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Fortum Värme goes 90% renewable with new Stockholm biomass plant

Fortum Värme, jointly owned by the energy company Fortum and the City of Stockholm, has inaugurated its new biomass-fired combined heat and power plant (CHP).

When the plant, located in Värtan, Stockholm, starts commercial production in the autumn, it will use forest residues and wood waste to produce district heat for nearly 200,000 households.

Daily consumption of wood chips will be approximately 12,000m3.

“After a long process, one of the world’s biggest biomass-fired combined heat and power plants has now been inaugurated. This is an important step towards a sustainable energy system in Stockholm and in Europe,” said Fortum Värme’s managing director Anders Egelrud.

"With the new power plant, 90% of Fortum Värme's energy production is based on renewable and recovered energy sources. That is quite unique. Our goal is naturally 100% renewable production," says Karin Wanngård, finance commissioner of the city of Stockholm.

“High emissions and low efficiency of heating, cooling and electricity production are typical problems in growing urban areas. Together with the City of Stockholm, we are taking steps towards a circular economy by utilising biomass, waste and recovered heat from data centres in energy production,” said Fortum's president and CEO Pekka Lundmark.

“Biomass is a renewable, largely local and carbon-neutral energy source. Its use increases the share of domestic energy resources particularly in Northern Europe, and it is an important building block of a sustainable energy system and bio economy,” he continued.

The value of the investment project, launched in 2013, is about €500 million.

Fortum Värme is the first energy company in Europe to have the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) Chain of Custody (CoC) certification.

The new power plant will reduce emissions in the Stockholm area by 126,000 tonnes per year.