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.