Shotton UPM CHP bioenergy conflict

A combined heat and power (CWP) paper boiler was built at UPMs paper mill factory. UPM Shotton is the largest producer of newsprint in the UK. The site produces up to 520 000 tonnes of newspaper annually and employs 405 workers. UPM as a total company has net sales of 1.26 billion (in 2005) and employs 2700 people in Europe. The CWP boiler was commissioned in 2006. It runs on waste paper and domestic waste. It powers 100 percent of the paper mills energy demand. The boiler uses waste paper by-products from the newspaper production process at the site. It also uses domestic waste (mostly sludge) generated from the local population and taken from the local municipality (Flintshire). There are environmental positives including reducing GHGEs and waste, but negatives in the form of increased pollution.

Ongoing conflict? yes
Conflict type Bioenergy governance conflicts
Resources household waste, solid wood
Issues economical, 2 social, 4 ecological, cultural
Keywords UPM, Shotton, conflict, bioenergy
Start date 2006
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Intensity public debate
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