Efficient energy use

A significant part of the Group’s energy consumption, as well as its climate impact, is related to the use of natural gas or biogas as well as purchased electricity and district heating (indirect and direct energy). Reporting takes place from production units and offices at all business units. Beginning 2021 energy consumed by company cars, trucks and suppliers is also included.

Energy consumption in 2021 increased by 20 percent compared to the previous year. Net sales for the same period increased by 11 percent. The data collection process for energy, CO2-emmissions and waste has become significantly more systematic for all operations. A comparison with the previous year’s data is therefore not fair. The calculation of the Group’s CO2 emissions in scopes 1 and 2 (direct emissions from controlled sources and emissions from the generation of electricity and district heating) is based on each unit’s total average energy mix.

Green electricity and biogas

As each country’s energy mix differs, national initiatives are taken to introduce more renewable energy. Sweden e.g. signed an agreement in 2019 on the purchase of green electricity (renewable energy sources) and a transition from natural gas to biogas in the production of bitumen-based products was made at the end of 2019. Thus, CO2 emissions were reduced by almost 1,100 tons of CO2e compared to 2019. Denmark has taken the same initiative with green electricity and switched to biogas in 2021 reducing 750 tons of CO2e compared to consumption in 2020. Finland will change into biogas in 2022, with an estimated yearly reduction of 1 000 tons.