The demand of paper in India has been in the trend line of 8% for some time. So far, the growth in paper industry has reflected the growth in GDP and has grown on an average of 6-7 per cent over the last few years. India is the fastest growing market for paper globally and it presents an exciting scenario; paper consumption is poised for a big leap forward in future years with the economic growth and is estimated to touch 20 million tons by 2020. Pulp & Paper industry is an energy intensive industry. The consumption of steam per ton of paper production is 1.5 to 2.0 Per Ton & electricity consumption is 350 to 400 units per ton of paper. Out of eight sectors under the Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) mechanism, the energy consumption of pulp and paper industry is 1.4 million MTOE. This is 0.6% of total energy consumption (230 million MTOE) of all eight sectors and totally 31 pulp and paper industries have been included in the PAT mechanism.
The Indian Pulp & Paper sector is facing some developmental challenges to increase the global competitiveness on the following fronts – Capital expenditure, Energy Cost, Availability of raw materials, Green technologies & Quality improvement. With this background, this Technology Compendium, which comprises of various technologies and best practices to save energy, has been prepared. This compendium is expected to assist the designated consumers to improve their energy efficiency levels and finally to achieve the targets under PAT scheme. This research reveals that, by implementing the Best Available Technologies & practices, the Paper sector can easily achieve its PAT target.
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