Innovation for sustainable future: contribution to the circular economy and the use of green energy
Blue Paper is a joint venture owned by VPK Packaging Group and Klingele Papierwerke Group with an annual production of 400,000 tonnes of recycled corrugated paper. Through the recycling process, reusable paper fibres are cleaned and segregated from residual materials. The annual residue amounts to 25,000 tonnes, mainly wood fibres, textile and plastics extracted from raw material bales. In the near future, Blue Paper will use these process residues in a new heat plant that will convert their potential energy into steam, to be used on-site in the paper machine drying section. This ambitious project, called Blue Circle, will contribute to the circular economy and the use of green energy. With this project, Blue Paper aims to innovate for a sustainable future. The project has received significant support from local authorities, political leaders and the French energy agency.
Blue Circle aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (minus 80% natural gas consumption, minus 500 trucks/year and minus 30% CO2 emissions). The project will also reduce fossil energy consumption by replacing gas with process residues. It will increase the share of renewable energy: the process residues contain partly worn-out fibres, wood, cardboard and textiles that constitute biomass. Another big contribution to the environment will be reducing landfill waste by reusing process residues, eliminating 12,000 tonnes of landfill waste per year. The Blue Circle project will thus contribute to developing the circular economy with local treatment of process residues and on-site consumption of the steam produced by the new heat plant.GO BACK TO GOOD PRACTICES