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Olga Väisänen

Vice President Communications
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olga.vaisanen@gasum.com
Twitter: @OlgaVaisanen

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Anna Sofia Ailio

Communications Manager
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Gasum in brief

The energy company Gasum is a Finnish gas sector (natural gas and biogas) expert that is building a bridge to a carbon-neutral society on land and at sea. Gasum contributes to the creation of a sustainable energy economy by increasing the supply of Finnish biogas, developing the Nordic gas ecosystem and ensuring the price competitiveness of gas. Gasum imports natural gas to Finland, products and upgrades biogas in Finland and Sweden and transmits and delivers these for energy production, industry, homes, and land and maritime transport. Gasum is Nordic’s leading supplier of biogas. The company processes waste and produces biogas at 12 biogas plants located in Finland and Sweden. It injects biogas into the gas network from Espoo, Kouvola, Lahti and Riihimäki. The Gasum subsidiary Skangas is the leading Nordic expert in liquefied natural gas (LNG) that will continue to strengthen the position and infrastructure of LNG and the utilization of new gas solutions in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Skangas has LNG production plants in Risavika, Norway, and Porvoo, Finland, and LNG terminals in Øra, Norway, Lysekil, Sweden, and Pori, Finland. The Gasum Group has around 400 employees in Finland, Norway and Sweden. The company’s revenue in 2016 totaled €843 million. 

21.11.2017

Renewing energy company Gasum develops Nordic gas market

Renewal is a key element of Gasum’s strategy. In the past few years, the company has grown from a Finnish natural gas company to a Nordic energy company building the LNG and biogas markets in the Nordic countries while at the same time looking after the competitiveness of natural gas in Finland. Good leadership and management, employee wellbeing and safety and security are important to Gasum. Gasum wants to develop these continuously together with the personnel. These themes have been adopted as focal areas in the company’s human resource management.

On November 9, 2017 a letter was sent by shop stewards of Gasum personnel groups to the shareholders and the Board of Directors of Gasum Ltd. The shop stewards acted independently in this and did not contact their respective personnel groups about the letter or its contents. In response to the views presented in the letter, Gasum has provided the shareholders with a report on the measures taken so far to develop good leadership and management and employee wellbeing.

An extensive workplace community survey will take place in the Gasum Group. The survey will be conducted by the consultancy company MPS during the final weeks of the year. Gasum management takes the concerns raised in the letter about the company’s workplace and cooperation atmosphere seriously and finds it very important to look into the matter as regards the entire Gasum Group.

For more information please contact:
Olga Väisänen, Vice President, Communications, Gasum Ltd
Phone: +358 40 554 0578, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com

Gasum imports natural gas to Finland, produces and upgrades biogas in Finland and Sweden, and transmits and delivers these for energy production, industry, homes, and road and maritime transport. Gasum is the leading supplier of biogas in the Nordic countries. The Gasum subsidiary Skangas is a leading Nordic expert in liquefied natural gas (LNG), and Skangas will continue to strengthen the position and infrastructure of LNG and the utilization of new gas solutions in Finland, Sweden and Norway. The Gasum Group has around 400 employees in Finland, Norway and Sweden. The Gasum Group’s revenue totaled €843 million in 2016.

 

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21.11.2017

Gasum will continue to use sewage sludge in biogas and recycled nutrients production

Gasum will continue to use sewage sludge from municipal wastewater treatment plants in biogas and recycled nutrients production in the future, too. The company currently processes around a quarter of the volume of sewage sludge from Finnish municipal systems. The company is investing in biomass processing solutions and subsequent treatment of digestate for the further refining of nutrients. The aim is to refine nutrient residues from biogas production for purposes such as industrial process needs, creating products such as nitrogen nutrient solutions, and to serve the needs of soil conditioning and agriculture even better. Biogas production is a quick and efficient way of implementing the circular economy where the value of side streams and biowaste can be maximized as energy and organic nutrients. Biogas is used for heat and electricity production in industry, homes and transport.

The feedstocks base used by Gasum in biogas production is already extensive at the moment. Gasum processes a significant proportion currently estimated to be a little under a quarter of the total volume of sewage sludge from Finnish municipal systems. Sewage sludge is and will remain an important feedstock in biogas production. Gasum’s network of several plants enables the centralization of the various types of biomass fractions to specific biogas plants. Demand for organic nutrients is evolving rapidly in a variety of industrial sectors. In cooperation with various actors, Gasum is expanding the opportunities for the utilization of digestate in its production network.

