The forest industry needs many forms of energy. The industry’s electricity procurement emphasises low-emission forms of energy such as bioenergy as well as hydropower and nuclear power.
The forest industry has a long history of being by far the biggest producer of bioenergy in Finland. In recent years, the forest industry has continued to make major investments into pulp mills, bio-refineries and bio-power plants. The forest industry sees that it is possible to increase renewable energy in Finland while securing the availability of wood raw material for further processing needs.
The forest industry has invested in its own efficient energy production. Forest industry facilities have invested in modern CHP production (combined heat and power production). This has increased bioelectricity production, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on imported electricity as well as improved energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency is continuously improved. As it results in reduced costs and competitive advantage, the industry aims to use energy as efficiently as possible. The forest industry is broadly involved in energy efficiency agreements.
Increased use of wood and paper products should be promoted for climate reasons also. Wood and paper products manufactured from a renewable natural resource can replace the use of non-renewable and fossil resources.
Furthermore, wood and paper products can, at the end of their lifecycle – after they have been recycled and reused – be used to produce bioenergy.