SOFIDEL FRANCE keeps committing to ecological transition with the construction of a second biomass boiler

A presentation of Sofidel followed by a plant visit was organized on Frouard’s site in Eastern France,to announce the biomass boiler project to elected representatives.

After installing, almost ten years ago, a biomass boiler on Frouard’s site and thanks to the experience acquired, Sofidel France has decided to build a second boiler as part of its ongoing environment commitment. The financing will be partly subsidized by ADEME (Agence De l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie) as part of the BCIAT (Biomasse Chaleur Industrie Agriculture et Tertiaire) 2022 program.

The investment will reduce its dependence on natural gas by 47,800 MW per year and cut its CO2 emissions by 9,100 tons per year. Construction work on this second 8 MW biomass boiler is due to start in autumn 2024,with commissioning scheduled for 2025.

Once the two boilers are operational, steam production will cover 95% of the energy needed to heat the drying cylinders of the two paper machines, which is equivalent to a reduction of more than 21,000 tons of CO2 of fossil origin per year.

This new facility is part of the Group’s overall strategy to reduce its carbon footprint, in line with the objectives set out in the COP 21  agreements in Paris.

In addition to this investment, Sofidel has set itself ambitious targets for several years to reduce the use of virgin plastic, to decrease water consumption, to manage resources responsibly, etc.

On this occasion, a presentation of the company’s commitments to sustainable development and of the biomass boiler project was held with the presence of elected representatives and the Secretary General of the Prefecture. The event took place on Friday, January 12th 2024 at 2 pm at Frouard plant, and was followed by a tour of the site, including the current boiler.