The tackling of climate changes and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 20% until the year 2020 are among the top priorities of the European Union. Therefore, the emissions trading system was designed to provide incentives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions for energy-intensive industries, such as the paper industry.

Against this background, the present guideline explains the development of optimised energy utilisation concepts with the aim of reducing direct CO2 emissions. The content of this guideline was elaborated during the Sustainable Low Carbon Tissue Manufacturing project which was carried out by Ingenieurbüro Neumeister, an engineering office focusing on energy efficiency, and Metsä Tissue, a tissue manufacturer. The project was funded by the European Commission under the Sustainable Industry Low Carbon Initiative. It was the aim of the project to find a concept for lowering direct CO2 emissions caused by the used steam and direct fuel. According to the target of the Sustainable Low Carbon Tissue project, this guideline only deals with low carbon technologies linked to steam usage and direct fuel usage. The present guideline was compiled based on the experience of sixteen investigated tissue machines. It explains a methodology for analysing and optimising production processes focused on energy efficiency. The guideline takes best available technologies into account and explains the advantages and the use of thermodynamic modelling. The methodology and approaches are underlined by case examples.

The paper contains different ready to implement measures for increasing energy efficiency and, thus, for lowering GHG emissions in tissue production. The described method and measures shall support both the paper industry and other energy-intensive industries with a comparable heat demand.

Please download the guideline for a sustainable low carbon tissue manufacutring here,