The Raahen plant of SSAB ranks as the top emitter in Finland once more

Carbon Emissions from Finnish Plants in EU ETS System Decline, but Some Plants Struggle to Reduce Output

In 2023, a total of 15.4 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions were generated from plants included in the EU emissions trading system, down from the previous year’s 19.0 million tons. The top three emitters remained SSAB’s Raahen steel plant, Neste’s Porvoon oil refinery, and Helen’s Salmisaaren coal-fired power plant for several years.

Despite being the largest producer of emissions among all Finnish plants participating in the EU emissions trading system last year, SSAB’s Raahen steel plant saw an increase in emissions to 3.7 million tons of carbon dioxide last year, up from 3.6 million the previous year. Neste’s Porvoon refinery emissions remained stable at 2.5 million tons, while Helen’s Salmisaaren power plant emissions decreased from 0.9 to 0.7 million tons of carbon dioxide.

SSAB aims to transition their steel production in Raahe and Luleå, Sweden, to be largely fossil-free by 2040 through a significant investment of around 4.5 million euros in Lulea, which will reduce emissions in Sweden but may not have a significant impact on those coming from the Raahen factory in Finland.

Neste plans to stop oil refining at the Porvoon refinery by the mid-2030s and focus on producing low-carbon fuels and circular economy products instead of traditional oil products like gasoline and diesel fuel. Helen’s Salmisaaren plant had its coal phase-out schedule extended due to supply concerns caused by an energy crisis but is expected to have its coal phase-out completed by 2035 as planned originally.

The Energy Agency reported that natural gas consumption increased slightly while peat and coal consumption decreased last year due to higher prices for fossil fuels and increased use of renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. Renewable fuel consumption remained stable from the previous year with wind energy being the biggest contributor followed by biofuels and hydropower with nuclear power taking up only a small percentage of overall production capacity due to safety concerns after several accidents over recent years.

Weather-related fluctuations in energy demand and production influence emission trends with total energy consumption remaining constant as there was no major change in net electricity imports or nuclear power production.

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In conclusion, while Finland’s participation in the EU emissions trading system has led to a reduction in overall emissions compared to previous years, some individual plants have continued or even increased their levels of carbon dioxide output despite efforts towards decarbonization across industries globally.

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