We monitor our air emissions actively and constantly work towards improvement in this area. We have achieved good results in reducing several different air pollutants and our development efforts continue. The amount of noise emissions varies, but we strive to eliminate any noise sources as soon as they are detected.
Our goal: clean air and a peaceful environment for everyone
Reducing noise improves the wellbeing of both employees and local residents
Our Tehdastie facility is located right next to the Järvelä village centre, in the municipality of Kärkölä. Consequently, ensuring the well-being of local residents through noise mitigation is a priority. Shredding wood waste for fuel, which is related to biofuels, is one the noisiest of our operations, and we have, for some time, explored various options for mitigating its negative effects. For instance, we have erected noise barriers and restricted our shredding operations to specific hours of the day. In 2018, we created a noise mitigation plan, focusing primarily on noise carrying towards the north from Koskisen’s Tehdastie facility. The environmental permit specifies that the measures in accordance with the above-mentioned noise mitigation plan must be carried out by 31 December 2021 and control measurements by 30 April 2022.
Climate-friendly raw materials
Koskisen takes an active part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. One of the advantages of our business is that our primary raw material is a substance that binds carbon: wood. During photosynthesis, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store carbon in their wood, where it stays for a long time. In durable wood products, carbon stays bound in the wood material throughout the product’s entire lifecycle.
In heat production, our goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by keeping the share of fossil fuels as low as possible. The heating plants in our Järvelä mill area, which are owned by Lahti Energia (Koskipower Oy), are covered by the international emissions trading scheme, they are subject to monitoring, reporting and external auditing pursuant to the Act on emission trading (Finlex 2011/311). Some of our products’ carbon footprint has already been calculated, and we intend to extend these calculations to cover the entire group.
Identifying development areas through emissions monitoring
Koskisen’s Järvelä operations cause airborne emissions largely due to production processes and somewhat from energy production (chipboard mill’s reserve boiler). Emissions associated with our operations include sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2) as well as VOC emissions (volatile organic compounds) and particulate emissions. We monitor our air emissions constantly and work actively towards reducing them. Emissions from energy production (boiler plants) have fallen significantly since 2018 because the emissions from the plants owned by Lahti Energia (Koskipower Oy) are not included in Koskisen’s emissions. Koskisen’s process emissions have remained at the same level for several years.
Plywood and chipboard products’ formaldehyde emissions
When it comes to formaldehyde emissions, our plywood products and chipboard products glued with low-emission formaldehyde glue have been granted a CARP P2/TSCA certificate by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In addition, exterior plywood panels glued with phenol were granted an exemption from external formaldehyde emissions audits. The reason behind this is the use of ULEF (Ultra Low Emitting Formaldehyde) resins, consistently fulfilling the requirements of the most stringent CARB ULEF standard.