Oct. 27, 2021 - Essity is launching a pilot project to run a paper machine CO2-free with green hydrogen in the company's production facility in Mainz-Kostheim, Germany. For this purpose, natural gas is successively replaced by green hydrogen on the site's largest paper machine during ongoing production.
Essity's investment in the pilot project amounts to EUR 4 million (approx. SEK 40 million).
According to Essity, the project is the first of this magnitude in the paper industry, and the Mainz-Kostheim mill is testing to what extent green hydrogen can replace natural gas in the tissue production process without compromising on the high product quality.
"We will be the first in the world to use green hydrogen for tissue production. This is a clear commitment towards our ambitious climate agenda and a big step towards a decarbonized society," said Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity. "We are creating a sustainable process that is setting a new benchmark for the industry."
Following the necessary installations and the rebuild of the paper machine, Essity will gradually add green hydrogen to its energy supply. It is planned to run the drying hood of the paper machine on 100 percent green hydrogen by autumn 2022.
The investment in the green hydrogen pilot project will contribute to Essity's goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Essity is a global producer of consumer tissue, professional and personal hygiene and health products. The company has about 46,000 employees. To learn more, visit: www.essity.com.
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