Norrköping, Sweden from Nov. 6th-7th, 2018

The 7th IBBA workshop addressed Industrial Wastewater Management: Exploring higher energy efficiency and sustainable solutions – special focus on pulp and paper residues

The treatment of wastewater for industrial activities, such as pulp and paper production, is often highly energy intensive and alternatives are needed to achieve the reduction targets for fossil CO2-emissions. At the same time, sustainable wastewater management holds the potential for producing renewable fuels, such as biogas.

IBBA invited participants to discuss more resource efficient concepts, which combine e.g. industrial wastewater treatment with biogas production. The concepts should improve the carbon footprint of industrial wastewater treatment – through both energy savings and renewable fuel production.

Experts from the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), Biogas Research Center (BRC), Swedish Forest Industries Federation, Scandinavian Biogas and Episome Biotech, among others, presented case studies and new concepts. On day two we visited the Fiskeby Board mill including their wastewater treatment plant, at which biogas is produced in an anaerobic step.

The Effisludge team put together a workshop report with the main ideas and highlights, which can be found here.


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Tuesday, November 6th, 2018




Welcome to the 7th Inter Baltic Biogas Arena Workshop

Prof. Frank Scholwin, Institute for Biogas, Waste Management and Energy, Germany 

Keynote: Possibilities for optimizing the carbon footprint in the energy-intensive pulp/paper industry

Mr. Nicola Rega, Climate Change & Energy Director, CEPI

Biogas from the Swedish forest industry and its role in the bioeconomy

Ms. Helena Sjögren, Swedish Forest Industries Federation, Sweden



Sponsor presentations from Veolia Biothane and Biokraft

– Scandinavian Biogas

– Biokraft

– Veolia Biothane

EffiSludge: a model project for energy savings and sustainability in the pulp and paper industry

Dr. Francesco Ometto, Scandinavian Biogas Fuels AB, Sweden

Case Study Norrköping

Prof. Mats Eklund, Biogas Research Centre, Sweden


Lunch Break


Speed Dating – Networking



Anaerobic wastewater treatment at Trebsen paper mill for biomethane production and use – a German case

Mr. Simon Detscher, CEO, revis bioenergy GmbH, Germany

Valorization of industrial effluent through the recovery of energy as Biogas & Biomethane and recovery of water: cases applied for the Pulp and Paper industry

Mr. Erik Draber, Veolia Biothane, Netherlands




Brainstorming Session

Group work on important topics for Industrial Wastewater Management with focus on pulp and paper residues



Concluding Remarks


Dinner and Discussion

Knäppingen – Spiseri & Bryggeri : a microbrewery in the heart of Norrkoping located in a 200 year old building!
During the evening  we will have the opportunity to discover the magic art of beer and taste delicious food.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Major reactor development for anaerobic treatment in the pulp and paper industry

Mr. Leo Habets, Paques, Netherlands


Sustainable challenges for large Pulp and Paper Mills

Mr. Amund Saxrud, Norske Skog Skogn, Norway

Primary Paper Sludge Hydrolysis by Live Cellulolytic Microorganisms for Economically Feasible Biogas Production

Dr. Murat Balaban, Episome Biotechnologies, Turkey


Lunch Break

Sustainability and innovation at Södra: the Durapulp for LIFE project

Ms. Julia Klein, Södra, Sweden

Fiskeby Plant Introduction

Mr. Magnus Johanson, Fiskeby, Sweden


Closing Remarks


Lunch Break


Bus to Fiskeby plant and site visit


Bus from Fiskeby