Pirita Huotari, Senior Consultant, Fisher International
As the third biggest industrial energy consumer of the EU, the paper industry plays an essential role in reaching EU sustainability targets. Even though over 50% of the industry’s energy needs are met by renewables, it is still a significant user of purchased electricity and fossil fuels – energy constitutes 19% of paper and pulp producers’ production costs; that’s 13 billion Euros per year. To understand the risks and opportunities, this analysis looks at the fuel and electricity consumption differences across grades and EU countries. The potential in sludge-to-energy is also considered.