Major investment at LECA in Denmark to reduce CO2 footprint

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 14:03
Saint-Gobain invests in a new biomass project to make the LECA factory in Hinge more competitive and sustainable. Government funding covers 49,5 M DKK, Saint-Gobain covers the remaining of the 110 M DKK total investment.

At the beginning of the year Saint-Gobain businesses in the Nordic region switched electricity supply to Green Electricity, and a big investment to further reducing the footprint is made.

The LECA factory in Hinge has just announced an investment of 110 million DKK for a major biomass facility. The facility will make the plant more competitive and more sustainable. The project will allow fossil fuels used in production to be replaced with biomass, which should lead to a reduction of CO2emissions by more than 50%. At the same time, this investment opens the possibility to utilize the surplus heat for district heating in the future.

At LECA they are pleased with the investment.

- This means a lot for LECA. Both because the project will ensure competitive production in Hinge for many years to come, and because it is going to have a noticeable positive effect in relation to the environmental impact, says Torben Dyrberg, CEO for LECA International.

Investment in sustainability

For and Saint-Gobain and LECA sustainability is a key area, and the local project in Hinge was well received by the Group as it contributes to the overall objective of reducing emissions by 20 % by 2025.

- In addition to halving our CO2 footprint, we are able to use a type of biofuel that usually ends in landfill, since it is unfit for most others to use. So with this project we contribute to a low carbon footprint and circular economy, says Jesper Schmidt, project manager at LECA Denmark.

The project is supported with 49,5 million. DKK from the VE Process grant scheme - a scheme from the Danish Energy Agency, which was launched as plant support for companies converting process energy from fossil to renewable energy. The rest is Saint-Gobain's own investment in the project, which consists of a flue gas treatment plant and a milling plant.

The project will be initiated after summer 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

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