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The Nordic energy company Gasum’s key corporate responsibility and sustainability themes are derived from the Gasum strategy. Themes important for the company’s stakeholders are also taken into account in responsibility work. Gasum employed stakeholder dialogue to survey stakeholder views of responsibility by conducting an extensive responsibility reflection where customers, partners and personnel were included in a dialogue. The results of the stakeholder dialogue were utilized in the identification of material responsibility themes and the development of corporate responsibility reporting and communications. Gasum also adopted updated corporate responsibility objectives for the Group.
The Nordic energy sector expert Gasum has carried out sustained responsibility work and promoted development towards a carbon-neutral society. Responsibility is an important element in the strategy implemented for the determined promotion of sustainable development based on the principles of circular economy and provision of cleaner energy solutions in the Nordic countries.
To support its sustained responsibility work and in response to changes in its operating environment, in late 2018 Gasum conducted an extensive responsibility reflection and included Nordic customers, partners and personnel in the work. More than 1,000 representatives of various stakeholder groups took part in the online dialogue which generated more than a thousand ideas for responsibility development.
The aim was to obtain an overall view of what customers and other stakeholders expect from the company and which issues there are related to the most important economic, social and environmental impacts of Gasum’s operations. Understanding stakeholder expectations is important to ensure that the most material themes are put to the core of Gasum’s responsibility work. This affects the success and acceptability of Gasum’s operations.
”The stakeholder dialogue has provided us with lots of good information for our responsibility work. Hearing the views of our stakeholders is important and links our responsibility work to a broader context as well as creating a framework for further development. All feedback has been valuable and we’ll continue the stakeholder dialogue in the future, too. The positive responsibility grade given by our stakeholders tells us that we’ve been doing things the right way and the image of Gasum as a responsible energy company is correct,” says Sustainability Manager Elina Saarivuori from Gasum.
The six themes derived from the Gasum strategy and the materiality analysis as regards corporate responsibility now form the basis for the company’s new Corporate Responsibility Program: safety and security, climate change mitigation, circular economy, access to gas, responsible business, and people. The Corporate Responsibility Program is also linked to the key UN Sustainable Development Goals from the Gasum perspective, the achievement of which Gasum will promote through its operations.
”We set objectives in all areas of sustainable development in our Corporate Responsibility Program. We aim for a safe and healthy workplace environment and personnel wellbeing. We promote a cleaner tomorrow though low-carbon energy products and energy-efficiency in our own operations. We are an active circular economy player and through our work develop the recycled nutrients, transport and energy markets. Our aims also include customer satisfaction, disturbance-free gas supply and distribution network expansion. In addition, we verify the compliance of our operations and also expect this from our suppliers,” Saarivuori says.
Gasum has also set long-term objectives in its Corporate Responsibility Program, with progress made towards them monitored and reported annually in the Corporate Responsibility Report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. The report for 2018 will be published in March.
For more information please contact:
Elina Saarivuori, Sustainability Manager, Gasum
Phone: +358 50 911 2668, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com
Gasum and Valio are launching cooperation as Valio introduces a biogas-fueled tractor unit in the collection of organic Valio Luomu™ milk in February 2019. The vehicle running on biogas is part of Valio’s objective to make the milk production chain entirely carbon neutral. Valio is implementing the circular economy in practice when supplying waste fractions from its production process for biogas production.
From February onwards, a total of 10% of all organic Valio Luomu™ milk will be collected using a biogas-fueled Volvo LBG 460 vehicle. Valio aims for a carbon-neutral milk chain and the introduction of the biogas-fueled vehicle is an important step towards the aim. The milk collection vehicle will operate in Southern Finland. In addition to organic milk, the truck will also collect basic milk from Valio producers.
”The new traction unit is Finland’s first gas-fueled heavy-duty vehicle intended for milk distribution. I’m happy and proud of the fact that those buying organic Valio Luomu™ products can now make an even more environmentally friendly choice when buying Valio Luomu™ milk,” says Valio Category Manager Mirva Tollet.
The transport use of biogas can help reduce fuel lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85%. Heavy-duty transport accounts for 40% of Finland’s transport emissions and that is why there is pressure specifically in enterprises’ transport logistics to reduce emissions. Depending on the size class, the annual emissions of a single tractor unit correspond to those of around 40–50 cars. Valio aims to make the operating hours of the new gas-fueled distribution vehicle as long as possible to maximize the emission reductions achieved.
”It’s great that Valio is using environmentally friendly biogas produced from biowaste as a fuel and that way reducing emissions from transport logistics. Taking part in the production of renewable biogas is circular economy at its best as it helps to recover biowaste efficiently for further use. To be able to cut transport emissions, we need frontrunners like Valio,” says Gasum Sales Manager Juha-Matti Koskinen.
Gasum and Valio are collaborating to produce biogas from Valio’s waste fractions. Reusing residual fractions from the production process is a particularly good way to implement circular economy as the organic matter created in biogas production can be utilized further as recycled fertilizer products.
”Our processes generate waste fractions that are unnecessary for us but suitable for the production of biogas. This means we supply raw material to Gasum and then use Gasum-produced LBG as a vehicle fuel. We also have other biogas-fueled vehicles, such as a delivery vehicle and company cars used by our personnel. Reducing the carbon footprint of logistics is important for our aim to achieve carbon neutrality in our entire milk chain as the number of kilometers clocked up is huge when milk and dairy products are transported,” says Valio Development Manager Petteri Tahvanainen.
Valio is considering the addition of more gas-fueled vehicles to its logistics fleet in the future, with the coverage of the biogas distribution network for heavy-duty vehicles in particular playing a decisive role in that context. Gasum provides heavy-duty transport with support for mobility fueled by low-emission gas in the Nordic countries. Gasum is currently investing in the construction and opening of 50 new gas filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles in Finland, Sweden and Norway by the beginning of the 2020s.
For more information please contact:
Juha-Matti Koskinen, Sales Manager, Heavy-Duty Transport, Gasum Ltd
Phone: +358 40 768 7188, juha-matti.koskinen(a)gasum.com
The preliminary gas transmission tariff of TSO has been published.
The Finnish gas transmission system operator (=TSO) with system responsibility will hold a public consultation between February 15 and March 31, 2019 on the new gas transmission tariffs.
Janne Grönlund, Chief Operations Officer, TSO, Gasum
Tel. +358 400 368 825, forname.lastname(a)@gasum.com
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Biogas helped solve brewery restaurant’s Bryggeri’s waste problem
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