Locals reap the benefits

Demand for local raw materials, workforce and services
The biorefinery sources its raw materials from its vicinity and employs both local residents and enterprises. The refinery helps fund Kemijärvi, safeguard the welfare of its inhabitants and support the level of public services. The locals thus stand to reap meaningful benefits from the bio-refinery's operations in Kemijärvi.

Over 1,000 jobs created
The construction phase creates around 2,700 jobs. Once operational, the completed bio-refinery is envisaged to directly employ almost 200 individuals. However, including the various side-effects and externally purchased services, the bio-refinery is expected to contribute to creating over 1,000 full-time jobs in Kemijärvi.

New business for companies
The bio-refinery creates opportunities for new services, products and customer relationships. Everyone has opportunity to grow and engage in profitable investments.

• After the construction phase is completed, positions will open in, for example, forestry raw material logistics, auxiliary services, commerce, and infrastructure maintenance.

• In the bio-economy, added value is created for products through the provision of services and digital solutions. This, in turn, creates a fertile foundation for the operations of both existing and new SMEs to evolve.

More pastures for reindeer
Correctly implemented thinnings increase the amount of available pastures.  This is important for our reindeer herds.

• Shifts timber sourcing to young thinning stands. Forests with growing old tree lichen are saved.

• In barren lichen-growing boreal forests, the thinning operations enhances lichen growth and, in more fertile soils, also the growth of hay.

Fishing, boating and summer house living continues unchanged
The bio-refinery will not have an impact on recreational activities by and in the waters of Kemijärvi. In fact, the envisaged operations will have an even lower impact on the water system than was the case with former pulp mill. The refinery waters are treated using the best available technology and odour-related nuisance can be almost completely eliminated. The condition of the water system and the fish fauna will be monitored closely in accordance with the obligations set by the permit decisions.

Important to all of Finland

In line with Finnish national strategy
The Republic of Finland has selected the bio-economy as one of its pillars of success for the year 2025. The bio-refinery embraces every spearhead project of the Government's bio-economy and has a clear focus on clean-tech.

1. Increased usage of renewable energy. The bio-energy generated during the production process can be used to replace traditional non-renewable energy sources. The generated energy can be utilised by, for example, the mining industry and raw material transports to the refinery.

2. Increases the annual regional demand for wood by 2.8 million cubic metres. Finnish wood resources are competitive in the global market and thanks to its existing infrastructure, leading product development know-how, longstanding forest management tradition and its resolve to meet ecological challenges with renewable and innovative wood-based products.

3. A new way to promote the uses of new bio-products is found in the cost-efficient production of microcrystalline cellulose, or MCC. . MCC is a new bioproduct that has multiple uses and, for instance, improves the efficiency of fodder.

4. Improves the profitability of agriculture by enabling the use of MCC in fodder. The costs of feeding livestock are reduced.

5. Effectively managed forest resources also help safeguard the level of nature conservation, thereby providing local residents with the opportunities to benefit from their own natural resources. Increased thinning reduces the pressure to harvest old forests, as thinnings also enhance the growth rates of wood.

Read more about the spearhead projects for a successful bio-economy on the Government's website by clicking on the following link: http://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/implementation-of-the-government-programme

The Kemijärvi bio-refinery will be the first in the world to produce MCC on an industrial scale. This is made possible through an entirely new production method that has been developed and patented by the Aalto University. The Kemijärvi bio-refinery will be exclusively licensed to use this, so called AaltoCell process.

MCC is a novel bio-product that significantly improves the targeted absorption of chemicals and nutrients. Today, due to high production costs, MCC is primarily used in the pharmaceutical industry.

However, going forward the production methods used at the envisaged bio-refinery have the potential to dramatically reduce production costs and, thereby, also

The bio-refinery in Kemijärvi also marks a return of profitability to forestry in the north
The yields and growth rates of Finnish forests have improved and are set to continue improving, thanks to the bio-refinery’s increased demand for pulpwood from thinnings.  It will use 2.8 million cubic metres of thinning wood and wood chips as raw material each year. Thinnings are envisaged to increase in a large area, spanning from Upper Lapland to the northeast to northern Kainuu to the south. Forests that are thinned in a timely manner produce larger, more valuabletrees. Well managed forests also experience less insect-related damages and fewer plant diseases, because damaged trees are removed in conjunction with the thinnings. The regional timber sellers will also benefit from an additional and regular purchaser who pays at market prices.

Promotes employment in the north
The construction phase will create around 2,700 jobs. The completed bio-refinery offers direct employment opportunities for almost 200 people. All in all, over 1,000 jobs will created in Kemijärvi and Eastern Lapland that are either directly or indirectly linked to the bio-refinery.

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