E.ON awarded major contract by DS Smith in the UK

03/15/2019 Joint Press Release

  • E.ON to build combined heat and power facility for DS Smith in Kent
  • Annual savings of 36.000 tons of carbon
  • Long-standing site partnership extended for a further 20 years
E.ON awarded major contract by DS Smith in the UK
Picture: With the construction and operation of the customer power plant for DS Smith, E.ON receives one of the largest orders in the past 10 years.

DS Smith, the leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions, and E.ON, a leading energy company in Europe, have today announced the signing of a major agreement to construct a state-of-the-art combined heat and power (CHP) facility at Kemsley Paper Mill in Kent (UK).

The facility will replace the existing CHP and extend E.ON’s partnership at the site with DS Smith for the next 20 years. The facility has been specifically designed to set the standards in efficiency, sustainability and reliability. The new plant will enable a carbon reduction of 36,000 tons per year. This is the equivalent of 30,000 medium-sized cars driving 10,000 kilometers a year.

Once complete, it will have an electrical capacity of 75 megawatt (MW), generating steam and power for DS Smith’s production processes at its flagship Kemsley Mill site. With 830,000 tonnes of paper manufactured at the mill every year, the partnership will further improve resource efficiencies and contribute to DS Smith’s corporate goal of reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

The program will be one of E.ON’s largest customer solutions projects in more than a decade. E.ON will finance, build and operate the CHP. The two-year construction phase of the CHP plant is due to start this year. The facility is planned for commission in 2021.

Colin McIntyre, CEO for DS Smith Paper and Recycling Divisions: “Embracing world-leading innovation to minimize our environmental impact is a key corporate goal for DS Smith. Partnering with E.ON to develop a state-of-the-art solution to meet our long-term energy requirements is a vital element to achieve this ambition and we expect to see a 36,000 tons per year carbon reduction from improved efficiency at the new facility. We are looking forward to construction beginning later this year as we are delighted with the benefits the new plant will bring to our business, as well as the opportunity this gives us to continue our strategic partnership with E.ON.”

Anthony Ainsworth, CEO E.ON Connecting Energies: “Generating steam and power on-site, where it is needed, gives energy-intensive industries the benefit of a highly efficient energy solution that improves their operations. We want to help our customers reach their carbon reduction goals and show that sustainability and profitability can go hand in hand with the right solution tailored to their business needs.”

About DS Smith

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable packaging, supported by recycling and papermaking operations. Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith focuses on creating innovative sustainable packaging solutions in 37 countries employing around 32,000 people. Using the combined expertise of its four divisions – Packaging, Recycling, Paper, and Plastics – DS Smith works with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the supply chain. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family. For more information, please visit www.dssmith.com

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