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Towards future proof infrastructure and carbon neutral future by investing in renewable energy and by creating sustainable transition roadmaps together with our customers


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

Nevel reduces CO2 emissions in energy production by investing in energy efficiency and increasing the share of renewable energy. We aim to produce 75% renewable energy by the end of 2021. During 2020, Nevel´s share of renewable energy was increased to 67%.

Nevel sustainability targets

  • Decreasing CO2 emissions of our energy production
  • 75% of renewable energy production by end of 2021

We do this by

  • Working relentlessly towards carbon neutral future by investing in renewable energy
  • Optimising energy use and minimising use of fuel and flue gas residual oxygen level
  • Creating sustainable transition roadmaps together with our customers
  • Helping reuse everything and creating local ecosystems for the benefit of the whole society

Working together for a carbon neutral future

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:

  • Improved material and energy efficiency
  • Increased use of renewable energy sources
  • Advanced technology.

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.

District heating as a platform economy

Hundreds of customers and large industrial properties stand to benefit from the circular economies Nevel helps create, as well as its increased share of renewable energy. Benefitting from digital operations and maintenance platform, as well as machine learning, district heating is an economical platform that increases resource efficiency. District heating acts as a platform for industrial energy and material flows, such as saw dust or oat husks.

Nevel is creating sustainable bio-economy in cooperation with the city of Lieksa in Finland. The cooperation has focused on district heating and industrial heating solutions and creating economies of scale from increased municipal and industrial cooperation. Nevel has been running Lieksa’s district heating network for over twenty years and nowadays sawdust and bark from the local sawmill make up over half of the fuel needed to create heat for the entire municipal network, as well as for the mill itself. This reduces fuel-related waste and transport emissions and enables a resource-efficient municipal ecosystem.

To take another case, the municipality of Utajärvi, Finland, has outsourced responsibility for district heating to Nevel. This has enabled them to focus on their core tasks like providing education and social services. As a large and experienced district heating provider, Nevel has also brought new services to the users of the network while ensuring a reliable and efficient supply.

Nevel not only operates the network but is also a strategic partner, helping the municipality to plan and renew their network. Nevel’s size and the economies of scale this enables means the chance to offer a service level not typically found in smaller networks. In Utajärvi, customers can now benefit from services like access to energy consumption data through an online customer portal, hourly metering and e-invoices.
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Digitalisation helps optimise energy and material flows

With better access to information, energy and material flows can be optimised for reduced emissions and reduction of residual products and waste. When process data from production sites is sent to a cloud-based monitoring platform it can be analysed, filtered and enriched with the help of machine learning to enable decision making.

With our digital operations and maintenance platform we optimise the combustion process based on data and reduce residual oxygen levels, CO2 and NOX emissions. This results in higher energy efficiency and savings.

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