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Energy strategies in the pulp and paper industry in Sweden: Interactions between efficient resource utilisation and increased product diversification
Linköping University, Sweden.
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Built Environment, Energy and Resources.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0951-8688
Linköping University, Sweden.
2021 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 311, article id 127681Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The pulp and paper industry faces several challenges linked to climate and environmental impact, resource efficiency, rising energy prices, increased competition for biomass resources, and declining demand for traditional printed paper products. However, these challenges also offer strategic opportunities for the industry to develop into a competitive, resource-efficient, and low-carbon industry in line with a biobased economy. Against this background, this paper aims to analyse current energy strategies in the pulp and paper industry in Sweden. Specifically, the paper analyses how companies combine continuous process efficiency to reduce energy costs with activities that could be developed into new energy-related products to increase revenue. Most of the analysed companies work to various degrees with both these strategies, employing methods that include improving energy efficiency, energy security, and energy conversion, as well as developing a wide range of biobased energy products. However, our study indicates that there is an untapped potential associated with energy product development, and we conclude that energy efficiency measures can free up resources, enabling the development of new energy products. Finally, several potential managerial outcomes and implications are outlined. © 2021 The Authors

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Elsevier Ltd , 2021. Vol. 311, article id 127681
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Energy efficiency, Energy management, Energy strategy, Product diversification, Pulp and paper industry, Resource utilisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-53523DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.127681Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85107019886OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-53523DiVA, id: diva2:1568302
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Funding details: Energimyndigheten, 42344-1; Funding text 1: This project was funded by the Swedish Energy Agency , grant number 42344-1 . We would like to warmly thank the interview respondents for giving us insight into their energy strategies. We would also like to thank Dr Ksenia Onufrey and Professor Anna Bergek for good cooperation throughout the project.

Available from: 2021-06-17 Created: 2021-06-17 Last updated: 2021-12-23Bibliographically approved

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