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09.07.2020  

Committed to cleaner energy

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Aiming for a carbon-neutral future on land and at sea, Gasum offers customers products and services that help to reduce their carbon footprint. In 2019, our actions towards mitigating climate change included increasing the availability of low-carbon fuels for use in both road and maritime transport, and running our energy efficient operations on 100 % renewable electricity.

The use of biogas, liquefied biogas (LBG), natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) helps to reduce the carbon footprint of road and maritime transport, industry and energy production. Gas will play an increasingly important role in road transport in the future, with the share of renewable biogas expected to grow considerably. Respectively, with international regulation steering maritime transport towards the use of cleaner fuels, the role of LNG will be strengthened. 

In 2019, Gasum increased the availability of gas in the transport sector by making a market entry into Sweden, and with the construction of 13 new filling stations in the Nordics. This enables the growth in gas-fueled vehicles: in Finland there are currently more than 10,000, and in Sweden more than 50,000 gas vehicle registrations. In 2019, Gasum’s sustainability-certified biogas enabled our customers to achieve greenhouse gas emission savings of 111,000 tonnes in total, which equals removing more than 40,000 cars from roads. The emission reduction is up to 90 per cent compared to fossil diesel.

Responding to the rapidly growing demand in Finland, Sweden and Norway, Gasum is committed to constructing a network of 50 filling stations for heavy-duty transport in the Nordic region in the beginning of the 2020s.

Benefits for transport, energy production and industry

We have continued building the maritime infrastructure in Northern Europe, and expanded the geographical coverage of our LNG supply solutions and services at sea. In 2019, we made more than 1,000 deliveries of low-carbon fuel for LNG-fueled vessels. Using LNG means close to zero emissions of sulphur oxides and particulate matter, and a reduction of nitrogen oxides emissions of up to 85 per cent compared with current conventional petroleum-based maritime fuels.

LNG technology can also be utilised in the future for fully renewable LBG or its blend. LBG is produced from biodegradable waste and its use helps to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 per cent compared with conventional fuels.

For energy production and industry, the diverse properties of natural gas and LNG come into their own particularly well in a variety of fields, including processing, paper and metal. As a clean energy source, gas offers industrial operators a good alternative for achieving emissions targets.

In the future, the use of natural gas will be increasingly emphasised as a reserve fuel used to meet extra demand for electricity during periods of peak energy consumption. Gasum’s energy market services aim at expanding the offering in carbon neutral power and adding value to customers in the energy market.

Circular economy central to Gasum’s strategy

The circular economy addresses two key global challenges: climate change and resource efficiency. 

We promote the circular economy by making biogas available to the market, and by aiming to utilise a wide feedstock base in its production. In 2019, we turned 800,000 tonnes of biodegradable biomass into biogas and recycled nutrients.

Our waste processing service enables the re-use of biodegradable waste material as energy, thereby reducing the energy lost in processes such as waste combustion or composting. In addition, nutrient residues such as nitrogen and phosphorus arising as a by-product in biogas production are returned either as recycled nutrients for industry or as recycled fertilisers for agriculture.

Sustainable operations

Besides supporting our customers environmental performance, our own operations are aimed at minimising our environmental impact and increasing energy efficiency. We strive to use materials, energy and water in a sustainable way.

Our aim is to increase the energy efficiency of our operations annually by one per cent until 2025. Supporting this target are tools including systematic energy management and commitment to the voluntary Energy Efficiency Agreement. In 2019, all electricity consumed by Gasum was 100 per cent renewable, generated by Nordic hydropower.

Read more about Gasum’s environmental responsibility in our 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report.

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