The environment and climate

We produce a fourth of Finland’s bioelectricity

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The environment and climate

We ensure good environmental performance with systematic investments that follow the life-cycle model and by making sure our mills operate in environmental permit conditions. We use the best available technology. In technical solutions and equipment choices we account for the minimisation of our environmental impact as well as for material and energy efficiency.

Our day-to-day work aims to minimise the environmental impact of our operations with increasingly better and proactive environmental work. We ensure our mill’s high usability and the reliability of measurements, and address exceptional situations before they cause exceptional burdens. We have charted the environmental risks arising from the operations of our pulp mills and sawmills and drawn up a precautionary plan to manage them.

Any deviations in our environmental performance are investigated and corrective measures are defined for future reference. Our good environmental performance also provides our customers with added value and a competitive edge.

The bioproduct mill concept we have developed has reduced the environmental impact of a pulp mill to a significant degree. Energy efficiency, low water consumption, and the minimisation of emissions were key criteria for the Äänekoski bioproduct mill’s equipment choices. Although the new bioproduct mill’s capacity is nearly triple compared to the previous mill at Äänekoski, its sulphur and particle emissions are on a clearly lower level. Thanks to fuel solutions, the pulp production does not generate any fossil-based carbon dioxide emissions at all, and the emissions on the waterways represents the level of the best available technology. This is one example of our ambition to renew and to take sustainability themes into account in the development of our operations

Renewable energy from production side streams

A significant share of all renewable energy produced in Finland is generated in pulp production when black liquor, consisting of wood and cooking chemicals, is combusted in the recovery boiler. At the same time, the cooking chemicals used in the pulp process are converted into a reusable form.

The self-sufficiency rate of Metsä Fibre’s mills in terms of electrical energy totals 174 per cent. New energy-efficient solutions have increased Metsä Fibre’s production of bioelectricity significantly, and we produce roughly 25 per cent of all bioelectricity produced in Finland. In addition to our own production, we supply bioenergy in the form of district heat to local communities and electricity to the grid.

As well as increasing the share of bioenergy, we are focusing on energy efficiency. Improving the energy efficiency of our production units is a key part of our investments in production.

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