Energy-efficient production

The total electricity self-sufficiency rate of Metsä Fibre’s mills is 159 per cent, and we are a significant producer of bioelectricity. In addition to our own production, the bioenergy we generate is delivered as electricity to the grid and as district heat to nearby communities.
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Alongside efficient bioenergy production, Metsä Fibre focuses on energy efficiency and energy saving. The more energy we save, and the more efficiently we generate it by using secondary heat or production side streams, for example, the more renewable energy we can supply outside the mill. Improving the energy efficiency of our production units plays a key role in our investments in production. One important factor contributing to energy efficiency is the steady uninterrupted operation of mills.

We are continuously searching for small and large actions to advance energy efficiency. In addition, Metsä Group has been participating in a voluntary Energy Efficiency Agreement in Finland since 2017. Among the companies included in the Finnish Energy Efficiency Agreement, Metsä Group is positioned as a distinguished party through its energy saving measures. In the period between 2017 and 2022, the energy savings were 1.971 TWh in total, which corresponds to 30% of the savings in energy-intensive industry during the period.

In addition, we have set our own target for energy use. By the end of 2030, we aim to decrease the use of energy by 10 points compared to 2018, despite the growing production. The target was set in 2023, and we will prepare mill-specific action plans regarding it.

Energy efficiency is important because it reduces carbon dioxide emissions, increases the energy self-sufficiency of pulp and bioproduct mills, and decreases the amount of energy purchased externally at sawmills. 

Metsä Fibre’s measures towards 2030

  • We will enhance the use of electricity, heat and fuel to improve energy efficiency.
  • Mill-specific action plans will be prepared to improve energy efficiency.
  • We will increase the production of bioenergy.

Indicators by the end of 2030

−35% water consumption per tonne of production*

−10-point improvement in energy efficiency**

0 tonnes of waste sent to landfills


* (m3/tonne), compared to 2018

** energy efficiency index, compared to 2018


International Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to the targets: