The Raahen plant of SSAB ranks as the top emitter in Finland once more

In 2023, a total of 15.4 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions were generated from plants included in the emissions trading system, a decrease from the previous year’s 19.0 million tons. The top three emitters remained SSAB’s Raahen steel plant, Neste’s Porvoon oil refinery, and Helen’s Salmisaaren coal-fired power plant for several years.

According to the Energy Agency, emissions from Finnish facilities in the EU emissions trading system reduced by 19.2 percent last year compared to 2023. While SSAB’s Raahen steel plant ranked as the largest producer of emissions among all Finnish plants participating in the EU emissions trading system, overall emissions decreased across all facilities included in the system.

SSAB has made plans to transition their steel production in Raahe and Luleå, Sweden, to be largely fossil-free by 2040. However, this decision has been a disappointment for Finland economically, as it may mean that emissions from the Raahen factory will not decrease significantly in the near future. On the other hand, Neste plans to stop oil refining at their Porvoon refinery by the mid-2030s and focus on producing low-carbon fuels and circular economy products.

Helen’s Salmisaaren power plant had its coal phase-out schedule extended due to supply concerns caused by an energy crisis. Meanwhile, natural gas consumption increased while peat and coal consumption decreased last year. Renewable fuel consumption remained stable from the previous year. Weather-related fluctuations in energy demand and production influence emission trends. Total energy consumption remained constant with increased nuclear power production and decreased net electricity imports.

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In summary, while SSAB’s Raahen steel plant was still a significant contributor to Finnish emissions last year, overall emissions decreased across all facilities included in the EU emissions trading system due to various factors such as natural gas consumption increases and coal phase-out extensions.

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