Sustainability in the project
For Metsä Fibre, sustainability is part of everyday functions. It is important for us to use energy efficiently and control our environmental impacts. We are all responsible for the impacts of our activities on the environment.
An objective of the prefeasibility study is to analyse whether the supply of wood raw material is sufficient for a completely new mill. Renewable northern wood is the main raw material of the products manufactured by Metsä Group. Our products can be used instead of fossil-based raw materials. Wood procurement for the new or modernised mill will also be carried out sustainably. We procure only traceable wood, and the certification rate is high. We ensure the sustainable management and growth of northern forests and foster nature values. We use raw material, water and energy resource-wisely and produce renewable energy from side streams.
The wood we use comes from areas in which forest growth exceeds the volume of use. We always know the origin of the wood we procure. Forest certification verified by an external party is a proof of lawful and sustainable use of forests for us and our customers.
It is important for us to promote sustainability throughout the value chain. We engage in close co-operation with suppliers of goods and services as well as our clients. Our network of over 1,000 suppliers enables efficient and reliable logistics.
In addition to the availability of wood, the final decision is affected by successful establishment of efficient raw material and product logistics. If a decision is made to build a new mill in Kemi, Metsä Fibre will have the opportunity to build a business ecosystem in Kemi similar to the Äänekoski bioproduct mill..
The first new generation bioproduct mill in the world is located in Äänekoski. The mill is called a bioproduct mill because, in addition to pulp, it produces a broad range of bioproducts, generates bioenergy in excess of its need and does not use any fossil fuels.
The bioproduct mill is an important generator of bioelectricity. High energy production efficiency and an energy-efficient process considerably increase the amount of bioelectricity available for sale. Our Äänekoski bioproduct mill alone answers for 2.5 per cent of Finland’s electricity production.
The wood raw material and production side streams are utilised one hundred per cent. Other bioproducts made from the side streams of pulp production include tall oil, turpentine, bioenergy, producer gas, sulphuric acid and biogas. Potential new products at the bioproduct mill include biocomposites, pulp-based textile fibres and lignin products..
The Äänekoski bioproduct mill is a textbook example of a bioeconomy business ecosystem. New bioproducts involve significant potential in the future. We are investigating a number of new products and development paths that will be realised in phases. Our networks and partners play an important role. At Metsä Fibre, we focus on our core business and investigate new product options in co-operation with our partners.
Our bioproduct concept has progressed to the manufacture of new products according to plan. Bioproducts produced by the new Äänekoski mill so far include producer gas made from bark, sulphuric acid manufactured from odorous gases for in-house use and biogas manufactured from the sludge generated by pulp production. At Metsä Fibre’s Rauma mill, the side streams of pulp production are used for biocomposite manufacture.
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