Eon has signed a deal to build a combined heat and power plant at DS Smith’s Kemsley paper mill in Kent.
The energy company said the 75MW development is its largest customer solutions project in a decade.
The plant, due to start generating in 2021, will provide steam required for DS Smith’s processes as well as power. Colin Smith, CEO for DS Smith Paper and Recycling divisions, said the firm “expects to see a 36,000 tons per year carbon reduction” as a result.
DS Smith has set a target to reduce its carbon emissions 30 per cent by 2030.
Anthony Ainsworth, CEO of Eon Connecting Energies, said generating steam and power on-site gives energy intensive industries greater efficiency. “We want to show that sustainability and profitability can do hand in hand,” he added.