In Finland, municipality-owned energy company Vantaan Energia Oy has announced that it has begun the commissioning of an extension of its waste-to-energy (WtE) energy plant in Vantaa enabling the phase-out of coal as fuel in its energy production.
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In Vantaa, Vantaan Energia has produced district heat and electricity from non-recyclable energy waste from households in its waste-to-energy plant since 2014.
Currently nearing completion, the capacity extension to the WtE plant will bring extra capacity to the utilization of domestic, non-recyclable waste and enable the phasing out the use of coal in its energy production as outlined in the company’s Fossil-Free 2026 project, an interim goal toward carbon negativity by 2030.
Non-recyclable waste from businesses and industries is used as fuel and deliveries of waste to the unit began last month with the first fire at the end of May.
By phasing out coal, Vantaan Energia’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy production will have decreased by as much as 70 percent. In addition, the new unit will significantly reduce the company’s dependence on imported fuels.
Apart from positive impacts on the environment, phasing out the use of imported fossil fuels will also benefit the stability of the price of heat for its clients.
The coal-fired boiler in the Martinlaakso power plant will remain ready for deployment until further notice in order to safeguard the security of the supply of energy.
The normal use of the coal boiler has ended, but it is still available as a reserve and backup to ensure heat supply in situations where there may be restrictions related to other energy sources or fuels.