Koehler Paper switches to 100% green energy for production line 8 in Kehl

The company aims to reduce energy consumed in paper production operations

Koehler Paper products on production line 8 have been made using 100% green energy, including the flexible packaging paper and the environmentally‐friendly thermal paper Blue4est
Koehler Paper products on production line 8 have been made using 100% green energy, including the flexible packaging paper and the environmentally‐friendly thermal paper Blue4est

The Koehler Group has been developing the first steps in its climate strategy for some years now, including its ‘2030 promise.’ The company declared its mission was to produce more energy from renewable sources than required for its own needs by 2030. For many years now, the company has continuously completed highly successful projects to reduce the energy consumed in its paper production operations. 

Another milestone in its climate strategy has now been reached. Since the start of the year, the new production line 8 in Kehl has been using 100% green energy. 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 in 2019.

Production plant uses green energy from a regional source

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. “We estimate this step will save around 45,000 tonnes of CO2 per year,” explains Stefan Karrer, chief operating officer 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 Karrer. The Group’s sustainability drive is visible throughout the paper value chain as a result.

Koehler other projects in the pipeline to implement the climate strategy

Climate‐friendly manufacturing on production line 8 is just one of many projects being pursued by the Koehler Group to achieve the climate strategy goals it has set for itself and to play its part in implementing the Paris Agreement. The company is working towards using alternative, more sustainable energy sources for its entire paper production energy supply. 

As previously reported, a major step in implementing Koehler’s climate strategy was converting its combined heat and power plant at the company headquarters in Oberkirch from bituminous coal to biomass. This is saving an additional 150,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Koehler renewable energy, part of the Koehler Group, is also helping to implement the climate strategy. It has already implemented numerous projects in the fields of biomass combined heat and power plants, wind power, photovoltaics, and hydropower. The experts are proficient in all value chain stages, from acquisition to planning and development, to seamless, long‐term operation.

With a range of partners, Koehler renewable energy already generates over 320,000 megawatts an hour of electricity, more than 545,000 megawatts an hour of heat, and over 780,000 tonnes of steam annually at its various locations in Europe, all using renewable energy sources.


2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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