The pulp and paper industry is one of the largest industries in the world. It is a complex one with many different kinds of mills, products and processes.
The pulp and paper industry is a large and growing portion of the world’s economy. Most of the pulp and paper mills are located near the major waterways and have an access to a large, uninterrupted supply of water. After using the water for pulp and paper production, these mills discharge the used water into the waterways as waste. The pulp and paper industry is faced with mounting environmental, political, and economic pressures to reduce the volume and toxicity of its industrial wastewater.
The Paper and Pulp demonstration will take place at UPM plant, in Germany. The main waste stream tackled in BAMBOO is bio-sludge industrial wastewater treatment after recycled fibre production process. Most of the current economical way for disposal are not environmental-friendly. At UPM, BAMBOO aims at tackling several challenges that undermine the efficiency and the sustainability of the pulp and paper processes in order to:
- create a valuable product from former waste by using waste heat sources from industrial mill site
- reduce costs for disposal and logistics
- reduce CO2 emissions in logistics
- improve the flexibility options in volatile power market
“No matter what your business, sustainability is your business. It’s not just an image issue – it’s a business fundamental that must be part of every company culture and practiced daily in today’s new business era.” UPM.