Projects & Bio-economy

For several years, Norske Skog Golbey has adopted a strategy focusing on the circular economy in sectors of activity related to its core business, making newsprint and co-products.

Norske Skog Golbey supports the development of new industries to promote the circular economy and help new businesses establish themselves in the local area. The focus is on three sectors of activity: eco-materials and green energy.

There are several objectives of the approach which align with our commitments:

  • Strengthening our contribution to the circular economy
  • Fostering the development of the local industrial fabric by encouraging new business to set up in the local area.
  • Creating new income streams by promoting industrial co-products and by-products and generating new services and synergies.

Our teams, based in the mill, work closely with research laboratories, universities and teaching institutions, and are in contact with new entrepreneurs and local authorities.

Below are a few examples of ongoing and completed projects


Project aim: to repurpose the ash derived from incinerating our production waste (sludge).

After research and development efforts supported by ADEME, this project led to a partnership with the Alsace company Heinrich & Bock, which uses our ash to make paving stones used for outdoor landscaping.

Other outlets and the development of other products are being studied.

This project receives funding from ADEME.


Project aim: to build a unit to produce biogas from our paper manufacturing waste.

After the first stone was laid on 13 July 2016 and months of work, we were pleased to host a number of guests at the Golbey site, including investors, partners and representatives of local bodies, to mark the inauguration of the biogas production unit on 28 June 2018.

As well as creating new income streams, this unit offers many other benefits:

  • Reducing our carbon footprint and fossil CO2 emissions,
  • Re-using our effluent in a circular economy approach,
  • Reducing our electricity consumption and the use of chemicals to treat our effluent,
  • The project is in line with our environmental and Corporate Social Responsibility commitments,
  • The project is entirely in keeping with the French government’s commitment to develop bio-energies.

The project was financially supported by the Rhine-Meuse Water Agency and ADEME.


For more information, download our CSR report

  CSR report