Global packaging company Smurfit Kappa is set to invest in technology at its Nettingsdorf Paper Mill to help reduce CO2 emissions and increase production.

The company noted that the ‘multi-million euro investment’ will include the construction of a recovery boiler by 2020 and a new steam turbine by 2022.

Following the addition of these facilities, Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf expects to reduce energy consumption significantly.

Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf CEO Günter Hochrathner said: “The new boiler and turbine will help us to become even more efficient, which in turn will benefit both our people and the wider community.

“Nettingsdorf Paper Mill has a long history in the area and this investment in technology secures the long-term future of the mill.”

The new boiler will procure energy from biomass, reducing COemissions at the facility by nearly 40,000t, which is nearly 1.5% reduction in Smurfit Kappa Group’s total CO2 emissions.

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The initiative will also support the company’s 2016 Sustainability Development Report where it claimed to have already reduced COemissions by 23%.

The firm has planned to decrease CO2 emissions by 25% by 2020.

"This investment builds on our commitment to help create a sustainable future by building a profitable business based on responsible principles."

Smurfit Kappa Europe CEO Saverio Mayer said: “This investment builds on our commitment to help create a sustainable future by building a profitable business based on responsible principles.”

The company has announced the opening of a new Experience Centre at Dallas in Texas, US.

These centres allow customers to find out how packaging impacts every step of the supply chain.

Smurfit Kappa has also planned to open such centres in Mexico and Colombia in the coming months.

Image: Smurfit Kappa’s Nettingsdorf Paper Mill in Austria. Photo: courtesy of Smurfit Kappa Group.