Posted on 21 December 2015
Only the second energy company in the world to be FSC certified.
Forest biomass is becoming an increasingly important source of electricity and heat as countries seek to move away from fossil fuels. However, if bioenergy is to have a genuinely positive impact on the climate and the environment, it needs to be produced sustainably.
Swedish energy company Fortum Värme recently upped the ante on this front, becoming the first energy company in Europe – and only the second in the world – to become FSC-certified.
This means that the wood products it uses as biofuel – twigs, bark, branches and chips – can be traced in an unbroken chain back to producers in the forests themselves. The initiative is part of a wider environmental strategy from Fortum Värme, which has pledged to produce 100 per cent of its heat and power from recycled or renewable sources by 2030.
“We are very proud to have been certified,” says Nadja Pilpilidou, Fortum Värme’s
Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Manager. “The certification is yet another proof that ecological and social responsibility are central and vital parts of our work, and that we take responsibility for our entire value chain.”
Achieving the FSC Chain of Custody certification is a rigorous process, and standards are maintained with independent annual audits. Fortum Värme has been a GFTN-Sweden participant for the last ten years, and WWF worked closely with the company to help put in place the processes and controls needed to ensure traceability throughout the supply chain.
“During the process leading up to certification we met regularly with Fortum Värme to review and discuss the company’s activities and goals," said Per Larsson, GFTN-Sweden Manager. "
We were impressed by their vision and their willingness to listen, and together we feel we’ve achieved very good results that will encourage others.”
“Our activities and goals are reviewed and discussed with WWF regularly,” Pilpilidou says. “Together, we have achieved very good results.”
Blazing a trail of this kind is not without its challenges. Pilpilidou says a continual dialogue and close support is needed with suppliers unused to Fortum Värme’s stringent new demands.
Fortum Varme has a state-of-the-art biofuel plant to produce clean heat and electricity for some 190,000 apartments.
For more information, contact:
Per Larsson, GFTN-Sweden Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org