Renewable energy has played an important role in the responsibility success story for UPM Shotton paper mill over the past decade. The transition to use of 100% renewable energy started in 2006 with the start up of its biomass combined heat power plant (CHP).
With a focus on energy efficiency, the mill has continued to reduce its use of fossil fuel based electricity from the national grid. The solar park development means it will reduce its purchase of power to almost half.
The construction of the UK's largest solar park at Shotwick, Cheshire, adjacent to the UPM Shotton site, has brought yet another opportunity for UPM to deliver on its ambitious 2030 target of reducing fossil CO2 emissions by 30%.
The solar park, covering 220 acres, is constructed by British Solar Renewables in conjunction with WeLink Group - a specialised renewable energy company. Using 250,000 of the latest photo-voltaic panels and cutting edge conversion technology, the plant can produce on average 64,646 MWh/year.
A direct link into UPM Shotton mill site means that the paper mill can now operate on 100% renewable energy during daylight hours.
Responsibility in practice
Andrew Bronnert, Head of Energy & Operational Support for UPM Shotton says: "This latest development means we now have one of the most sophisticated energy provisions in manufacturing and adds to our strong environmental credentials."
The start up of UPM Shotton's second steam turbine, utilising excess steam from its CHP, in December 2016, means the mill will be on track to meet its own energy efficiency targets and significantly contribute to UPM Group's 2030 sustainability targets.