Clean Manufacturing has been a priority since APR began our operations. The continuous work to improve every aspect of our recovery process toward closed loop production, and ensure we perform in the top quartile of existing industry standards. We are aligning our performance benchmarked against EU BAT. This pushes us to improve our operation and process engineering.


At APR we handle the worlds most valuable resource with great respect. Water is a key aspect of a sustainable production of Viscose Staple Fibre (VSF). We have set strict targets based on industry standards and we will keep improving on our water consumption by setting more strict targets for 2020 and onwards.


64.37m3/ton VSF


All energy used by APR is from 100% renewable resources. At APR we continuously strive to improve energy efficiency. Energy management is a key aspects of a sustainable production of Viscose Staple Fibre (VSF). We are committed to minimizing our production footprint are currently in the process of assessing the Carbon footprint of our mill.

Energy Consumption

1.04 MWh/ton VSF

Source of Energy

Renewable Resources

Chemical Recovery

APR’s mill is equipped with carbon disulphide recovery plant which enables a total Sulphur recovery rate of greater than 90% through condensation, absorption recovery and boiler incineration and desulphurisation treatment of tail gas. As a start-up mill, we have yet to achieve optimum recovery rates but we are confident we can improve our recovery efficiency going forward.

Chemical Recovery

Carbon Disulphide (CS2)

Effluent Emissions

We are committed to zero discharge of hazardous substances and monitor our waste water quality continuously. As a contributing member of the ZDHC, we intend to further improve our performance in line with the new standard being developed by the ZDHC for man made cellulosic fibres (MMCF) as well as the European Union Best Available Technologies (EU BAT) guidelines.

Effluent Quality

Chemical Oxygen Deman (COD) 56.96 mg/litre

Source of Energy

Total Suspended Solids (TSS) 40.12 mg/litre

Air Emissions

The emission of Sulphur compounds to air is continuously monitored and target are set based on internationally recognised standards. We fully intend to further improve on our performance and to achieve the targets set in line with the European Union Best Available Technologies (EU BAT) guideline in future.

Air Emissions​

Total Sulphur 29.96 kg/t VSF

EU BAT Compliance

Parameter UoM EU BAT APR
Consumption CS2 Consumption kg/t VSF <80 - 100
Freshwater consumption m3/t VSF <35 - 70
Total Energy consumption GJ/t <20 - 30
Total Pulp consumptions t/t VSF <1.035 - 1.065
Caustic Soda (NaOH) t/t VSF <0.4 - 0.6
Sulphuric acid (H2SO4) t/t VSF <0.6 -1
Zinc (Z) g/t VSF <2-10
Spin Finish oil – Honol kg/t VSF <3-5
Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) kg/t VSF <0-50
Emissions Total Sulphur to Environment kg/t VSF <12 - 20 1
COD g/t VSF <3000- 5000
SO4 kg/t VSF <200 - 300
Zinc g/kg VSF <0.01 - 0.05 2
Waste Haz Waste kg/t VSF <<0.2 - 2 3
  1. Total Sulphur to air emissions compliant with EU Ecolabel standards. Our aim is to be fully compliant by 2025.
  2. To improve our recovery rates to 98%, we will be investing in strengthening our recovery systems to be completed in 2023. We aim to operate at above 90% recovery rates from 2021.
  3. We are developing a waste reduction plan Compliance with EU BAT expected in 2022.
*All information above based on 2019 Q4 average performance

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