Sofidel has signed a 10-year contract with ENGIE for the supply of renewable gas biomethane at its production plant in Roanne, France.
The contract is a BPA (Biomethane Purchase Agreement), which Sofidel said is one of the first of its kind in the tissue industry.
Biomethane is a renewable gas that is produced through the purification of biogas, generated by the anaerobic fermentation of organic residues.
ENGIE’s plant is located adjacent to Sofidel France’s Roanne production facility and will use sewage sludge sourced from the municipality of Roanne and residues from the local agribusiness sector.
Under this contract, ENGIE will supply Sofidel with 25,000MWh/year of biomethane, effectively covering 40% of Sofidel France plant’s thermal energy needs.
The company added that by transitioning to this renewable energy source, it is poised to cut its annual carbon emissions by 4,600 tons.