Renewable Energy in Finland

In 2012 the total consumption of renewable energy was 434,1 petajoules (PJ). It was 9,8 % more than in 2010.

The forest industry is the biggest user of electricity in manufacturing and the most significant user of renewable energy. Most of renewable energy consumed in Finland consisted of bioenergy, largely in the form of wood-based residuals combusted in pulp and paper plants to fuel industrial processes.

Within the EU Finland is a leading user of renewable energy, together with Sweden and Austria – two countries where hydropower is the most widely exploited source of renewable energy.

Renewable Energy Trends in Finland – 2014 (pdf) (507.5 KB) – Updated November 20th 2014

Tabel 1. Finland’s renewable energy use by energy sources in 2008-2012.

1 PJ (petajoule) = 0.2778 TWh.
Figures: Statistical Yearbook of Finland 2012. Central Statistical Office of Finland.
Energy source

2008
PJ

2008
%

2010
PJ
2010
%

2012
PJ

2012
%

Black liquor and other concentrated liquors143,7
37,1
135,734,3135,8
31,3
Wood fuels of industry and energy production103,7
26,8
116,129,4130,7
30,1
Small combustion of wood (e.g. homes and saunas) 58,8
15,2
67,9
17,2
65,1
15,0
Hydro power60,9
15,7
45,9 11,660,0
13,8
Ambient-source heat pumps6,7
1,7
11,02,816,2
3,7
Bioliquids in traffic and space heating 3,5 0,9 7,8 2,0 11,8 2,7
Solid recovered fuels (organic fraction)5,9
1,5
6,1
1,5
8,1
1,9
Biogas1,9
0,5
1,7 0,42,4
0,6
Wind power0,9
0,2
1,1 0,31,8
0,4
Other bioenergy1,4
0,4
2,0
0,5
2,2
0,5
Solar energy0,0
0,0
0,1 0,00,1
0,0
Totals387,5
100,0
395,2 100,0434,1
100,0

In the series of transparencies "Energy Renewed" (please look at the left column), basic information is presented on how much various renewable energy sources are utilised and what kind of objectives have been set for their use.


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