Sustainability has been a key driver when planning the new Huhtamaki factory. The unit will be highly self-contained when it comes to energy. Heating will be generated from the waste energy from the factory and geothermal heat from the factory ground. Additionally, some natural gas will be used.
The wall and roof structures of the building are optimized for energy saving, and more savings will come from smart building technology. When there is no one working in a particular area, the lighting is automatically switched off. Also, the LED lights in the factory play an important role in reducing energy consumption. It is calculated that they are up to 80% more efficient than the traditional fluorescent lights.
Factory machinery and production methods will be modernized as well, and this will create additional sustainability benefits. For example, the facility will switch from solvent-based to water-based print colors, and the need for solvent vapor treatment will thereby be eliminated.