In today’s business landscape, industrial companies are strongly focused on improving sustainability and protecting the environment – while simultaneously maintaining competitiveness.
More environmentally friendly behaviour often goes hand in hand with cost efficiency as more efficient use of resources – as well as taxation and emission allowances – drive sustainable decisions. In practice, improving sustainability means some form of circular economy, where resources are not consumed unnecessarily, even if they are renewable, and everything is reused or recycled. This is where Nevel can provide expertise and experience
Producing energy as a service for industry is a significant part of our business, enabling us to build transformation roadmaps for a carbon-neutral future together with our customers. Creating local ecosystems and energy and material efficiency are embedded in the way we operate. Working together, the goal is to build a future proof infrastructure that minimises emissions and waste and responds to a desire for a carbon neutral future. It´s a future in which companies can operate closed-loop factories that manage energy and material flows in a way that eliminates waste by reusing or recycling inputs.
In practice, this means:
Combining modern technology with high level automation and machine learning will open up ever more opportunities in the future.
Nevel recovers excess heat from industrial processes and uses it for district heating, reducing the need to produce heat with biofuels. Example is cooperation with Sandvik Coromant in Sweden. By combining two industries Nevel’s solution can be used to transfer surplus energy from one area of the factory to another, bringing both economic and environmental benefits. The partnership reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 1.850 tonnes per year, equaling the annual emissions of 1.200 cars. The carbon dioxide emissions are reduced and now close to zero.
Nevel creates local circular economies, which in practice means steps like using industrial by-products such as sawdust and oat hulls in heat production. In Utajärvi, oat hulls, a by-product of a local mill, are used in the production of district heating for local homes. The hulls only need to be moved a few dozen metres to the silo and finally the boiler, saving on transport costs and emissions.