A new gasification plant at Metsa Fibre’s pulp mill in Finland, which uses biofuel from tree bark to replace natural gas, has made it the first carbon dioxide neutral facility in Finland during normal operations.
It is also the world’s largest single-line softwood pulp mill.
The newly inaugurated plant is expected to save the company several millions of euros annually.
The innovative solution uses surplus heat from the mill for drying tree bark. Similar development work is under way at Metsä Fibre’s three other mills.
Finnish Energy Industries, an industrial policy and labour market policy association representing the electricity and district heating industry in Finland, is aiming for carbon neutral electricity and district heating by the year 2050.