Every year, Moelven’s production entities in Sweden are responsible for energy consumption corresponding to that of 22,600 detached homes. But what is all this energy used for?
“By achieving improved control of how we use energy in our operations, we can prevent unplanned outages, improve the quality of what we do and, of course, minimise energy consumption,” says Peter Rockedahl, Technical Director of the Timber Division.
It will take extensive work to achieve such control. This work has already been ongoing for several years and Moelven is now preparing for stage two.
Four years of surveying
In 2017, work began on surveying energy consumption in Moelven’s Swedish operations. This work has now been ongoing for four years and was a consequence of the act on energy surveying in large companies that entered into force in 2014.
“In the first instance we have focused on determining how energy is used today so that we could draw up proposals for cost-effective measures,”
says Peter Rockedahl, Technical Director of the Timber Division.
Going forward, the work will focus on an assessment of which companies it would be appropriate to initiate the first measures at.
“We were, among other things, able to identify that four of the 20 companies we have in Sweden accounted for 60 per cent of energy consumption and all four of these are sawmills. This knowledge has enabled each company to start working on measures to minimise their energy consumption,” says Peter.
Digital solutions - an important key
Many measures have been proposed to save energy but there is one area in which there is a lot of investment, namely digital solutions.
“Besides succeeding in identifying unnecessary energy consumption, there is also a goal to eventually be able to link every single plank to an energy declaration,” Peter says.
“Now is the time to adopt digital aids to gain control of energy consumption at every step of the production process. And we have already started implementing this type of digital solution at Moelven Valåsen in Karlskoga,” Peter explains.
The goal is to save ten per cent of specific energy consumption for produced goods, calculated from the base year of 2017.
Moelven and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
To ensure that our work on sustainability has clear direction and a global perspective, we have chosen to connect our four main areas to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The article you’re now reading is linked to “Safeguarding natural resources” and sustainability goal #13 Climate action.Read more about what the different goals mean to us here