Friday, 03 January 2014 21:10

Favourable opinion from ELY Centre on the EIA of Joutseno biogas project

newsbildThe Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of South-East Finland has issued its opinion regarding the environmental impact assessment report on the biogas-producing wood-based biorefinery planned to be built in Joutseno. According to the opinion, the project developers, Gasum, Helsingin Energia and Metsä Fibre, have studied the key environmental impacts of the project, and the EIA report meets the requirements of the EIA Act and Decree.

The EIA report clarified the plant’s environmental impacts, e.g. in terms of emissions from the procurement of raw materials and from transport. When drawing up the report, local communities were also engaged in a good dialogue about the project. According to the ELY Centre's opinion, the impacts on people have been rigorously studied, e.g. through small group interviews.

The environmental impact assessment procedure and the specified technology studies supported the idea that the project is feasible in terms of its environmental impacts and technology.

Project implementation is economically challenging

The economic feasibility of the project has also been studied. In the current market situation, and as the steering impact of emissions trading is very small, wood-based biogas produced in Finland is unable to compete with other fuels. With sufficient national aid, project implementation would be possible. The project would be feasible if, for example, the same level of guaranteed price were to be set for electricity generated with wood-based biogas as for biogas produced by anaerobic digestion.

During 2014, the project developers will, e.g. monitor the progress of the GoBiGas project, which is in its pilot stage in Sweden, and the operating experiences gained from it. They will also seek means to improve the economic feasibility of the project.

Additional Info

Metsä Fibre is a world-leading producer of softwood pulp for high-quality paper, board and tissue producers in Europe and Far East.

Our product brand is Botnia, which covers high- quality pulps as well as technical support and logistics service concept. In addition to our own production, we market and sell pulps from three other leading manufacturers: Metsä Board and Cenibra, to a global market.

Customer promise
Our mission is to be the most competitive and efficient pulp producer for our customers in Europe and Far East. Our values – co-operation, reliability and renewal – form the basis for Metsä Fibre's responsible profitability and for the success of our customers. We improve the profitability while enhancing the environmental performance and listening to our stakeholders.

Our shared values steer decision making at all company levels and are present in our daily business operations in many ways, from decision making support to recruitment of new employees.

Customers are our partners. We take pride in understanding their processes, quality requirements and logistical needs. Our goal is to ensure customer success and competitiveness.

We improve our operations together as part of strong Metsä Group. To succeed, we actively increase cooperation beyond organisational borders and apply best practices throughout Metsä Group. We cooperate with our strategic partners to ensure the best performance of the mills.

Reliability is a vital part of our culture and our way. We recognise that the success of our customers depends on a steady supply of consistently top-quality pulp, advanced technical services and dependable support services. Pulp supply of constant quality exactly at the agreed time is a point of honour with us. At every level we deliver what we promise.

At every level we deliver what we promise.

Metsä Fibre has a company-wide commitment to continuous improvement. This applies to products, production processes and our overall way of working. We use the best and latest available technology. We are continually finding new, sustainable ways to produce pulp.

Sustainable development, a customer-focused approach and the continuous improvement and development of our operations drive us Metsä Fibre employees to ever higher performance.
In addition, we have a continuous trainee programme, a way of securing the best talent and new ideas for our organisation.

Further information:
Antero Jännes, CEO, Gasum Oy, tel. +358 20 44 78600
Ilkka Hämälä, CEO, Metsä Fibre Oy, tel.
+10 4612
Pekka Manninen, CEO, Helsingin Energia, tel.
+358 50 556 7366

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