Energy is a key resource in the forest industry, especially in the production of forest based products. Metsä Group’s energy production is largely based on renewable fuels, ensuring low emissions of fossil carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Fossil free energy constitutes 87% of the energy used in Metsä Group’s production. The share of bio-based fuels is 90%. The used renewable bio-based fuels mainly consisted of wood-based production side streams as well as harvesting residues. Stem wood is not used for energy generation.
Nationally, we are a major producer of renewable energy: Metsä Group produces over 15% of the renewable energy in Finland. In 2021, we produced a total of 26 TWh of renewable energy of which a majority, 25 TWh, was used in our own production. 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. The excess energy is supplied to the companies at our integrate mill sites, to district heating networks of the local communities and to the national electricity grid.
Investments in renewable energy
We have made long-term investments in the production and utilisation of renewable energy and improved our performance significantly, but we still have work to do. To achieve our strategic objective of having fossil free mills by 2030, we will put our focus into three main development areas: