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Production line 8, which consumes 75,000 MWh per year, now only uses green electricity from the Schluchsee hydroelectric power plant. This is part of Koehler’s climate strategy and saves 45,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year.
As a result, production line 8 at the Kehl site has been climate‐neutral since the start of 2021. The 75,000 MWh of electricity consumed by the factory per year comes entirely from green energy generated by a single regional source – the Schluchsee hydroelectric power plant in the Black Forest. In addition, steam from the biomass combined heat and power plant at the Kehl site has been used to dry the paper web with virtually zero CO₂ emissions since the plant started up in 2019.
Sustainability drive is visible throughout the paper value chain
“We estimate this step will save around 45,000 tonnes of CO2 per year,” explains Dr. Stefan Karrer, COO at the Koehler Group, enthusiastically. The move shows the company’s focus on sustainability does not begin and end with sustainable products. “The flexible packaging paper and Blue4est® environmentally‐friendly thermal paper that we make on production line 8 in Kehl have been produced using renewable energy since the start of the year,” continues Dr. Karrer. The Group’s sustainability drive is visible throughout the paper value chain as a result.