Vaasa Administrative Court confirmed the environmental permit for Metsä Group's Kemi bioproduct mill

Metsä Fibre press release 4.11.2022
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By its decision of 4 November 2022, the Vaasa Administrative Court upheld the environmental permit package granted to Metsä Group's Kemi bioproduct mill. On 18 December 2020, the Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland granted environmental and water supply permits for the Kemi bioproduct mill. Three appeals were filed against the permit during the period of the permit's availability, to which Metsä Fibre submitted a response to the Vaasa Administrative Court on 2 September 2021. The decision of the Vaasa Administrative Court was issued on 4 November 2022. The decision of the Administrative Court can be appealed by applying to the Supreme Administrative Court for leave to appeal.

"The planning of the Kemi bioproduct mill is based on high environmental, material and energy efficiency. The new bioproduct mill will operate below the emission limits of the existing environmental permit for the existing pulp mill in Kemi. The bioproduct mill is being built according to BAT (Best Available Techniques) and partly even more advanced technologies, such as the wastewater treatment plant and the sulphuric acid plant," says Metsä Fibre's CEO Ismo Nousiainen.

The investment in the Kemi bioproduct mill amounts to EUR 1.85 billion and the new mill will start production in the third quarter of 2023. The mill will produce around 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp and a number of other bioproducts annually. It will use no fossil fuels and will have a high electricity self-sufficiency of 250%. The new bioproduct mill will further strengthen Metsä Group's position as an electricity producer based on domestic renewable fuels.

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Metsä Group

Metsä Group is leading the way in advancing the bioeconomy. We invest in growth, bioproduct development and a fossil free future. The raw material for our products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. We focus on the growth sectors of the forest industry: wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards, as well as tissue and greaseproof papers.  

Metsä Group’s annual sales amount to approximately EUR 6 billion, and we have around 9,500 employees in 30 countries. Our international Group has its roots in the Finnish forests: our parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative which is owned by nearly 100,000 forest owners.  

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Metsä Fibre


Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, biochemicals and bioenergy. We are the world’s largest producer of softwood market pulp and a globally significant manufacturer of sawn timber. There is a growing demand for our high-quality products, as renewable wood provides a responsible alternative to fossil-based materials. 

In 2021 our sales totalled approximately EUR 2.6 billion, and we have around 1,400 employees. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.