company to develop the pulp de-inking technique for the production of tissue paper and of thin mono-glazed paper for flexible packaging. Lucart also developed the first system in Italy capable of recovering the cellulose fibres contained in Tetra Pak containers, an eco-revolutionary project that has allowed us to obtain top-quality paper in full respect of the environment. Product quality and environmental protection have always been at the base of our strategic choices. An example of this is the various certifications obtained by the company, such as Ecolabel (we were the first Italian company in the tissue sector), PEFCTM, FSC®, UNI EN ISO 9001 and 14001, etc. The production plant in Diecimo represents one of the first industrial facilities integrated at the European level for the production of tissue paper (paper factory and converting at the same site) to have obtained the EMAS environmental registration.