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Roller skis and rubber-technical solutions company Marwe switches to Gasum biogas and bioelectricity – rubber factory production becomes carbon neutral

The rubber-technical solutions provider and roller skis manufacturer Marwe is switching to 100% Finnish and renewable Gasum biogas. This will result in carbon dioxide emissions from the Marwe rubber factory being cut by up to 575 tonnes a year. At the same time Marwe will also start using bioelectricity, making its production practically carbon neutral. ”We want to preserve snowy winters for our customers,” says Marwe Managing Director Mikko Valle.

The switch to renewable biogas supports Marwe’s long-standing objective of increasing the share of carbon-neutral energy in its business. In addition to Gasum biogas made from biodegradable waste, Marwe has decided to also use bioelectricity produced from waste in the future.

”We want to offer our customers premium quality rubber products made with local bioenergy. It is Marwe’s aim for skiers training on Marwe roller skis in the summer season to be able to enjoy snowy winters in the future too. We believe that our use of energy sources based on the circular economy will receive a wholehearted approval from our customers,” says Marwe Managing Director Mikko Valle.

Established in 1926, the family company based in Hyvinkää, Finland, supplies rubber-technical solutions for enterprises and roller skis for the consumer market. Marwe roller skis have won international tests year after year and are widely used among top biathletes and cross-country skiers in the world. Marwe roller skis are world famous for their perfect ski feel and their flexible composite frames for significant reductions in vibrations, noise and pressure on the musculoskeletal system.

No additional investments needed for the switch to biogas

Gasum biogas is sold and delivered to Marwe by the heating company Hyvinkään Lämpövoima, with Marwe its second customer switching from natural gas to biogas. The switch from natural gas to biogas does not require any additional investments in equipment.

”We’ve supplied natural gas to industry in Hyvinkää for many years. Biogas increases the choice available to our natural gas customers, and interest in renewable energy is increasing in the energy market all the time,” says Hyvinkään Lämpövoima Managing Director Matti Laukkanen.

Cooperation with Marwe is important for Gasum: both companies want to do their bit to achieve a carbon-neutral society.

”It’s great to have Marwe join the users of biogas. Biogas has proven to be an interesting energy solution for the food industry, and it's exciting to see that operators from other sectors as well are taking up the opportunities provided by local and renewable energy. Biogas is based on the circular economy and resource wisdom and a cost-effective way for enterprises to reduce their carbon footprint,” says Jani Arala, Gasum’s Business Development Manager for Biogas.

Biogas is a Finnish biofuel always made from fully renewable raw materials that is injected into the gas network from Espoo, Kouvola and Lahti. Gasum sells biogas to the manufacturing industry, service providers, heat and power production, homes and restaurants using gas cookers, and for use as a road vehicle fuel. All industrial natural gas customers in Finland can now switch to Finnish biogas.

For further information please contact:

Mikko Valle, Managing Director, Marwe Oy
Phone: +358 44 350 6601, firstname.surname(a)

Matti Laukkanen, Managing Director, Hyvinkään Lämpövoima Oy
Phone: +358 19 4580 211, firstname.surname(a)

Jani Arala, Business Development Manager, Biogas and Transport Solutions, Gasum Corporation
Phone: +358 44 0548 583, firstname.surname(a)