Fazer has agreed with Lahti Energia Oy to have a bio-heating facility built on Fazer’s factory area in Lahti. The heating facility will produce bioenergy to be utilised by the mill, bakery and rye crisp production lines as well as the new Xylitol production facility, which will be ready in summer 2021.

Fazer is participating actively in the work to curb climate change and is investing in sustainable food production. Fazer’s sustainability approach consists of four ambitious core goals by 2030: 50% less emissions, 50% less food waste, to be 100% sustainably sourced and more plant based. Reducing emissions is a direct means of reducing the climate impacts of food production, and renewable energy plays an important role in cutting emissions.  

“Sustainability is a key element of Fazer’s strategy, while the company is transforming into a modern sustainable food company. Food production and consumption have a major impact on the environment, society and well-being. We see food as a solution. We put the consumers first, and the conscious consumers of today expect companies to actively advance sustainability. A bio-heating facility, which utilises the grain-based bio-mass derived from our own production to produce heat, is an outstanding example of circular economy,” explains Pekka Mäki-Reinikka, Managing Director of Fazer Mills Finland.

New method for producing bio-energy supports the circular economy

The Xylitol factory, which is being built in Lahti, will be the only production facility in the world producing Xylitol from oat hulls on such a scale and where the raw material is received directly from the company’s own production. The production of Xylitol utilising a side stream from the oat milling process and new technology, is an excellent example of an innovative circular economy solution.

“Innovations and continuous development work play essential roles in sustainable food production. Our core goal of achieving 50% less emissions supports the circular economy – as does the whole Xylitol factory. We consider it very important to find ways to utilise different side streams as beneficially as possible,” Mäki-Reinikka continues.

The heating facility will be built next to the new Xylitol factory and once ready, it will produce bioenergy to be utilised by the mill, bakery and rye crisp production lines as well as the new Xylitol production facility. The steam may also be used to cool the premises of the area. The heating facility is estimated to be ready in summer 2021, at the same time as the Xylitol factory.

This means that energy related CO2 emissions from the whole site will be reduced. The combination of efficient logistics and reduced energy emissions makes Fazer Xylitol the most sustainable on the market.

Local energy from oat hulls

In June, Lahti was chosen as the Green capital of Europe in 2021. Lahti received the best scores with regards to the air quality, waste handling and eco-innovations, among other things. The new Xylitol factory will support the position of Lahti as the leading green city in Finland and in Europe. Read more about the environmental goals of Lahti here.