This month, our community has been supporting a biomass project in Kostroma, Russia. This project has enabled a wood processing factory to switch make the switch to biomass power from fossil fuels.
In the past, the wood waste generated by the factory was disposed of in a nearby landfill, producing methane gas – a much stronger greenhouse than CO2.
This project was initiated to reduce the use of fossil fuels by generating energy from biomass. The wood waste that was dumped in landfills prior to the project is now used to create energy in a central generator.
Today, 385,000 tonnes of waste wood from the factory and 190,000 tonnes of biomass from other sources are processed annually.
This project combines renewable energy generation with a holistic waste disposal concept and FSC-certified sustainable forest management – ensuring a sustainable production chain.
Project Impacts & Benefits:
Social and economic benefits:
- The transfer of new technologies and expertise has created many specialised jobs, which benefits the whole region
- KronoStar complies with the guidelines of holistic quality management according to the ISO 9001 standard
- Occupational health and safety is ensured by fulfilling the criteria of the OHSAS18001 standard
- By no longer disposing of biomass in uncontrolled landfills, high methane emissions are avoided. This additional climate protection is not taken into account in the certificates, as it is difficult to calculate
- The use of biomass from sources outside of the factory has sustainably improved the waste concept of the entire region
- The FSC label helps to spread sustainable forest management throughout the region
- The project makes use of the latest technologies, such as by installing a plasma catalytic filter, which cleans the gaseous emissions from the factory. The environmental impact of formaldehyde (a pollutant found in binding agents, for example) has also been minimised
- The ecological production method is rounded off by a closed water circuit in production, combined with a modern waste water treatment plant.