Fortum and the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) have signed a preliminary agreement on a land lease for an energy production plant, which will be built on the grounds of the Ekomo eco-industrial centre in Ämmässuo. Fortum intends to build an energy production plant utilising renewable energy to replace part of the coal used in Espoo’s district heating production.
“The energy production plant planned for Ämmässuo is currently considered the best option to replace the use of coal in Espoo and to promote regional circular economy solutions. The project is strategically important for Fortum. In cooperation with HSY, we aim to investigate the optimal utilisation of synergies with the Ekomo eco-industrial centre,” says Mikael Lemström, Vice President, Heating and Cooling at Fortum.
Important project towards carbon neutrality
Fortum’s project is welcomed by Olli Isotalo, Head of Technical and Environment Services at City of Espoo.
“Fortum’s arrival at Ämmässuo strengthens the area’s development into a significant platform for cleantech companies and modern circular economy,” he says.
Isotalo stresses that an energy production plant using renewable energy in Ämmässuo would promote Espoo’s aim of phasing out the use of coal by the end of the next decade.
“The project is also important for the new city district of Finnoo. The current power plant site near Finnoo’s future metro station could be utilised as a part of the new Finnoo by the sea.”
Espoo’s district heating operator Fortum and the City of Espoo have signed a joint Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development, in which the parties commit to cooperation in order to make Espoo’s district heating carbon-neutral during the 2020s.
“Fortum is already producing cleaner district heating for Espoo residents with heat pumps, the new pellet plant in Kivenlahti and pyrolysis oil in Vermo. Thanks to these plants, Espoo’s district heating emissions per capita decreased last year by as much as 8 per cent. This is revealed by HSY’s recent climate emission calculations. District heating production is the greatest single load on the climate with a share of 40 per cent. The Ämmässuo project is an important project towards carbon neutrality for us,” says Pasi Laitala, Director for Sustainable Development in Espoo.
Next, Fortum will apply for an environmental permit and building permit for the construction of the first phase. The aim is to start building the energy production plant for biofuels and recycled fuels in the early 2020s.