Voith and Essity work on sustainable paper production

Enables CO2neutral paper production, reduces water and energy use

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Voith and Essity work on sustainable paper production
The joint concept enables a CO2-neutral paper production, works to reduce fresh water consumption by up to 95% and energy consumption by up to 40%

Saving CO2 emissions and energy is among the most important fields of action of our time. Recognizing this fact, Voith has developed a completely new, disruptive concept that allows CO2-neutral paper production. The concept is also said to reduce fresh water consumption by up to 95% and energy consumption by up to 40% throughout the entire paper-making process.

The disruptive process no longer requires fossil fuels. Voith has now agreed on an exclusive partnership with Essity, a global hygiene and healthcare company, to drive the development of this new process. The development incorporates Essity’s extensive expertise in the tissue industry and Voith’s knowledge as the leading technology supplier.

“As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, we have set ourselves the ambitious goal of being able to realize CO2-neutral paper production by 2030,” says Andreas Endters, president and CEO of Voith Paper. “The fact that we have developed this new process is an important milestone in the industry and demonstrates our high level of innovation. We are very pleased to have found a suitable partner in Essity, who shares our objective of climate-neutral paper production.”

Sustainability is integrated into Essity’s strategy for long-term profitable growth. We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint and achieving net zero emissions by 2050. This partnership with Voith is yet another concrete example of this,” says Magnus Groth, president & CEO of Essity.

Following successful trials on a laboratory scale, the research results obtained will now be transferred to a pilot line at the Voith Heidenheim site in Germany. This new setup will enable testing under conditions close to production. 

Papermaking for life sustainability program


As part of the innovation and development initiative ‘Papermaking for Life,’ Voith Paper presents versatile technologies and solutions that lead to more efficient and sustainable processes in papermaking. The emphasis is on water, energy, and fiber savings as well as digitization, innovations, and partnerships as levers for more sustainable production. Another focus is on Voith’s own activities at its locations worldwide. Learn more about Voith Paper’s innovations in the area of sustainability: voith.com/Papermaking-for-Life. 

The Voith Group is a global technology company with a broad portfolio of systems, products, services, and digital applications. Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group, and a full-line supplier to the paper industry.

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