There are two guiding principles underlying the Koskisen energy policy: promoting energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy.
We promote energy efficiency
There are two guiding principles underlying the Koskisen energy policy: promoting energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy. One of the ways in which we promote our energy efficiency is participating in the Confederation of Finnish Industries’ Energy Efficiency Agreement. To increase our use of renewable energy, in turn, we have adopted a biofuel-based solution for our heat production.
Targeting continuous improvement in energy efficiency
In 2016, we joined the Energy Efficiency Agreement organised by the Confederation of Finnish Industry and the associated operational programme for energy-intensive industries. Difficult economic circumstances and the resulting production downtime have proven to be a challenge for improving our energy efficiency. Furthermore, keeping production volumes high across all production units would allow us to use energy more efficiently. One of the ways we have reduced energy consumption is to instruct our employees not to idle their machines and to turn off any equipment and lights when not in use. Additionally, we use energy-efficient LED lighting whenever possible. The outdoor temperature significantly impacts the need for thermal energy.
Renewable energy from the by-products of our operations
The Koskisen Oy Järvelä facilities produce heat in the main boiler facilities (Koskipower, Sermet and BIO8 boilers) owned by Lahti Energia (Koskipower Oy). Wood fuels recovered as by-products of our operations are the main fuel source. This means we generally reach a ratio of 95% biofuel in heat production. We also have six reserve boilers that use heavy fuel oil. These boilers are only used if there are issues with the main boilers.
Since the founding of Koskipower Oy’s heat production facilities in 2006, there has been a noticeable growth in the share of biofuel in our heat production. Most of Koskipower Oy’s heat is used at our own production facilities. Some of the heat is sold externally as district heating.
The Hirvensalmi facility gets its heat from our own wood and oil boilers maintained by KPA Unicon Service Oy.