Heading to a fossil-free future


Low-carbon fuels and climate-smart energy production solutions are a key part of our sustainable energy management strategy.


Due to our high energy self-sufficiency, we have taken agile steps to take less fossil CO2 producing energy solutions in use. Where possible, fossil fuels are substituted by renewable fuels.  

Our combined heat and power (CHP) plants burn renewable fuels such as bark, forest and fibre residues and solid residues from deinking and effluent treatment plants. Additionally, fossil fuels including natural gas or light fuel oil are used at our CHP plants and steam boilers. Coal is used as an energy source at mills only when there is no other alternative fuel source. In 2021 we also made a commitment to stop using coal in our operations by 2030.

Forerunner in use of wood-based biomass

We have invested heavily in renewable biomass-based energy generation during the past decades and have replaced a number of old fossil fuel-fired power plants with new biomass-based power plants. Effective, large-scale utilisation of biomass-based fuels is an important part of our energy strategy, and today biomass-based fuels make up 76% (2023) of our total fuel usage.

At the same time, we have been developing sustainable wood biomass harvesting methods closely with regulators, non-governmental organisations and universities.

Our biomass-based energy sources also include bark and black liquor from the pulping process.

Hydropower is a cost-efficient way to generate energy

Hydropower is a key part of our diverse energy portfolio, offering a good example of a renewable, CO2-free energy resource. It is also a cost-efficient way to generate energy. Hydropower plants have low maintenance costs and a long lifespan. Hydropower is also a flexible and adjustable way of generating electricity.

We own eight hydropower plants in Finland and are a shareholder in two hydropower companies, Pohjolan Voima Oy and Kemijoki Oy. Most of our hydropower plants were built between the 1930s and 1950s. Some of our paper mills have their own hydropower plants located on nearby rivers.

Through continuous modernisation, we aim to progressively improve the operational efficiency and environmental safety of our hydropower plants.

Nuclear power

In Finland, we have a stake in the nuclear power industry through our associated company, Pohjolan Voima Oy (PVO), which is the second largest power generator in the country. PVO is the majority shareholder of the nuclear power producer Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO), which operates two reactors in Olkiluoto, Finland.

In 2023, we grew our capacity to produce emission-free electricity by almost 50% through Olkiluoto 3 (OL3).

Purchased power

Not all energy is generated by us. Depending on the local situation, external power companies generate all or part of the energy for some of our mills.

We prefer renewable, CO2-free energy also on our purchase agreements.