Why be energy efficient?

A bulldozer moves wood chips ready for processing. Photo by monkeyc.net

A bulldozer moves wood chips ready for processing. Photo by monkeyc.net

There is a strong business case for investing in energy efficiency in the pulp and paper sector. Energy constitutes as much as 15% of total operating costs, so energy efficiency improvements can make a significant difference to the bottom line. Investing in energy efficiency can also yield benefits from reduced water and associated chemical use, improving energy and water security for the plant and building goodwill in the regional communities in which companies operate.

Ways to save

See ways to save in pulp and paper manufacturing
  1. Kramer, K., et al. (2009) Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the Pulp and Paper Industry (Report No. LBNL-2268E), Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (Opens in a new window) PDF 2.3 MB
  2. Simpson, R (2004) How does Amcor Botany Mill continue to achieve Energy Savings? (Opens in a new window) PDF 124 MB
  3. Australian Plantation, Timber Products and Paper Council. Prime Minister’s Task Group on Energy Efficiency – Submission to Issues Paper.