Smurfit Kappa is investing Euro 27 million in a state-of-the-art new waste management and recovery facility at its Nervión paper mill in Iurreta, Spain.
The lime kiln and gas treatment system will have a production capacity of 120 tonnes of lime per day and will provide significant environmental benefits. The new circular system will allow the calcium carbonate waste that is currently generated in the mill’s manufacturing process to be transformed into lime and subsequently reintroduced into the production process as a raw material.
This will have a positive impact on the mill’s carbon footprint by diverting 75,000 tonnes of waste from landfill and eliminating approximately 450,000 km per year in road transport.
The initiative has been developed in a collaborative process between Smurfit Kappa Nervión and several technology firms. The investment will see the expansion and optimization of the plant, as well as the construction of a state-of-the-art lime kiln and gas treatment system.
The treatment system is compliant with Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament which regulates industrial emissions. The new system will also be connected to the automated monitoring system already in place for the rest of the facilities at the mill in accordance with the requirements of the Basque The project is nearing completion and the plant is expected to be fully operational later in the year.
Smurfit Kappa Group plc is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of paper-based packaging products, with operations in Europe and the Americas.