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Kimberly-Clark Goes Green in North Wales with Renewable Energy for Tissue Manufacturing

by RES | Jul 26, 2023 | Reading time: 4 min

HYRO takes another step toward helping energy-intensive businesses by seeking consent for its first green hydrogen project at parent company of Huggies®, Andrex® and Kleenex®

HYRO – a joint venture between RES and Octopus Energy Generation – has submitted a planning application to Flintshire County Council for its Coleshill Green Hydrogen Project. The scheme is one of two projects located on existing Kimberly-Clark sites which aim to assist the roll out of this reliable, and cost-competitive source of power for industrial businesses.


The Coleshill Green Hydrogen Project comprises a Green Hydrogen Electrolyser production and storage facility on land near Kimberly-Clark’s Coleshill paper mill, off Aber Road, Flint, CH6 5EP.


It will use electricity from renewable sources to split water using electrolysis and create green hydrogen to fuel a new hydrogen ready boiler, located inside the mill. This new boiler produces the steam and heat necessary for the paper manufacturing process at the mill and will replace the current boiler which is fuelled by only natural gas.


Iain Buchanan, Development Project Manager for Coleshill Green Hydrogen Project, explained: “Green hydrogen projects are a critical component of the broader strategy to deliver energy security and create green economic growth across Wales and the UK. Green hydrogen can help to address the urgent need to decarbonise industrial businesses and hard to electrify sectors, setting them up with a cost competitive, clean fuel for the future.”  


Oriol Margo, Sustainability Transformation Leader, Kimberly-Clark EMEA added: “This development at our Coleshill Site in Flint and our partnership with HYRO represents a huge step towards our ambition to move solely to renewable energy to manufacture Andrex, Kleenex, Huggies, WypAll and Scott in the UK by 2030.”


The submission follows pre-application consultation (PAC) undertaken by HYRO in April and May 2023 which enabled specific statutory consultees and members of the public alike, to view details of the proposals, ask questions and provide comments. Following the PAC, HYRO has examined the comments received and taken these into consideration before finalising the design in their planning application.


A copy of the planning application and accompanying documents, including a summary of our pre-application consultation, can be viewed or downloaded from the project website: https://www.coleshill-greenhydrogen.co.uk/.    



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About HYRO

HYRO is RES and Octopus Energy Generation’s green hydrogen joint venture. HYRO is developing green hydrogen solutions for energy-intensive industrial businesses with hard-to-electrify processes. HYRO is working with industrial businesses to develop, own and operate green hydrogen plants, to provide reliable and cost-competitive sources of clean hydrogen from renewable energy. For more information, check out HYRO’s website.


About RES

RES is the world’s largest independent renewable energy company active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, green hydrogen, energy storage and transmission and distribution. At the forefront of the industry for over 40 years, RES has delivered more than 23GW of renewable energy projects across the globe and supports an operational asset portfolio exceeding 12GW worldwide for a large client base. Understanding the unique needs of corporate clients, RES has secured over 1.5GW of corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) enabling access to energy at the lowest cost. RES employs over 2,500 people and is active in 14 countries. For further information about RES, visit www.res-group.com


About Octopus Energy Generation

Octopus Energy Generation is driving the renewable energy agenda and building green power for the future. This means reshaping the market by leading the transition to a cleaner, greener future through renewable projects connected more deeply to customers and businesses.


As one of Europe’s largest investors in renewable energy, its fund management specialist team launched in 2010 with a mission to accelerate the transition to a future powered by renewable energy. This team manages over 3 GW of renewable energy assets like wind and solar farms across 13 countries, worth nearly £6bn. These renewable projects generate enough green energy to power 2 million homes every year, and is the equivalent of taking over 1 million petrol cars off the road. For more information, check out our website.


About Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) and its trusted brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Fuelled by ingenuity, creativity, and an understanding of people’s most essential needs, we create products that help individuals experience more of what’s important to them.  Our portfolio of brands, including Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Cottonelle, Poise, Depend, Andrex, Pull-Ups, GoodNites, Intimus, Neve, Plenitud, Sweety, Softex, Viva and WypAll, hold No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in approximately 80 countries.  We use sustainable practices that support a healthy planet, build strong communities, and ensure our business thrives for decades to come. We are proud to be recognized as one of the world’s most ethnical companies by Ethisphere for the fifth year in a row. To keep up with the latest news and to learn more about the company’s 150-year history of innovation, visit kimberly-clark.com.

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