Water & Energy Efficiency
Water Recycling and Treatment
APRIL Group has invested in processes and technology to ensure best practice water and energy efficiency.
Water is used in almost every part of the pulp and paper making process. To produce quality pulp, clean water is essential. APRIL Group invests in water treatment technology to clean water taken from the river for mill usage with recycling processes ensuring that it consumes less by international standards than comparable operations. The benefits of this commitment are shared with the local communities as APRIL Group provides clean water to the nearby Kerinci township.
Overall, mill water withdrawals equate to 1.89% of the Kampar River’s mean river flow, well below government guidelines. Approximately 78% of this water is returned to the river as the result of innovative water treatment and recycling processes developed by an internal team of experts. The resulting impact of our water usage on the flow rate of the Kampar River is well below BAT (Best Available Technique) limits. Internal recycling practices mean APRIL Group reuses 90% of its general water usage through a commitment to collection and treatment.
APRIL Group has reduced dependence on fossil fuels by capturing and converting energy generated by its waste and production processes. Of APRIL Group’s total fuel energy consumption, 85% is now derived from bio fuels, reducing emissions as well as generating indirect benefits due to reduced transportation requirements.
The most significant contributor to bio fuel production is the operation of the world’s largest recovery boiler that captures energy from black liquor, a product of the pulp making process, and converts it into energy equating to 390MW per year. The energy from this and two other recovery boilers is used to produce steam for power generation and in the drying process for paper production.
Further energy efficiency is achieved through methanol capture, where methanol is captured through a process of distillation and evaporation involving black liquor. This is reused in kilns, again reducing the reliance on fossil fuels.
While much of this energy generation is directed at the pulp and paper manufacturing process, approximately 2% or 10MW is passed onto the local grid, providing local communities with an additional energy source.