HELSINKI, June 15, 2016 (Press Release) -Kemira´s site in Helsingborg, Sweden was one of the three finalists in the Business category in the EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2016 for industrial symbiosis that facilitates sharing recovered energy from industrial processes. While the first place award went to Brau Union Österreich with Green Brewery Göss, Kemira is proud to be recognized along with Greenway Operator for second place and is honored to have been selected as a finalist.
The EU Sustainable Energy Awards recognizes outstanding innovation in energy efficiency and renewables. This year, the nine finalists are chosen from nearly 200 applications of the year’s most successful projects for clean, secure and efficient energy.
A high-level jury have decided the winner in each of the three categories – Businesses, Public Sector, Consumers. A public online vote determined the winner of the 2016 Citizens’ Award. The winners were announced on the 14th of June in Brussels in the award ceremony which was part of the European Union Sustainable Energy week.
“We are proud that we were selected as one of the finalists for this significant sustainability award. This award highlights how important it is that also industries develop processes and products that contribute and enhance sustainable society”, says Lennart Albertsson, Director, Pulp & Paper, Kemira Helsingborg.
Kemira´s site in Helsingborg operates under the name of Industry Park of Sweden (IPOS). The business idea of IPOS is industrial symbiosis, which means that all businesses based in the industry park cooperate in order to achieve resource efficiency, reduce costs and to minimize their environmental impact.
An important part of the industrial symbiosis is sharing of the recovered energy from Kemira’s own processes. Today, 600 GWh of energy is recovered every year to replace the consumption of primary fuels not only for Kemira but also for the companies within IPOS and Helsingborg City. This recovered energy is the base load of the district heating network in Helsingborg, accounting for 1/3 of the total yearly heat demand.
As Kemira’s recovered energy is produced by exothermal reactions and by heat recovery from product flows it does not generate any CO₂ emissions. If the corresponding volume of energy were to be produced by for example oil, yearly emissions would be 150 000 tons CO₂ per year.
The site currently hosts around 20 different companies within chemical and food industry, logistics and service. All companies within the park collaborate around energy, material, utilities, logistics, infrastructure and services.