Food and feeds with renewable energy
In the summer 2017, Raisio Group took a big leap towards carbon neutrality when its new bioenergy was introduced in Raisio’s industrial area. With the new plant, heat energy used in the production of plant stanol ester - Benecol product ingredient, Sunnuntai flours, Torino pastas and Baltic Blend fish feeds is generated sustainably with wood chips.
The value of the investment was approximately eight million euros. The construction of the bioenergy plant is part of the Group’s goal to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy whenever it is ecologically and economically viable.
The 9.5 MW bioenergy plant uses an average of three truckloads of wood chips per day. The plant produces steam and district heating for Raisio’s industrial area.
A significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions
Shift to bioenergy has a significant impact on Raisio’s carbon dioxide emissions. Industrial steam produced using fossil fuels is replaced with energy generated by the bioenergy plant. The investment saves approximately 7,500 tons of carbon dioxide annually equalling, for example, the average carbon footprint of some 700 Finns a year.
On the Group level, the completion of the bioenergy plant reduced the carbon dioxide emissions by about 45 per cent in 2017. The more accurate overall impact on annual carbon dioxide emissions will be seen later when the plant has been in use for the whole calendar year.