Heating Businesses in FinlandHeating businesses produce heat for local district heating systems. They mainly use fuels based on wood originating from their own forests or other nearby forests. In addition to procuring fuels, heating businesses work alone or in cooperatives to run district heating systems in practice, and they gain income from the heating bills paid by the premises heated within the schemes.
Almost 400 local heating schemes around FinlandAt first, the heating business was started from the need to reduce green house gas emissions and to develop small entreprenourship and business. By the end of 2009, almost 200 local heating businesses have been established around Finland, which means some 400 local heating schemes.
Earlier most of the customers of such businesses were municipal district heating schemes, but the numbers of corporate commercial heating purchasers have increased recently. It has been estimated that around the country there is potential for more than a thousand such schemes in all and the businesss is increasing fast.
Wood energy schemes give the public municipal authorities a welcome opportunity to exploit locally available renewable bioenergy resources, and support local businesses instead of buying imported fossil fuels supplied by large multinational corporations. Such schemes help to build up local economies by providing employment and promoting energy self-sufficiency.
Buying heat produced using local sources of bioenergy is also an environmentally friendly choice that supports Finland’s efforts to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce emissions of fossil carbon in line with the national climate and energy strategy.