Tullis Russell to flick the switch in October

Published: 14 Jun 2013 09:30

Tullis Russell, which employs 763 and turns over in excess of £150 million a year, is set to reduce its fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions by 250,000 tonnes a year when by switching its entire power generation to a new £212 million biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant in October.

Credit: ERIKS

The Fife papermaker and coating specialist, which recently signed a deal with Scotch whisky distiller Morrison Bowmore to supply cartonboard packaging for all its leading brands, will source steam and electricity from the new CHP plant, which will rely solely on recycled wood as a fuel source and will feed directly into the local grid, contributing to Scotland's energy generation.

Based in Markinch, the manufacturer, which says the facility is "the largest and most advanced of its type in the UK", will also open a new £1 million Tullis Russell Environmental Education Centre (T.R.E.E) this summer as an educational resource and to "motivate the community to embrace sustainability".

The Centre, which has been funded by Tullis Russell, The Russell Trust and the UK's Climate Change Fund, will be run as an independent company and has been built to emit 92 per cent less carbon dioxide than conventional constructions.

Listed as one of the top 500 companies in Scotland by Insider magazine, Tullis Russell, whose latest figures show a 2.4 per cent increase in profit on the previous year with an increase in turnover from £156 million to £178 million, also awarded a five-year contract said to be worth around £7.5 million to ERIKS, an international industrial provider supplying mechanical engineering components and associated technical and logistics services, in March - taking their relationship to the 17-year mark.

Paul Lynch, commercial director of Integrated Solutions, ERIKS UK, said: "Our product expertise and experience in this market, plus our strong track record on-site, were key to Tullis Russell choosing to remain with ERIKS and we are delighted to remain closely associated with a company of Tullis Russell's standing.

"This is yet another example of a customer renewing their contract with Integrated Solutions, and will take our relationship with Tullis Russell to the 17-year mark. This is practically unheard of in other outsourcing fields."

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