Sappi Signs 175GWh PA Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement with Enpower Trading

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Under the Power Purchase Agreement, Enpower Trading will supply Sappi with a utility-scale renewable power solution over a five-year period in South Africa, reducing Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions of Sappi Southern Africa by 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

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In a positive move to reduce its carbon footprint, Sappi Southern Africa has concluded a milestone 175GWh per annum renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Enpower Trading, a NERSA-licensed private electricity trading company from South Africa.
As per a statement issued by Sappi, the decision to partner with Enpower Trading aligned seamlessly with Sappi’s broader sustainability goals and was a significant move towards attaining its Science Based Target (SBTi) objectives. 
By implementing this renewable energy solution at its multiple South African operations, it was expected that Sappi SA and Sappi Limited’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions would be reduced by 6 percent and 4 percent respectively.  
The power supplied to Sappi will be sourced from SolarAfrica Energy’s Sun Central PV project. SolarAfrica Energy, an integrated energy solutions provider, is executing one of the largest solar farms in South Africa – the 1GW Sun Central PV project, located southeast of De Aar in the Northern Cape.
With the agreement signed in April, power will be supplied as from the end of December 2025. The agreement has initiated a first-of-its-kind PPA in which Enpower Trading will supply Sappi with a utility-scale renewable power solution over a five-year period, paving the way for an evolving strategic partnership between Sappi and the trading company.
As a leading global provider of everyday materials made from woodfibre-based renewable resources, Sappi has always focused on building a more circular economy by making superior alternatives that replace fossil-based products. The implementation of renewable energy trading through this agreement has enabled Sappi to demonstrate leadership in sustainable business practices, whilst reducing its reliance on fossil fuels and ensuring cost effectiveness.
“This agreement underscores our commitment to increase our share of renewable and clean energy alternatives and moves us closer to reaching our regional and global targets This makes a significant impact in reducing our carbon footprint and reaffirms our support for SDG7: Clean Energy.  We are pleased to be working with like-minded, sustainable partners in pursuing these goals,” said Mr. Alex Thiel, CEO of Sappi Southern Africa of the partnership.
Similarly, this is an important stride toward Enpower Trading realizing its goal to contribute to the transformation of the South African electricity supply industry by providing cleaner and more affordable power to the South African marketplace.

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