Chinese viscose producer Sateri’s mills in Jiujiang and Jiangxi have been verified to comply with the European Union Best Available Techniques (EU-BAT) standard, taking the company a step closer to its goal of having all its mills in the country meet the standard’s provisions by 2023.
The latest verification takes the total number of Sateri EU-BAT compliant mills to three of five, accounting for more than 60% of the firm’s overall fibre production capacity.
Verified by independent consultant Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS), a division of BluWin Limited (UK), the parameters of the EU-BAT BREF assessed included resource utility efficiency, wastewater discharge and air emission.
In the assessment reports, STS noted the energy intensity and air emission of Sateri Jiujiang and Sateri Jiangxi were well under EU-BAT norms for viscose production. Considering the EU-BAT energy requirements limit of 30GJ/MTf, the mills were each saving about 1,100 kg CO2/MT of fibre production.
Sateri Jiangxi is a 16-year-old mill and the company’s first facility, while Sateri Jiujiang was acquired and expanded in 2015.
“For three of our five mills to meet the EU-BAT emissions limits in such a short span of time is a testament to our continued investment in best-in-class technologies. This applies to all our mills – regardless of whether they are existing, acquired, or newly constructed ones – as we aim to achieve a high level of sustainability performance across all our operations,” says Sateri president Allen Zhang.
The company remains on track for its remaining two mills, Sateri Jiangsu and Sateri China, which were acquired and newly-built in 2019 respectively, to comply with EU-BAT’s recommended emission levels by 2023.
In April this year, Sateri Fujian was the company’s first mill to be verified as being EU-BAT compliant.