SULPHUR pollution from the Mondi paper factory in Durban has been reduced steadily over the past decade, but the company still appears to be one of the single biggest sources of climate-warming gases in the city.
Presenting a report to the eThekwini health department on Wednesday, the paper mill’s chief operations officer, Clinton van Vught, said almost 11 tons of sulphur dioxide air pollution was emitted daily in 1999.
This had been reduced to about 3 tons a day in 2005, and to about one ton last year.
He attributed the reductions to a series of cleaner production methods, including a R50 million equipment investment in 2005.
In 2008, a R200m multi-fuel boiler was commissioned to generate electricity by burning sludge, bark and other waste.