10 research organizations, universities and companies are setting up an innovative research program called Emission Free Pulping with about twenty full-time researchers. The program aims to significantly reduce the burning of biomass and increase the yield of wood used for paper pulp by about 50% to 70%. It is expected to have a budget of around €15 million over the next five years. The forest industry, technology companies, research organizations and universities have joined forces to revolutionize the traditional pulp manufacturing processes under the joint leadership of the VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland and the RISE Research Institutes in Sweden. Its main objectives are to improve energy efficiency, as well as the efficiency of the use of wood and its conversion into products, obtain a pulp without emissions (carbon dioxide emissions) and significantly reduce water consumption in the process. So far, five industrial companies, Andritz, Arauco, Metsä Group, Stora Enso, and Valmet, have committed to the program and will contribute their knowledge on industrial relevance and operations as well as their financial contribution.
Published on 01/02/2024