Gasum will continue to use sewage sludge in biogas and recycled nutrients production in the future, too. Sewage sludge undergoes sanitization in the industrial biogas process, destroying any pathogens. Biogas plants using sewage sludge have introduced new processing techniques to be able to refine digestates obtained from sludge into more advanced recycled nutrient products. Wastewater treatment plant processes will also have a key impact on sewage sludge quality in the future.

”The rapid changes in the market situation of recycled nutrients and application difficulties caused by rainy conditions make the situation challenging, and major efforts are being made to develop solutions. For example, in Sweden there is the Revaq certification system for sewage sludge to ensure the quality of recycled fertilizers, which has improved the acceptability and quality of fertilizer use of nutrients produced from sludge. Work to develop a similar quality system has now been launched between actors in the sector in Finland to ensure the quality of recycled fertilizer and nutrient products from biogas production. We’re going to invest in sludge processing solutions and increased efficiency of nutrient residue processing in Finland,” says Ari Suomilammi, Director, Biogas Production and Sourcing, from Gasum.

Biodegradable waste fractions, side streams from food and other industry and various sludges are currently the most important feedstocks in Finnish biogas production. In the future, for example, biomass side streams from agriculture and industry will play key roles in the expansion of biogas production. The circular economy targets set by the EU provide increasing steering towards ways of processing sludges and biowaste where the benefits obtained from side streams are fully utilized. The value of the energy contained in biowaste and sewage sludge is maximized in the transport use of biogas.

Fact box:

  • Gasum is the leading processer of biodegradable waste and supplier of biogas in the Nordic countries. Gasum processes an annual total of 800,000 tonnes biomass and produces an annual total of around 650 GWh of biogas at its twelve biogas plants.

  • Gasum produces fertilizer products nationwide at its seven industrial-scale biogas plants in Finland at an annual total of around 500,000 tonnes and at five biogas plants in Sweden at an annual total exceeding 400,000 tonnes.

  • Biogas production creates fertilizer products for agriculture and gardening soil production as well as nutrient concentrates (such as nitrogen and phosphorus concentrates containing organic carbon) used in agriculture and industry.

  • Other organic nutrient products such as nitrogen nutrients containing ammoniacal nitrogen and water are used in industrial applications such as flue gas cleaning at power plants. Demand for organic nutrients is evolving rapidly at a variety of industrial sectors.

  • According to the EU's circular economy targets, 65% of municipal waste must be recycled by 2030. The current level in Finland averages 30–35%.

  • Gasum’s Finnish biogas plants are located in Huittinen, Honkajoki, Kuopio, Oulu, Riihimäki, Turku and Vehmaa. Gasum also produces biogas with its partners in Espoo, Kouvola and Lahti. In Sweden Gasum has biogas plants in Jordberga, Katrineholm, Lidköping and Örebro as well as a majority shareholding in a production plant located in Västerås. In addition, Gasum has a 50% shareholding in Vadsbo Biogas in Sweden.

  • Read more about organic fertilizer products


For more information please contact:
Ari Suomilammi, Director, Biogas Production and Sourcing, Gasum
Phone: +358 400 653 351, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com

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20.11.2017

K Group, Gasum and Turenki Ice Cream Factory partnering to promote circular economy and reduce waste

Inedible organic waste from 200 K-food stores and the Kesko logistics central warehouse is currently recycled to produce biogas. Now biogas will be used to power the making of Pirkka ice cream at Turenki Ice Cream Factory.

Food store customers are putting increasing value on sustainability: according to the Suomi Syö survey by Taloustutkimus, 46% of people under 25 consider the reduction of food waste an important factor in food chain sustainability, and 44% an important factor in food chain eco-friendliness. Similar results were obtained in K Group’s Ruokailmiöt 2017 survey on food trends: 30% of Finns want to choose the more environmentally-friendly product in a store, and as many as 47% of Finns strive to reduce food waste.

