This community investment creates an ecosystem of Finnish companies working on the development of new solutions for the remanufacturing industry, and Mirka’s journey towards a more sustainable business aligns with the project’s strategic ambitions.
In 2022, Mirka invested in fossil-free electricity generated by hydropower at all its production facilities in Finland, which are now run entirely on fossil-free electricity. This also led to a 56 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions within scope 1 and 2, and it installed solar panels on the production facility in Fino Mornasco in Lombardy, Italy, so the site is entirely powered by solar energy.
Its production facilities in Jakobstad, Finland were expanded with an energy solution based on geo-energy from geothermal holes, which means the site will reduce its annual carbon dioxide emissions by around 900 tonnes. It also invested in a purification and heat recovery system at its Oravais plant in Western Finland, transitioning from oil heating to recycled energy using the extra heat by the end of the year.
In addition, air transport has been reduced by 30 per cent, and further energy solutions have been phased across several sites, leading to 70 per cent renewable energy use in its production facilities.
Mirka’s CEO Stefan Sjöberg says, “Over many years, Mirka has made smart long-term investments to improve the sustainability of its operations. These investments helped us ride out the pandemic’s challenges, and our sustainability work has proved that sustainable operations benefit not only the environment but also companies in the long term.”
To read the full Mirka Sustainability Report click here.