Södra inaugurates world’s first fossil-free biomethanol plant in Sweden
Sweden’s Minister for Enterprise Ibrahim Baylan inaugurated Södra’s plant for commercial biomethanol at the pulp mill in Mönsterås , Sweden.
“Södra’s investment is entirely in line with the European Green Deal as set out by the European Commission, which has the aim of dramatically reducing our carbon footprint and reducing emissions. By manufacturing the world’s first fossil-free biomethanol, we are demonstrating how engineering prowess and innovation can contribute to the transition of society. We are pleased that the importance of this kind of investment is understood by politicians,” said Lena Ek, Chairman of Södra.
The transition to a bioeconomy means that all raw materials must be used efficiently. The biomethanol will be made from the crude methanol derived from the manufacturing process at Södra’s pulp mill, where the premise is that all of the parts of the renewable wood raw material are used as efficiently as possible.
Södra is investing extensively in liquid biofuel and has robust sustainability targets of its own for entirely fossil-free transportation by 2030.