The Raahen plant of SSAB tops the list for largest emissions in Finland again

Top EU Emissions: Raahen Steel Plant Still Leads, But Overall Emissions Drop by 20%

In 2023, the Raahen steel plant of SSAB in Finland was once again the largest producer of emissions among all participating plants in the EU emissions trading system. However, overall emissions from facilities included in the system decreased last year by 19.2 percent compared to 2022, according to the Energy Agency.

The top three emitters remained largely unchanged from previous years, with SSAB’s Raahen factory area emitting 3.7 million tons of carbon dioxide, Neste’s Porvoon oil refinery emitting 2.5 million tons, and Helen’s Salmisaaren coal-fired power plant emitting approximately 0.7 million tons.

SSAB has set a goal to make its steel production largely fossil-free around 2040. The company will begin this process in Lulea, Sweden by launching a low-carbon steel pilot plant called Hybrid with mining company LKAB and energy company Vattenfall in 2016. The investment in Lulea is estimated to be around 4.5 million euros and will significantly reduce emissions in Sweden over time. However, Finland has been disappointed with this decision as it means that the Raahen factory’s emissions will not decrease significantly in the next few years.

Neste also announced plans to end oil refining at its Porvoon facility by mid-2030s and instead focus on producing low-carbon fuels and circular economy products

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