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Helsinki’s iconic jazz club Storyville now cooking on 100% Finnish biogas – biogas also to keep customers warm on the terrace

The Helsinki jazz club Storyville has made an environmentally friendly move. Also a restaurant serving food, from now on the meals served at Storyville will be made with 100% Finnish biogas, and the same fuel will also be used to heat the club's famous terrace. The biogas used by Storyville is produced by Gasum and sold and transmitted by Suomen Kaasuenergia Oy.

Ranked as one of the best jazz clubs in Europe, Storyville has switched to local biogas in its restaurant kitchen and the heaters keeping customers warm on the terrace. Gasum biogas is a 100% Finnish biofuel made from 100% renewable feedstocks and has been awarded the Made in Finland Key Flag Symbol as well as the Nordic Ecolabel.

According to Storyville owners, the reasons for the switch to biogas were both practical and value-based.

”We used to use natural gas in our kitchen cookers and terrace heaters. We appreciated biogas being local and having such great environmental advantages, so in the end the decision to make the switch was easy. In addition, getting gas directly from the pipeline network is also a more convenient option for us than bottled gas,” says restaurateur Jorma Railonkoski.

Biogas already used by dozens of Helsinki restaurants

Using biogas in a restaurant kitchen is an environmentally friendly choice.

”Biogas can be made from feedstocks such as grease collected from restaurant grease traps and biowaste generated in food preparation. Restaurants can then use the biogas produced for purposes such as cooking food or heating. It’s great that this way restaurants can recover and utilize their own biowaste,” says Gasum Sales Manager Max Miilakangas.

There are currently dozens of restaurants in Helsinki using biogas for heating, food preparation or both. 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.

For more information please contact:

Max Miilakangas, Sales Manager, Gasum Ltd, phone: +358 40 068 6814, firstname.surname(a)

Olga Väisänen, Vice President, Communications, Gasum Ltd, phone: +358 40 554 0578, firstname.surname(a)

Jorma Railonkoski, Restaurateur, Storyville, phone: +358 40 1738336

Established in 1993, Happy Hour Restaurants is a family business providing high-quality restaurant services with a focus on music and great experiences in central Helsinki. The company’s spread of restaurants, clubs and bars features the cultured Storyville, the dance-on-the-table Rymy-Eetu, the multi-storey party paradise LeBonk with its rooftop terrace, the Singer's Karaoke bar and the must-visit open-air venues of the urban summer – the Storyville park terrace, the Freedom Bar next to the Olympic Stadium and the Aurinkoterassi in Erottaja in the very heart of Helsinki.