McLaren Packaging has invested in sustainable energy site through CorrBoard Bioenergy (CB Bio) to manufacture corrugated sheet board.

CB Bio is the company’s joint venture with printed packaging supplier Swanline Group.

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The world’s first 6,400MW-a-year sustainable energy generation facility is fuelled by organic waste to provide heat and power for corrugated board manufacturing.

McLaren noted that the £5.5m investment will enable the use of carbon-neutral corrugated material at the company and Swanline’s manufacturing plants in Port Glasgow and Staffordshire.

Some of the waste required for the renewable energy plant will be sourced from Swanline and McLaren’s packaging users who require compliant food waste disposal.

McLaren Packaging managing director Donald McLaren said: “This world-first sustainable energy generation facility is a game-changer in the paper-based packaging sector and demonstrates how, through investment, collaboration and innovation, the sector can rise to meet the pressing environmental challenge through sustainable production solutions.

“Sustainability has become a prime concern of the whisky industry and, as a major supplier of paper-based packaging products to the whisky sector, our investment in this innovative facility puts us in the unique position of being able to offer our drinks customers a fully circular and sustainable production solution.”

CB Bio is located near the Scunthorpe-based consortium-owned independent corrugated producerCorrBoard UK, which is partly owned by Swanline and McLaren.

It is expected to reduce McLaren and Swanline’s carbon footprint from the excess energy which is not consumed by CorrBoard UK.

The excess energy is transferred to the National Grid and allocated back to the companies in carbon credits.

The CB Bio plant can divert 25,000t of biological waste from landfill. The modular plant can also be operated remotely and out-of-hours to increase the uptime efficiency of the 800KwHr CHP units.

The plant also has an automated de-packing line and can accommodate waste delivered in tankers, on pallets or in specialist skips.