Finavia partners on carbon neutral heating at Rovaniemi Airport

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Airport operator Finavia and Finnish energy supplier Napapiirin Energia ja Vesi (Neve) have entered an agreement for the heating of Rovaniemi Airport with carbon-neutral district heating.

“We have worked systematically to reduce the climate impact of our airports for over 10 years now. We reached an important milestone two years ago when all our airports became carbon neutral. Our objective is to achieve zero net emissions in 2030, and we continue on our journey toward emissions-free airports. The cooperation with Neve is an important step along this journey,” said Henri Hansson, SVP, airport infrastructure, sustainability, safety, security and compliance at Finavia. “In order to eliminate our carbon dioxide emissions, we must focus on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving our energy efficiency.

Finavia feels that Vihreä Lähilämpö (Neve’s carbon-neutral district heating product) is the right choice for Rovaniemi Airport because it supports key measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions identified in its climate program. Neve produces its district heat from renewable and locally sourced fuels.

According to Kristian Gullsten, CEO of Neve, the company generates heat mainly from wood-based fuels: wood chips and wood industry byproducts such as dust, bark, cutter shavings and recycled wood. Neve is also planning to use energy generated by burning dried sewage sludge in the near future.

“We have made significant investments in reducing our emissions, and our objective is to make all our production emissions-free by the end of this decade. Thanks to our Vihreä Lähilämpö, we can offer carbon neutral district heating to the majority of our customers,” Gullsten noted.

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