|Mondi wins three of the 2010 PPI Awards
Mondi, the global paper and packaging company accepted 3 awards at the 2010 PPI awards in categories for company, mill, and individual achievements:
• The prize for the environmental strategy of the year in the company category for Mondi Group, Austria
• The prize for the environmental strategy of the year in the mill category for Mondi SCP in Ruzomberok, Slovakia
• The prize for the research achievement of the year for Andreas Kornherr from Mondi Uncoated Fine & Kraft Paper
Peter Oswald, CEO of Mondi Europe & International, says: "These awards mean a lot to Mondi. We have worked hard for this and it is gratifying to receive recognition for our efforts in so many areas."
Environmental strategy of the year in the company category for Mondi
Mondi Group's overall focus on sustainability is entrenched in the belief that industry should play an important role in the global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the world's ecosystems. To help meet these challenges, the Group concentrates on a series of environmental commitments regarding carbon based energy consumption; water consumption; emissions to air and water; waste generation and disposal and recycling of paper and board materials. The award acknowledges the comprehensive environmental improvement programme that spans a 5 year period and is supported by a number of efficiency projects. "We are very grateful to receive such a prestigious award" says Christian Ramaseder, Group Environmental Manager. "It is a testimony to having taken the right actions for reducing our environmental footprint and therefore becoming more resource efficient."
Environmental strategy of the year in the mill category for Mondi SCP
With the mill's instrumental IMPULS project, Mondi SCP has implemented further environmental production processes to protect and maintain the ecosystem and beauty of the area. By implementing best available technologies (BAT), Mondi SCP decreased emissions to air by an average of 94% and water by 66%. Fresh water consumption decreased due to waste water reuse made possible by the mill's biological waste water treatment plant. The mill also achieved reductions in energy consumption, relying primarily on green energy from biogenic sources for production. "We have undertaken significant measures to protect the surrounding environment at Mondi SCP and by doing so we also have a positive effect on the environment globally, "says Roman Senecky, Managing Director at Mondi SCP. "We are pleased to have this acknowledged by winning the award."
Research achievement of the year in the category for individual achievements
The prize for the research achievement of the year went to Andreas Kornherr of Mondi Uncoated Fine and Kraft Paper. Together with team members Paul Achatz and Gerhard Drexler, and in close cooperation with Prof. Georg Reischl from the University of Vienna's Physics department, Kornherr was nominated for his Acoustic Dust Tester (ADT), a patented new method, which uses acoustic waves to impose defined mechanical stress on paper sheets to measure nano- and micro particle emissions. Kornherr comments, "It is very fulfilling to be part of a project that has a direct impact on subsequent processes within the paper industry."
The PPI Awards are organised by RISI, one of the leading information providers about the global forest products industry. The awards aim at honouring leadership, vision, innovation and strategic accomplishments within the pulp and paper industry.