The company intends to make 4.0 TWh of biogas available on the market from its own production and that of certified European partners by 2025.
Gasum has set a goal of reducing its carbon footprint by one million tonnes. Apart from providing greater availability of biogas, the company will also reduce the emission intensity of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas production chains by 1%/year.
To deliver more biogas, Gasum will set up new facilities. The company is building an industrial-scale manure-based plant (120 GWh/year) in Götene, scheduled for completion by the beginning of 2023. Gasum is also planning to build biogas plants in the Swedish Borlänge and Kalmar, and in the Finnish Oulu.
Gasum currently operates 15 biogas plants, nine in Finland and six in Sweden. In 2020, the company acquired a plant (40 GWh) in the Swedish Skövde. The Lohja site (40 GWh) in Finland entered commercial production in January 2021, while the Nymölla facility (75 GWh) in Sweden will come online later this year.
In addition, Gasum is looking into the production of other renewable gases in the Nordics - synthetic methane and green hydrogen.
"Biogas is a renewable energy source that can be produced from many kinds of biodegradable waste. Biogas production is a good example of fully utilizing raw materials and promoting the circular economy. Circularity is further enhanced by the fact that nutrient residues arising as a by-product in biogas production can be returned to the food chain as a fertilizer or processed for industrial needs to replace mineral or fossil nutrients and fertilizers. The use of biogas as a fuel in road transport can help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 90% compared to fossil diesel," the company said in a press release.
To this Johanna Lamminen, CEO, Gasum, added, "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."