Our Energy Challenge
Like many local manufacturers, Australian Paper is facing challenges. We’re determined to face these efficiently and responsibly by harnessing innovative, proven technologies. A key priority is to stabilise our costs, and one of the most significant focus areas is energy.
Despite being Victoria’s largest generator of baseload renewable energy, we are also the largest industrial user of natural gas in Victoria and use significant quantities of coal-fired electricity. Like any other business or household in Australia, we are exposed to surges in energy prices and uncertainty of supply.
What is Energy from Waste?
To help manage our energy costs, Australian Paper is proposing to construct a thermal Energy from Waste (EfW) plant adjacent to our Maryvale Paper Mill site in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.
This technology creates energy from the controlled combustion of non-hazardous waste materials that would otherwise go to landfill.
EfW is recognised as a proven and reliable technology which has been used in Europe, North America and Japan for decades. There are over 500 operational EfW plants in Europe alone, many of which are in and around major cities such as Paris, Zurich, Vienna and London. Countries such as Germany, Austria and Sweden utilise EfW as a key component in the wastes management hierarchy, reducing their landfill to almost zero.See Project Summary
The proposed $600 million EfW plant would process up to 650,000 tonnes of residual Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as well as Commercial and Industrial (C&I) waste.
It would allow Australian Paper to attain a sustainable, long-term and stable alternative baseload energy source to produce steam and electricity for the Maryvale Mill.
- Energy security for Australian Paper’s Maryvale Mill
- Divert 650,000 tonnes of non-hazardous residual waste away from landfill
- Reduce greenhouse gases by over 540,000 tonnes per annum
- Support an estimated 1,600 jobs during construction and 440 ongoing
Studies and approvals
Following more than two years of detailed work, Australian Paper has released the key findings from its $7.5 million Energy from Waste (EfW) feasibility study, co-funded with support from the Victorian and Australian Governments.
This study sought to quantify the benefits of using world’s best practice EfW technology to help secure our energy future and provide a platform for ongoing growth and investment. It concluded that an EfW plant at our Maryvale Mill would be socially, economically, environmentally, and commercially viable.
This project would result in an investment of over $600 million for the Latrobe Valley and help support 850 existing jobs, and create a further 1,046 jobs each year for the three years of construction, and 911 direct and indirect jobs thereafter.
The report highlights the unique opportunity the EfW facility presents to address the waste management challenges facing South East Melbourne. By diverting approximately 650,000 tonnes of residential and commercial waste from Victorian landfill each year, the EfW plant would provide essential waste management and resource recovery infrastructure for Victoria and potentially reduce net CO2 emissions by 543,000 tonnes a year.
Australian Paper is now focused on taking this important regional investment for the Latrobe Valley to the Development Stage, where we will work to finalise approvals and secure long term waste supply contracts as well as appoint suitable partners to undertake the engineering, procurement and construction.
For more information on the findings of the feasibility study, or the EfW project more generally, we encourage you to download the documents below. You can also register to receive project updates at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can drop into the EfW Project Office at 126 George St, Morwell on Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm.
Feasibility Study Report
Feasibility Study Report: Appendices
Economic Impacts of Proposed Energy from Waste Plant – WRI Report, 2019
Health Impact Assessment
On 25 May 2018 Australian Paper lodged a comprehensive EPA Works Approval Application.
Extensive community consultation was undertaken including a section 20b community conference which was attended by more than 60 community members, including local residents, representatives from not-for-profit organisations and businesses.
Further, it included a Health Impacts Assessment of the facility which confirmed that the facility’s impacts on community health would be negligible.
On 28 November 2018, the EPA issued a Works Approval for Australian Paper’s Energy from Waste (EfW) facility.
You can view this approval, along with other supporting material, at https://engage.vic.gov.au/epa-works-approvals/australian-paper-wa
Australian Paper has also been granted a planning permit from Latrobe City Council to proceed with construction of the Energy from Waste facility.
- Australian Paper will now seek to secure long term supplies of 650,000 tonnes pa of residual MSW and C&I waste.
- The EfW Project team will now build a detailed business case for the management of Australian Paper and its parent company to consider.
Want more information?
You can receive regular EfW progress updates by joining our stakeholder mailing list at email@example.com
Members of our local community can also learn more about the feasibility study and the possibility of generating an alternative energy source from municipal waste by visiting the EfW Information Centre which is open to the public from 10am – 3pm each Tuesday at 126 George Street, Morwell.