Fossil free energy constitutes 86% of the energy used in Metsä Group’s production. Nationally, we are a major producer of renewable energy: Metsä Group produces over 15% of the renewable energy in Finland. In 2020, we produced a total of 27 TWh of renewable energy of which a majority, 24 TWh, was used in our own production.
Our investments in biobased renewable energy and improved energy efficiency have enabled us to reduce our fossil carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions by 48% per product tonne since 2009. We produce renewable energy from logging residue, such as branches and treetops, sawdust and bark from sawmills, as well as production side streams.
The energy self-sufficiency rate of our pulp mills is 140%, and they are among the largest producers of renewable energy 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.
Investments in renewable energy
In recent years, Metsä Group has made significant investments in bioenergy, which have further increased the share of bioenergy in our operations.
Read more about our recent on upcoming investments.
A major supplier of energy to replace fossil fuels
In addition to its own energy production, Metsä Group is one of the largest suppliers of wood-based biomass in Finland. We enable customers to replace fossil fuels, with customers all around the country. Metsä Group supplies the equivalent of 3 TWh of biomass for bioenergy production that can replace up to 0.7 million tonnes of fossil carbon dioxide emissions per year. Our direct fossil CO2 emissions were 676,000 tonnes in 2020.
Focus on energy efficiency
As well as increasing the share of renewable energy, we are focusing on energy efficiency. Metsä Group has improved its energy efficiency by 7%. Improving energy efficiency is an important element in all of our major production investments.