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Nordzucker subsidiary in Finland receives award for energy efficiency

The national energy authority has presented Nordzucker subsidiary Sucros Oy in Finland with an award for its long-term and successful efforts to improve energy efficiency and for the improvements it achieved between 2008 and 2016.

The site in Porkkala, Finland

Since Sucros Oy concluded an energy efficiency agreement in 2007, they have reached their goal of achieving energy savings of 9 per cent between 2008 and 2016. This fact proved key in the decision to award the company this prize. The subsidiary’s transparent reporting on energy efficiency measures over the years, the improvements programme it developed and its decision to sign up to an energy efficiency programme spanning 2017 to 2025 were also recognized. “This award is a valuable acknowledgement of our hard work to optimize energy efficiency. We have gone above and beyond our goal, achieving energy savings of more than 9 per cent in specific areas of energy consumption during production”, added Sune Berghäll, Head of Operations Finland, as he accepted the award on 15 June 2017 at the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki.

An example of these energy saving measures is the investments at both Finnish plants to improve the efficiency of their vaporization systems. This has resulted in annual energy savings of 20 GWh. This is the equivalent of 1,500 tonnes of heating oil. All measures put in place led to a total reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of more than 5,000 tonnes. This is the amount of CO2 emissions that would be produced by 600 individual households using oil heating.

“Our goal has always been sustainability and profitability. Energy saving measures fit very well to this general concept, as they not only lower production costs, but they also reduce emissions”, explained Sune Berghäll. “So, it was clear to us that we needed to conclude an energy efficiency agreement that will apply until 2025. The energy efficiency programme that we have chosen (ETJ+) is the conceptual basis upon which we can systematically determine our energy saving potential.”

Image: The site in Porkkala, Finland