For decades, the forest industry has been far and away Finland’s biggest producer of bioenergy. This has helped to keep the country a top user in this energy category. During the last few years, the forest industry has been investing heavily in power plants using bioenergy. Forest industry supports the use of renewable energy resources provided that, at the same time, an adequate supply of wood raw material can be secured for processing purposes.
The forest industry has long history of relying on a wide variety of energy sources. Most of its electricity is generated using low-emission forms of energy, such as bioenergy, hydropower and nuclear power. The high price for emission allowance has made peat less attractive and is threatening to cut the use of this important domestic biofuel.
The forest industry has invested heavily in efficient energy production. The mills have up-to-date CHP (combined heat and power production) facilities enabling them to increase the production of bioelectricity, cut greenhouse-gas emissions, make themselves less dependent on imported electricity and boost energy-efficiency.
Improving energy-efficiency is part of continuous improvement of operations. Striving for higher energy efficiency is a normal part of forest industry operations and a paramount concern at all mills. After all, it helps to cut costs and increase competitiveness.
Wood and paper products manufactured using renewable natural resources bind carbon dioxide. Increased use of wood and paper products helps to bind carbon dioxide and reduce the consumption of non-renewable raw materials. Moreover, at the end of their life cycle and after recycling, wood and paper products can still be used as bioenergy. Climate considerations should thus be an additional reason for encouraging consumers to use wood and paper products.