Guide

Paper manufacturing energy efficiency

Introduction

Paper and cardboard production is an energy-intensive industry that creates significant carbon emissions. The industry includes paper and paperboard manufacturers, and businesses that produce paper and paperboard products. It also includes businesses that carry out finishing activities, such as coating, covering, laminating and embossing paper or cardboard.

Paper and cardboard manufacturing uses large amounts of energy to power equipment and machinery, as well as for heating, lighting and cooling. Many paper mills generate their energy on site using combined heat and power plants, fuelled by gas, oil, or with by-products and waste. Using energy efficiently and cutting your carbon emissions can benefit your business, for example by reducing your costs and improving your reputation.

This guide explains your legal obligations to reduce carbon emissions and how you can save money by improving energy efficiency and using alternative energy supplies.