Powering a town as a by-product
The remaining heat from the Kerto LVL production process is sold for district heating to the town of Lohja. “The local bio heating plant is a significant support for reaching our ambitious low carbon energy goals,” says the mayor of Lohja,
Mika Sivula. Lohja is part of Finland’s national scheme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2030. According to the mayor, “due to the bio heating plant, we have accomplished our first milestone, 15% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2016.” The plant covers 80% of Lohja’s heating. “As the sidestreams of the Kerto LVL production, bark and woodchips, are utilised at the same plant, traffic emissions are reduced as well. All this makes our Kerto LVL an outstanding building material in terms of sustainability,” states Jouni Laakso, who manages both the Metsä Wood mill and the bio heating plant.