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30.05.2016  

Gasum joining Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development – Aiming to expand biogas market and invest in road fuel gas market development

Jaa:

Gasum is joining Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development by giving an operational commitment. Gasum’s commitment has two objectives.

The aim is to expand the biogas market to the terawatt-hours range and invest in the development of the road fuel gas market by increasing the supply of road fuel gas significantly in the key demand areas in Finland.  Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development – the Finland we want by 2015 – is Finland’s policy on sustainable development and an operational tool facilitating the participation of all parties.

Finland’s national strategy on sustainable development was renewed in 2013. Instead of producing a traditional strategy document, the National Commission on Sustainable Development decided to introduce Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development. The various actors in society can give their commitments to actions that contribute to the achievement of the common objectives of Society’s Commitment. Chaired by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development is tasked with the promotion of the implementation of Society’s Commitment as well as related monitoring, assessments and communications concerning the results.

 In its operational commitment, Gasum commits to pursuing two objectives:

1. Expanding the biogas market to the terawatt-hours range at the annual level in Finland by 2025.

The biogas market will be developed actively by Gasum by 2025. The biogas producers Biotehdas and Biovakka became part of the Gasum Group in March 2016. Through these business acquisitions Gasum strengthened its strategic objective of actively developing biogas production and the biogas market in Finland. Efforts will be made to increase biogas production capacity by expanding current plants owned by Gasum as well as constructing new ones, and sourcing of biogas from other operators’ production plants will also be expanded.

2. Investing in the development of the low-emission road fuel gas market by increasing the supply of road fuel gas significantly in the key demand areas in Finland.

Gasum will expand the gas filling station network in response to demand to key transport nodes in Finland. By the end of 2018, 16 new filling stations will be constructed in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Turku, Jyväskylä, Oulu and other selected locations. There are currently 24 gas filling stations in Finland.

Progress made with the operational commitment will be reported on the Society’s Commitment website. To read Gasum’s commitment and follow our progress toward our objectives, visit the Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development website at https://commitment2050.fi/commitment/gas-is-building-a-bridge-to-a-carbon-neutral-society.

The publication of Gasum’s commitment is part of the activities under the European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW).

For further information please contact:

Ari Suomilammi, Vice President, HSEQ, Gasum
Phone: +358 20 44 78754

Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Biogas, Gasum
Phone: +358 20 44 78656 firstname.surname(a)gasum.fi

Read more about Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development: The Finland we want by 2050 ─ Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development http://www.ym.fi/en-US/The_environment/Sustainable_development/Societys_commitment_to_sustainability