Smurfit Kappa begins operation of its new technology at Kent facility

By Sean Galea-Pace
The Ireland-based corrugated packaging company, Smurfit Kappa, has announced it has commenced operation on a sophisticated Combined Heat and Power Plant...

The Ireland-based corrugated packaging company, Smurfit Kappa, has announced it has commenced operation on a sophisticated Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) in a bid to decrease emissions and increase profitability at its facility in Kent.

It is expected that the new CHP at the Townsend Heat and Power Plant will cut the mill’s carbon footprint by at least 15%.

In order to meet the ever-increasing demand in the UK and Ireland for lightweight containerboard, the substantial, multi-million pound investment will also increase the capabilities of the Townsend paper machine to satisfy the demand.

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“We are delighted to have started operating the new CHP in Townsend Hook a month ahead of schedule,” said Jelte Bouma, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Recycled Paper West.

“The increased capability and efficiencies will help us to deliver an even better service to customers. The environmental benefits associated with the new project are also in line with the wider strategic sustainability priorities of Smurfit Kappa.”

The company also revealed earlier this year that it had reached its fossil CO2 emission reduction target three years ahead of planned.

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