Clean processes

Since 2004, Bolloré Thin Papers has been investing in reducing its environmental footprint and the environmental impact of its processes.

In order to ensure our manufacturing processes are ‘clean’, we are committed to:

  • reducing the amount of pollutants discharged into our waters
  • investing in renewable energy sources
  • reducing our energy consumption
  • recycling our solid waste
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Our eco-friendly facilities

2004: modern water treatment plant installed

In 2004, Papeteries du Léman installed a water treatment plant on site.
We invested 7 million euros in a Wet Air Oxidation (WAO) system, which converts lignin into a valuable by-product instead of burning and emitting CO2.
More than 92% of pumped water is treated, then returned to surface water supplies.
Our ESS and COD emissions are 70% lower than required by local regulations and 98% of the waste we produce is recycled by approved facilities.

2010: PCC production unit built

In 2007, Bolloré Thin Papers started gradually replacing titanium dioxide (which gives paper its whiteness and opacity) with Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) in their papers with higher grammages than 34 g/m².
In 2010, a PCC production facility was installed at the site, with the aim of using PCC in all our paper ranges.
Unlike titanium dioxide, which is in short supply, PCC can be produced in abundance.
Its production process requires CO2, obtained through the precipitation of limewater purified with carbon dioxide, and is not energy-intensive.

2011: starting construction of a biomass boiler

Some parts of the paper manufacturing process, particularly the drying stage, require a huge amount of steam.
Brought into operation on 2 January 2013, PDL’s biomass boiler produces 50% of the site’s steam demands.
It has reduced our CO2 emissions by 11,500 tonnes per year, therefore helping to reduce global warming, which is partly caused by the production and transmission of CO2.