DS Smith extends partnership with GE to cut emissions at its Lucca plant


DS Smith and GE Gas Power, a world leader in natural gas power technology, announce an extension of their successful partnership at the Lucca Paper Mill in Italy.
The new aeroderivative gas turbine is the latest configuration of GE’s dry low emissions technology offering higher output and increased efficiency, ultimately enabling the paper mill to reduce emissions. Producing 420,000 tonnes of recycled paper annually, the DS Smith mill in Lucca is one of the largest in DS Smith’s global network. The new technology being deployed will result in a 2% increase in efficiency at the mill, which will deliver a substantial reduction of gas consumption and CO₂ emissions.
Over a year this is estimated to be almost 2 million standard cubic meters of natural gas and up to 4,000 tonnes of carbon. This is the equivalent of removing nearly 900 passenger vehicles from the roads each year.
«As a leading global manufacturer of sustainable corrugated case materials and specialty papers,» says Stefano Andreotti, Project Director of DS Smith and CEO of DS Smith Paper Italy, «we are committed to creating high-quality, high-performing products, providing the solutions that our customers and society demand. By utilising GE’s proven aeroderivative gas turbine technology we can improve the efficiency, power output and lifetime of our power generation assets, while reducing the emission to atmosphere and optimizing the cost of steam and electricity».
Today, the DS Smith paper mill in Lucca has the most efficient LM6000 gas turbines in Italy, according to GE, and the continued partnership will further improve resource efficiencies and contribute to DS Smith’s corporate goal of reducing CO₂ emissions by 30% by 2030.