Iggesund further reduces carbon emissions

/INS. Iggesund Paperboard’s Swedish pulp and paperboard production facility, Iggesund Mill, reduced its fossil carbon dioxide emissions by 86 per cent from 2013 to 2014 from what was already a low level. The reduction is partly due to the investment in a new recovery boiler, which was completed in 2012.

“It always takes time to fine tune a new piece of equipment and we’ve also made some smaller investments to optimise our return from the recovery boiler,” explains Olov Winblad von Walter, Manager of Iggesund Mill. “Now we’re getting close to achieving the potential we expected.”

The mill’s environmental improvements are not limited to carbon dioxide. Emissions of sulphur have also been cut by 82 per cent, nitrogen oxides by 19 per cent and particulates by 90 per cent – all compared with 2011, which was the last year the old recovery boiler was operating. A conscious decision on operating strategy and investments in process stages that previously used fossil fuel oil have also contributed to the radical reductions in air-borne emissions.

Iggesund Mill is not the only component of the Holmen Group to succeed with its environmental work. Between 2013 and 2014 carbon dioxide emissions per tonne of manufactured paperboard and paper products within the Group were cut from 123 kilos to 67 kilos. This is almost 50 per cent and demonstrates clearly that the Group has taken yet another step to reduce the climate impact of its own operations.

In recent years the Holmen Group has received a number of awards for its sustainability work. In 2014 Iggesund was given the Bio Strategy of the Year award by the industry organisation PPI. The Holmen Group was also included on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s list of the 187 global companies that are leaders in the battle to tame the climate threat.

“We’re very satisfied with this year’s outcome and I believe we’ve thereby strengthened our position as a leader in sustainability efforts,” comments Lars Strömberg, Director of Sustainable and Environmental Affairs at Holmen.

In 2013 Iggesund also commissioned a biomass CHP plant at the company’s Workington Mill in the UK. By switching its energy source from fossil fuel to biomass in a single step, the mill eliminated almost all the fossil carbon emissions from its production process. At Iggesund Mill in Sweden, bioenergy supplied 99.1 per cent of the energy used in the production process during 2014. Today the emissions from all paperboard production within the Holmen Group are within a few tenths of one per cent of being fully fossil free.

“Our strategy of investing in fossil-free technology at the mills in Sweden and the UK have been decisive steps in our sustainability work,” Strömberg emphasises. “The fact that we’ve been rewarded with top positions in various rankings and indexes proves that active work with energy and climate issues gives us a credibility that also strengthens our brands.”

Caption 1: The new recovery boiler at Iggesund Mill greatly reduced emissions of sulphur and particulates and enabled the mill to operate on 99.1 per cent biofuel during 2014.© Iggesund

Caption 2: “Active work with energy and climate issues gives us a credibility that also strengthens our brands,” emphasises Lars Strömberg, Director of Sustainable and Environmental Affairs at Holmen.© Iggesund


Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United Nations Global Compact Index. Iggesund’s turnover is just over €500 million and its flagship product Invercote is sold in more than 100 countries. The company has two brand families, Invercote and Incada, both positioned at the high end of their respective segments. Since 2010 Iggesund has invested more than €380 million to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the fossil emissions from its production.

Iggesund and the Holmen Group report all their fossil carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The environmental data form an integral part of an annual report that complies with the Global Reporting Initiative’s highest level of sustainability reporting. Iggesund was founded as an iron mill in 1685, but has been making paperboard for more than 50 years. The two mills, in northern Sweden and northern England employ 1500 people.

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The Iggesund Mill

Making the world’s best paperboard is easy. You need water, carbon dioxide and sunlight to grow a seedling into a tree. Then you need sustainable forest management that can deliver first-class timber. There must be a pulp mill and a paperboard mill, and then distribution channels to get the paperboard to everyone who wants to use it. Most important of all, though, to the manufacture of Invercote are the skilled professionals who do their best – people who are proud of what they achieve and do not compromise on the quality of their work. Iggesunds Mill has traditions stretching back to 1685. Throughout that time dedicated individuals have done their utmost to use the renewable forest to benefit other people.

A world-class mill

Iggesund Mill (including Strömsbruk Mill) in Sweden is one of the most advanced, fully integrated pulp and paperboard mills in the world. Not least thanks to our long term majority owner, we have very well invested mills. There are many benefits having an integrated saw mill – we manage raw material together and we can use all the waste from their production to either make pulp or energy. In return we feed the saw mill with steam used to dry the timber. At Iggesund Mill, 100% of the pulp used to make Invercote is produced on location and pumped wet to the board machine. This means that we use no market pulp. Not drying the pulp preserves some mechanical properties of the fibres.

This advanced technology – hundreds of metres of paperboard machines – is controlled by employees with various forms of special expertise. The machines work around the clock and year round to produce tonne after tonne of dazzling white paperboard. Technical perfection and numerical control processes are all well and good but for excellent results you also need team spirit and a good working atmosphere. Invercote’s unique properties are the result of the interplay between expertise, a positive spirit and cutting-edge technology.

Actively investing in bioenergy

In 2012 the new recovery boiler was inaugurated at Iggesund Mill, an investment made possible by the long term perspective of our majority owner. With it in operation, the mill produces all the heat it needs, and can also provide district heating to the nearby community. It also produces nearly all the electricity needed for the mill, and is connected to the grid to be able to output excess electricity if needed. As the new boiler was trimmed into operation, it drastically reduced a lot of emissions between 2013 and 2014: fossil CO2 by >85%, particles by ~45% and sulphur by ~35%

With the installation and trimming of the new recovery boiler, emissions to air have reduced drastically from already low levels – graph being updated shortly. Measurements have shown that only 1% of particles in the air of Iggesund village comes from the mill. The majority of particles comes from domestic fire places and cars.

Care for our customers and their businesses

Paperboard must be there when the customer needs it. All the quality features in the world are meaningless if the deliveries don’t arrive in time. Delivery precision is a high priority. A maritime transport system guarantees overseas customers receive shipments with the lowest possible environmental impact. The service doesn’t stop there. Every tonne of Invercote comes with access to documentation and knowledge about how to make best use of the paperboard. The knowledge and market-based technical support provided by Iggesund, help customers to achieve dazzling end results and optimal production economics.