EMISSIONS

We monitor our air emissions actively and constantly work towards improvement in this area. We have achieved good results in reducing several different air pollutants and our development efforts continue. The amount of noise pollution varies, but we strive to eliminate any noise sources as soon as they are detected.

Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels (tons) of Järvelä's operations

Air emissions of Järvelä's operations (tons)

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OUR GOAL IS CLEAN AIR AND A PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERYONE


 

We monitor our air emissions actively and constantly work towards improvement in this area. We have achieved good results in reducing several different air pollutants and our development efforts continue. The amount of noise pollution varies, but we strive to eliminate any noise sources as soon as they are detected.

Reducing noise improves the wellbeing of both employees and local residents

Our Tehdastie facility is located right next to the Järvelä village centre, the largest community in the municipality of Kärkölä. Consequently, ensuring the well-being of local residents through noise mitigation is a priority. Shredding wood waste for fuel is perhaps the noisiest of our operations, and we have explored various options for mitigating its negative effects. For instance, we have erected noise barriers and restricted our shredding operations to specific hours of the day. Additionally, in 2014, we received some negative feedback for the noise generated by a new conveyor in our sawmill, but managed to eliminate the noise with minor changes. In 2015 and 2016, we were contacted by local residents due to noise emanating from our coating plant. This problem was solved by keeping the production hall doors closed at night. In 2017, we received no complaints for noise. In 2018, we will create a noise mitigation plan, which will focus primarily on noise carrying towards the north from our Tehdastie facility.

Climate-friendly raw materials

Our group takes an active part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. One of the benefits of our business is that our primary raw material is a substance that binds carbon: wood. During photosynthesis, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store carbon in their tissues, such as wood, where it stays for a long time. In durable wood products, carbon stays bound in the wood material throughout the product’s entire lifecycle. In heat production, our goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by keeping the share of fossil fuels as low as possible. As both of our heating plants in Kärkölä are covered by the international emissions trading scheme, they are subject to monitoring, reporting and external auditing pursuant to the Act on emission trading (Finlex 2011/311). Some of our products’ carbon footprint has already been calculated, and we intend to extend these calculations to cover the entire group.

Identifying development areas through emissions monitoring

There are two main sources of air emissions in Koskisen Oy’s Kärkölä facilities: production processes and energy production. Emissions associated with our operations include sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2) as well as VOC emissions (volatile organic compounds) and particulate emissions. We monitor our air emissions constantly and work actively towards reducing them. Between 2004 and 2017, we have made good progress, especially in reducing our sulphur dioxide emissions.

Our plywood products have been granted an exemption from external formaldehyde emissions audits by CARB (California Air Resources Board). The reason behind this is that we use ULEF (ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde) resins in our plywood products, consistently fulfilling the requirements of the most stringent CARB standard (Phase 2).

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