Essity has successfully achieved a CO2 emission-free tissue production process at its German mill by replacing natural gas with renewable hydrogen for the paper drying process. The 152,000 TPA capacity mill is the first in the industry to achieve this feat.
March 10, 2023
Essity uses renewable hydrogen at its Mainz-Kostheim, Germany, tissue production mill, becoming the first mill in the industry to engage in the CO2 emission-free production process.
The German mill used natural gas in the paper drying process to achieve the required high temperature of 600 degrees Celsius to produce 152,000 TPA of high-quality tissue. In 2021, a pilot project was initiated encompassing efficiency programs and electrification through renewable energy. To achieve the said goals, renewable hydrogen was used to replace natural gas in the hood dryer as a final building block.
The mill uses sustainable and cyclical processes to transform recycled paper into high-quality tissue, marketed under the company’s Tork brand and aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
Essity, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, is a leading global hygiene and health company with a consumer base in approximately 150 countries under the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other strong brands, such as Actimove, JOBST, Knix, Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Modibodi, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, TOM Organic, Vinda, and Zewa.