From waste to energy

K-food stores are striving to reduce waste and they are constantly working towards developing solutions to prevent waste. One innovative solution is to recycle inedible biodegradable waste to produce biogas. Biowaste is currently collected from some 200 K-food stores and the Kesko logistics central warehouse, and taken to biogas plants. The biogas produced is transmitted to Gasum’s gas network. The solution reduces K Group’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by 540 tonnes per year, which equals to the emissions of driving a car for 4.5 million kilometres. The biogas produced is then used to power the manufacture of new Pirkka products.

Gasum and K Group are now joined in the collaboration by Turenki Ice Cream Factory, as renewable energy in the form of Finnish biogas will be used in the making of Pirkka ice creams.

”Unsold products are mostly donated to food aid organisations. Our collaboration with Gasum, however, gives us a smart way to also utilise inedible biowaste, and save money and the environment in the process,” says Timo Jäske, Sustainability Manager for K Group’s grocery trade division.

”This is an excellent continuation to our extensive co-operation with K Group, as we are giving Finnish consumers another sweet way to enjoy sustainability, Finnish work, and the end products of circular economy,” says Ville Pesonen, Head of Sales at Gasum.

Pirkka ice creams easy choice from environmental perspective – manufactured in Turenki, Finland

Finns eat ice cream more than any other nation in Europe, some 13 litres per person quite steadily throughout the year. In 2016, nearly 2.9 million one-litre packages of vanilla ice cream alone were purchased from K-food stores. Consumers can have an impact on the environment through the products they choose to buy. Pirkka ice creams are an easy choice for the environment. The stores are able to minimise waste, while the emissions in ice cream production are reduced as biogas does not produce carbon dioxide emissions.

At this first stage, Turenki Ice Cream Factory will produce four Pirkka ice creams sold in one-litre packages: regular and lactose-free vanilla, mango and melon, and lactose-free raspberry liquorice. 

”At Turenki Ice Cream Factory, we use Finnish milk and cream, obtained, for example, from the Herajoki dairy. We are thrilled we have been able to start using biogas this autumn. Finnish consumers value highly both Finnish ingredients and Finnish energy sources,” says Pekka Helin, Commercial Director for Froneri Finland.

The new additions to Pirkka ice creams represent flavours that have not been available in one-litre packages before. Mango and melon is one of the most popular ice cream flavours at Finnish ice cream kiosks, and now people can enjoy it at home, too. The demand for lactose-free ice cream is growing, and the latest addition to Pirkka’s lactose-free options combines the familiar raspberry with trendy liquorice. 

Gasum and K Group collaboration in a nutshell

  • Initiated in 2015: Biogas produced from inedible organic waste collected from K-food stores is utilised as energy by Myllyn Paras and Wursti in the manufacture of new Pirkka products.

  • 2016–2017: Inedible food waste from K-food stores is taken to Gasum plants to produce biogas. Waste is currently collected from more than 200 K-food stores.

  • 2017: Biogas is used to power the making of Pirkka ice cream at Turenki Ice Cream Factory.

  • K Group’s car trade has brought new gas cars to the market. The most recent model is the Audi A4 g-tron.  

  • Audi and Gasum’s campaign provides free biogas fuel-ups for 12 months. Audi offers free biogas fuel-ups for 12 months for the buyers of the new Audi A3 g-tron and Audi A4 g-tron.

For more information please contact:

Timo Jäske, Sustainability Manager, K Group’s grocery trade, phone: +358 10 5328 222, timo.jaske@kesko.fi

Pekka Helin, Commercial Director, Froneri Finland Oy, phone: +358 40 0526 522, pekka.helin@fi.froneri.com

Ville Pesonen, Head of Sales, Gasum Oy, phone: +358 40 5587 890, ville.pesonen@gasum.com

K-food retailers are responsible for customer satisfaction at some 1,400 K-food stores, and Kesko's grocery trade works with these retailers under the chain business model. The K-food store chains are K-Citymarket, K-Supermarket, K-Market and Neste K. K-food stores are the world's most sustainable trading sector companies. Their strengths also include superior fresh food departments, professional service, diverse and high-quality selections, Finnish products, and the private label Pirkka. K-food stores provide both high quality and affordable prices. K - For shopping to be fun.

Froneri Finland Oy is part of the international Froneri joint venture owned by the food company Nestlé and the British ice cream manufacturer R&R. Froneri has operations in 22 countries and employs some 200 people in Finland. Froneri Finland manufactures ice cream locally at the facility in Turenki using Finnish milk and cream.

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