We introduced an ambitious climate target
We are committed to combat climate change. An efficient way of reducing emissions is to increase the use of renewable biogas in road and maritime transport and in industry.
Our goal is to bring 7 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable gas to the market by 2027. We will achieve the goal though both increasing investment in our own biogas production but also sourcing renewable gas from trusted partners. When we reach this goal, we will have achieved a cumulative carbon dioxide saving of 1.8 million tons for our customers.
In addition, we continue to implement energy efficiency measures and reduce emissions in our own operations.
Creating carbon handprint
The use of 100% renewable biogas can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the entire life cycle by up to 90% compared with fossil fuel use. There is potential to reduce emissions even further when manure is used as a feedstock in biogas production, because methane emissions from conventional manure management are avoided.
The raw materials used in biogas production are waste and residue-based feedstocks such as biowaste, wastewater sludge and organic side streams from industry and agriculture. Biogas is produced in biogas plants in Finland and in Sweden. Read more about biogas production.
In addition to biogas, our plants produce various recycled nutrient products. Recycled nutrient products, such as recycled ammonia solution, can help replace virgin nutrient products. Recycled ammonia solution has 90% lower carbon footprint compared to the industrially produced urea.
Sustainability criteria fulfilled
Gasum’s biogas fulfils the sustainability criteria laid down by the EU Renewable Energy Directive (REDII). In addition, the biogas produced in our Finnish plants and used in the transport segment is labeled with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
Measuring the life cycle impact
We measure the climate impact of our products with a lifecycle approach. The calculation of the carbon dioxide emission reduction takes into account the entire gas value chain from raw material sourcing to gas production, distribution and use.
The greenhouse gas emissions of extraction of the raw material for biogas is considered to be zero when waste and residues are used in biogas production. In addition, just like with other renewable fuels, the calculated level of use phase emissions from renewable biogas is regarded to be zero. Biogas combustion generates carbon dioxide, but there is no net increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide because the amount of carbon dioxide fixed in the biodegradable feedstock equals the amount released through biogas combustion.
Use of gas as a fuel can help to reduce local air emissions in urban areas. Cleaner burning than other fossil fuels, the combustion of natural gas, and biogas, produce negligible amounts of sulphur and small particulates, and up to 85% lower levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx), which are precursors to smog.
Gasum is a major actor in the wind power segment and strives to increase procurement of renewable wind power in the Nordic countries. The wind power-based Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) are a favored tool for bringing new renewable energy onto the grid, and they can help companies hedge against power price swings. Partnerships promote our strategy to deliver cleaner energy to our customers in industry.
In addition, we supply Guarantees of origin for renewable electricity generated by hydro, wind or solar power or bioenergy to our customers. Read more about Green services in gas and energy markets.