Raisio Group’s industrial area in Raisio is now carbon neutral
Raisio Group built a bioenergy plant in its industrial area in Raisio and the plant was inaugurated on Wednesday 21 June 2017. With the new plant, industrial steam and district heat used in the industrial area will be generated with wood chips. The value of the investment is approximately EUR 8.5 million. Thanks to the bioenergy plant, Raisio’s industrial area is now carbon neutral.
Time of fossil fuels is over when the new bioenergy plant is put into operation in the Raisio’s industrial area. Companies in the area will start using steam generated with renewable energy. The new plant uses locally purchased wood chips to produce all industrial steam and district heat needed in the area.
“Raisio aims to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy whenever it is ecologically and economically viable. To have our own bioenergy plant is a major step towards more sustainable food production. With the new plant, Raisio’s industrial area is carbon neutral,” says Raisio’s interim CEO Jarmo Puputti.
The bioenergy plant was a major investment, some EUR 8.5 million, for Raisio. Implementation of the investment proceeded as planned, both in terms of costs and timetable. Construction work began in the spring 2016. The annual output of the new plant is about 50 gigawatt-hours, enough for the Raisio Group as well as other companies in the industrial area.
The new plant uses two to three truckloads of wood chips daily and the material is acquired within a 100 kilometre radius of Raisio. The employment effect of transport and collection of wood chips at the beginning of the supply chain is considerably higher than that of the plant itself, as it has a very high level of automation.
Significantly reduced carbon footprint
With the investment, the carbon footprint of products made using heat energy generated in the Raisio's industrial area will be significantly reduced. Raisio makes foods, food ingredients and fish feeds in its industrial area. With the new bioenergy plant, heat energy used in the production of plant stanol ester, the Benecol product ingredient, Sunnuntai flours, Torino pastas and Baltic Blend fish feeds is generated sustainably with wood chips.
“Responsibly made products increasingly interest consumers and our customers. We promote the sustainable food chain, for example by making responsible choices in our raw material procurement and by improving energy and material efficiency. With our own bioenergy plant, we can reduce the carbon footprint of products made in Raisio,” says Puputti.