Local industrial ecology/Circular economy 2018-01-01T10:27:32+00:00

Local industrial ecology

Circular economy

Norske Skog Golbey is active in its territory and committed to promoting the circular economy and partnerships. In an age where the newsprint market is getting harder, local industrial ecology is taking on crucial importance. Besides, it is one of our CSR commitments.

The Green Valley cluster secured approval from the national planning and development authorities in 2010 and is a concrete application of the principles of industrial ecology. It is particularly atypical in its form, because it is designed to serve local economic development. It is the result of an association between the local institutional actors, private businesses and our paper mill, which have founded a co-development company (ECODEV). The latter is responsible for coordinating and developing the approach.

The shared objective is to create new industrial activities in the area of eco-materials. The Green Valley thus fosters synergies between Norske Skog Golbey and future industrial companies in a win-win deal. Local industrial ecology is currently reflected by the pooling of assets, know-how and the flow of materials and energy connected with paper manufacturing. Work will continue through the development of an ‘Ecopark’ near the site.

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A responsible approach and a smaller carbon footprint

From the environmental point of view, such pooling and working in a circular economy have made it possible to make significant reductions in the carbon footprint. The environmental impact of the Green Valley is positive. That is because the industrial synergies help recover the unavoidable energy from the papermaking process (steam), doing away with the need for an independent gas boiler.

Green Valley: a success story

The most significant project that has been enabled by the Green Valley to date is the installation of Pavatex, a leader of insulating wood fibre panels. In 2013, the Pavatex project represented investment of € 60 million and led to the creation of 50 direct jobs. The employees were recruited locally. The arrival of a new manufacturing company in the area gave a boost to business with local providers, in industry or services (indirect jobs).

Besides, the partnership with the teams of the Fibres Campus located close by has allowed innovations to optimise the industrial process:

  • 12% reduction of energy consumption
  • reduced consumption of raw materials: -9,000 tonnes of wood
  • reduced water consumption: 90,000 m3 saved every year

In November 2014, when we took part for the first time in the Enterprise and Environment Prizes organised by the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Energy in partnership with ADEME, we were extremely proud to receive the First Prize in the Circular Economy category thanks to our Green Valley approach. The prize was officially awarded to us at the Pollutec fair in Lyon in December 2014.

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