Global demand for bioproducts is rapidly growing, above all driven by the global green trends and responsible consumption.
The local valorisation of renewable raw materials reduces environmental impact in the raw material logistics chain, as the product volume is nearly 5 times smaller than the volume of raw materials. In order to fulfil development trends and environmental protection goals and to promote a circular economy, a need for packaging products is growing in the society, due to, for instance, the prohibition of non-reusable plastic products. The consumption of various biochemistry products and sanitary paper is also growing.
The valorisation of wood starts with the production of pulp and ends with the limitless possibilities of wood chemistry. Ordinary and dissolving pulp as well as green energy are the core products of the production complex, but we intend to develop the production cycle to expand the product range to tens of components – from liquid fuels to carbon fibres and plasticisers.
As raw materials, the production complex will produce dissolving pulp, pulp, tall oil and renewable energy, bio-fertilisers and growth promoters. As end products, the complex will produce raw materials for various fabrics, e.g. viscose fabric, for the textile industry. The development of the bioproducts complex will also open a possibility to produce both biofuels and specialised chemistry product groups: plasticisers (of lignin), binding agents (of lignin), phenols (of lignin), polyesters (of hemicellulose), hydrogels (of hemicellulose), antioxidants (of extractives), etc.
The biochemicals will mainly include industrial chemicals which further processors will valorise into consumer chemicals, as well as raw materials for the production of biofuels. Depending on the product and the raw material, the production volume would be 330,000 to 500,000 tonnes a year.
According to forecasts, a stable increase is expected in the demand for both coniferous and non-coniferous pulp, 1.1% and 2.2%, respectively. According to studies, the market for dissolving pulp will even grow by 4.1% a year. Experts also forecast an average annual growth of 8.1% for the global bioproducts market in 2020–2025, which means that the 2025 transactions in the bioproducts market will exceed 850 billion dollars.
We shall add value to Estonian pulpwood in Estonia
We believe that developing the local valorisation of pulpwood is important and right, instead of exporting wood as round timber or burning wood for energy. The valorisation of wood is environmentally sustainable and has a long value chain. We encounter bioproducts and end products made of these at every step in our everyday life.