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Sustainable energy on the agenda for DS Smith

E.ON has been awarded an on-site generation contract to construct a combined heat and power (CHP) facility at DS Smith's Kemsley Paper Mill in Kent.

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The Kemsley Paper Mill in Kent

The new facility will replace the existing CHP system and has been specifically designed to increase the sustainable and reliable production of paper. The new plant will allow DS Smith to reduce carbon emissions by 36,000 tonnes per year – the equivalent of 30,000 medium-sized cars driving over 6,000 miles a year.

“Embracing world-leading innovation to minimise our environmental impact is a key corporate goal for DS Smith,” says Colin McIntyre, chief executive officer for DS Smith Paper and Recycling Divisions.

He continues: “Partnering with E.ON to develop a state-of-the-art solution to meet our long-term energy requirements is a vital element to achieve this ambition and we expect to see a 36,000 tonnes per year carbon reduction from improved efficiency at the new facility.”

“We are looking forward to construction beginning later this year as we are delighted with the benefits the new plant will bring to our business, as well as the opportunity this gives us to continue our strategic partnership with E.ON.”

DS Smith is working to reduce its carbon emission by 30% by 2030 and hopes that by extending its partnership with the energy supplier for the next 20 years, it will further improve resource facilities and contribute towards this goal.

Energy security, lower costs, and greater efficiency are key to a sustainable future for manufacturing sites

Michael Lewis, E.ON UK chief executive officer, adds: “Energy security, lower costs, and greater efficiency are key to a sustainable future for manufacturing sites and we are proud our bespoke solutions will contribute to our ongoing relationship with DS Smith and future success at the Kemsley site.

"This new plant is an excellent example of the new energy world and it is proof of E.ON’s capability to deliver innovative and bespoke solutions demanded by our business customers.

“In upgrading and optimising energy operations on site we can ensure DS Smith has a reliable and efficient energy supply that allows the business to get on with what they do best – providing quality and more sustainable packaging for its customers and, ultimately, consumers all around the country.”

The Kemsley Paper Mill was originally built by Edward Lloyd in 1924 to produce newsprint and is now the second largest recovered fibre-based paper operation in Europe, producing 830,000 tonnes a year.

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