The paper industry is a resource-intensive industry. This is why ever since Progroup was founded in 1991 the company has pursued a consistent Green Hightech strategy. It has become increasingly relevant over the years. Exacerbated by the mega trends across the world of globalisation and population growth, there is an ever increasing demand for resources. At the same time, among other things because of economic growth and increased traffic levels, CO2 emissions are rising around the world, which is causing global warming and posing a real threat to our planet. We know that the resources on planet Earth are finite. This is why Progroup recognised its responsibility at an early stage and has consistently focused on conserving resources and reducing CO2 emissions in everything it does as a company.
The circular economy is therefore modelled on the natural cycle of materials and attempts to achieve multiple uses of materials with zero waste and zero emissions.
What this means for Progroup is wherever possible employing technologies which seek to deliver zero waste and zero emissions. For example, the self-contained water cycle means that the “waste to energy” principle can be implemented: The circulating water treatment plant integrated in PM3 makes it possible to reduce the amount of fresh water that needs to be used by around 80 per cent compared to similar factories. The water is filtered in the “biological kidney”, which in the process not only saves water, but also generates biogas which is fed into the boiler house, the powerhouse of the paper machine. This in turn ensures that the plant as a whole consumes ten per cent fewer fossil resources.