The Indian paper industry has successfully reduced water consumption by 80%, as well as made investments of INR 25,000 crore for sustainable production processes. As per IPMA, the paper industry has also reduced power consumption and integrated plants are producing 40% of electricity by utilizing the biomass from the pulping process.
Jul 25, 2023
The Indian paper industry has reportedly reduced its water utilization by 80%, and is now aiming to further lower this number as the industry has made investments of INR 25,000 crore in sustainable production processes in the last few years. As per a statement by IPMA, several industry players have already taken environment-friendly measures to reduce their carbon and water footprint. The players have deployed modern technology solutions and captive power generation to achieve water and energy efficiency. Mr. Pawan Agarwal, President of IPMA, stated, “Integrated paper mills have reduced water usage to 40 cubic meters to produce a tonne of paper from the earlier 200 cubic meters. There is a concerted effort to bring it down further. Indian Paper Industry has invested to the tune of INR 25,000 crore in sustainable production processes and capacities in the last few years.”
Mr. Agarwal further informed that the paper industry has also reduced power consumption and integrated plants are producing 40% of electricity by utilizing the biomass from the pulping process. Mr. Agarwal claimed that the paper industry has been one of the top-performing sectors under the government’s PAT scheme under the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency. On sourcing of key raw material, wood, Agarwal said the paper industry has turned ‘wood positive’ as more trees have been grown than harvested for pulp making. “The industry has worked incessantly with over 5 lakh marginal farmers over the last several years and has successfully brought 12 lakh hectares of largely degraded land under plantations,” the IPMA said.