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Portugal: Biomass boiler in textiles factory cuts CO2 emissions by 95 per cent

Carrington Textiles, a global manufacturer of workwear textiles, in collaboration with its joint venture partner MGC in Portugal, has announced notable reductions in carbon emissions following the implementation of a biomass boiler at its facility last year.

This initiative has enabled the factory to generate 95% of the steam required for manufacturing while cutting natural gas usage by 70%, representing a significant stride towards more sustainable textile production methods.

MGC’s biomass boiler utilizes responsibly sourced wood chips sourced from local forests within a 50 km radius of the factory, all certified by SURE (Sustainable Resources), as stated by the company.

These wood chips consist of residual wood intended for the paper industry, necessitating removal to mitigate fire risks.

The ash produced during the process is repurposed as soil fertilizer following treatment to prevent soil contamination.

This new equipment operates on a carbon-neutral basis, contributing to an overall 45% reduction in CO2 emissions for the textile manufacturer compared to 2022.

Jose Melo, Managing Director of MGC, expressed his thoughts on this accomplishment: “The installation of the biomass boiler signifies a significant milestone in our quest to enhance energy efficiency in our manufacturing processes. The substantial decrease in CO2 emissions underscores our dedication to environmental responsibility.”

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