New biomass power plant increases the share of green energy
Energy consumption is one of the most significant environmental impacts of tyre production. In 2016, as one main owner and investor, we helped commission a new biomass power plant in Nokia. With the plant, we took a leap forward in the use of renewable energy sources. We joined the joint venture for building the Nokianvirran Energia biomass power plant in order to ensure the supply of eco-friendly and cost-efficient energy for our factory in Nokia. Nokianvirran Energia is owned by Sähkö Oy (40.3%), Nokian Tyres plc (32.3%) and Oy SCA Hygiene Products Ab (27.4%).
A biomass power plant started its full production in April 2016. The new power plant primarily uses local wood-based fuels, such as wood chips and peat. The plant is also suited for burning fibre clay and sludge from the Nokia paper mill. The new plant reduces the use of fossil fuels, i.e. natural gas, in favour of local energy sources in the region.
With our investment in the biomass plant, the proportion of renewable energy sources will grow up to to approximately 50%.