SOUTH AFRICA – Sappi has entered into a power purchase agreement with Enpower Trading, a Nersa-licensed private electricity trading company.

This agreement, the first of its kind in the country, secures 175 GWh per year of renewable power, marking a crucial step towards sustainability for the forestry, paper, and pulp group.

By tapping into renewable energy from SolarAfrica Energy’s Sun Central PV project, located southeast of De Aar in the Northern Cape, Sappi aims to reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 4% and 5%, respectively, within South Africa.

This partnership underscores Sappi’s commitment to advancing renewable energy and positions it as a leader in fostering a circular economy, replacing fossil-based products with sustainable alternatives.

Scheduled for completion by the end of December 2025, the power supply agreement lays the groundwork for a strategic partnership between Sappi and Empower Trading over the next five years.

Empower Trading sees this collaboration as a pivotal step in revolutionizing South Africa’s electricity supply industry, providing cleaner and more cost-effective power to the market, and opening up new opportunities for growth and innovation.

James Beatty, CEO of Enpower Trading, emphasizes the agreement’s potential to alleviate the country’s load-shedding crisis and offer a scalable solution for future energy challenges.

The project’s impact extends beyond environmental benefits. It contributes to the diversification of South Africa’s energy mix and fosters a more competitive energy market.

While integrating renewable energy into Sappi’s manufacturing processes presents logistical challenges, both companies are steadfast in their commitment to overcoming these obstacles through meticulous planning, collaboration, and innovative solutions.

Alex Thiel, CEO of Sappi Southern Africa, highlights the significance of this agreement in advancing the company’s regional and global sustainability targets, emphasizing its contribution to reducing carbon emissions and supporting Sustainable Development Goal 7: Clean Energy.

As South Africa progresses towards a more sustainable future, partnerships like this serve as a blueprint for driving meaningful change in the energy landscape.

Building on its commitment to sustainability, Sappi has achieved another milestone with the certification of its renewable woodfibre-based product, Pelletin, as per the GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance (FSA) 2020 standard.

This certification, awarded to Pelletin, marks Sappi as only the second organization in Africa to attain such recognition.

Derived from lignin, a prominent component of wood and a versatile organic polymer, Pelletin is highly useful in various industrial and agricultural applications.

Utilizing lignin sourced from the pulping process as a byproduct, Sappi Southern Africa has leveraged it to develop an additive for animal feed manufacturing.

The GMP+ certification is globally recognized as the most stringent animal feed standard, ensuring feed products’ safety and quality throughout the production chain.

It strongly emphasizes quality assurance and risk management within the animal feed industry.

Sappi Southern Africa’s certification encompasses the ‘Trade-in Feed,’ demonstrating its commitment to providing safe, high-quality animal feed ingredients.

Additionally, Sappi Tugela Mill has been granted the ‘Production of Feed Additives’ certification, further solidifying its position as a trusted provider in the animal feed sector.

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