Finland-headed gas major Gasum Oy has recently declared that is progressing towards carbon neutrality by setting new environmental targets to mitigate climate change. The company seeks to increase the availability of biogas to reach cumulative carbon emission reductions of a million tonnes. By 2025, Gasum intends to make 4 TWh per annum of biogas available on the market from the company’s own production and that of certified European partners.
In its own operations found across the Nordics, Gasum aims to reduce the emissions in liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas production chains and to implement energy efficiency measures.
Responsibility is a key element in Gasum’s strategy. Together with our partners and customers, we are continuously developing new ways to reduce emissions. Recent years have seen us increase the availability of gas in road transport, maritime, and industry, and have thereby helped our customers to reduce their own carbon footprint. Gas delivers significant cost-effective options to reach emission reductions, said Dr Johanna Lamminen, CEO of Gasum.
An essential way of reducing emissions is to increase the use of renewable biogas in the road and maritime transport sectors and, going forward, also increasingly in industry. Gasum aims to boost the availability of biogas by increasing biogas production and procurement to 4 TWh by 2025.
This will make it possible to reach cumulative emission reductions of one million tonnes. In addition, Gasum has set the target to reduce the emissions in liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas production chains by one percent a year in its own operations and intends to implement energy efficiency measures by 2025.
Biogas production capacity and availability showing strong growth
Gasum is boosting biogas production capacity and availability by building new plants and increasing the procurement of biogas from the production plants of other operators. Gasum now has 9 operational biogas plants in Finland and 6 in Sweden.
Last year, Gasum acquired a biogas plant (40 GWh/p.a.) in Skövde, Sweden. The Lohja biogas plant (40 GWh/p.a.) in Finland entered commercial production in January 2021 and the Nymölla biogas plant (75 GWh/p.a.) in Sweden will enter commercial production during 2021.
Gasum is also currently building an industrial-scale manure-based biogas plant (120 GWh/a) in Götene, Sweden. This plant is scheduled to complete by the beginning of 2023. In addition, the company is also planning to build biogas plants in Borlänge and Kalmar in Sweden, and in Oulu in Finland.
Gasum is investing heavily also in production development of other renewable gases such as synthetic methane and green hydrogen in the Nordics. For example, we are currently working with other energy operators to explore the possibility of building a pilot plant for the production of synthetic methane, said Dr Johanna Lamminen.