German papermaker Drewsen Spezialpapiere invests in three wind turbines to produce about 2,400 MWh/year, covering 25% of mill's electricity needs; Drewsen to invest €100M over next few years in locally generated renewable energy, including solar array

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July 5, 2022 (press release) –

As the first step in a long-term plan to use locally generated regenerative energy, DREWSEN is investing in three wind turbines. These are about two kilometers away from the factory and will be handed over to DREWSEN today, July 1st.

“This investment is the first – albeit small – building block of a long-term strategy to invest in locally generated renewable energy. With the approximately 2,400 MWh per year that the three plants generate, we can cover around a quarter of our external electricity requirements in a regenerative and climate-friendly manner. Ludger Benien (Head of Engineering). DREWSEN takes over the wind turbines from the Norwegian energy company Statkraft. "Self-sufficiency from locally produced renewable energy is becoming increasingly important for electricity-intensive companies," says Claus Urbanke, head of Statkraft's German wind and solar business. "We are pleased that we can support DREWSEN on the way to climate-neutral production with the sale of the phased-out systems."

The company is also planning to set up a photovoltaic system in the immediate vicinity of the plant this year. Approval has already been granted and the system components have been ordered. The first self-generated solar energy for paper production can probably be used in September.

In total, DREWSEN plans to invest around 100 million euros over the next few years in order to move away from the current energy source, natural gas, step by step. From 2030, DREWSEN wants to have converted at least 80% of the energy requirement to regenerative alternatives.

"We are convinced that we are on the right track, to be able to produce sustainable papers that replace plastic, for example, with renewable and locally generated energy." reports Dr. Matthias Rauhut, Managing Director of DREWSEN.

DREWSEN is working intensively with representatives of politics and public authorities to become less dependent on fossil fuels and to achieve the important goal of climate neutrality by 2045.

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