Circular economy

Circular economy

Challenges for fast growing metropolitan areas and growth centres include not only the management of emissions, but also growth in waste volumes. Reliable waste management and resource efficiency are important in a sustainable society.

Waste received from customers

Fortum’s aim is to promote resource efficiency, for example, through its recycling and waste business, and the transition towards a more extensive circular economy. By circular economy, we mean that materials are utilised as efficiently as possible and hazardous materials are removed from circulation. The aim is to make new raw material from waste whenever possible and to keep valuable materials in circulation.

We offer solutions to treat hazardous waste. We take hazardous waste out of circulation in a sustainable manner and we clean the hazardous substances from materials that end up in recycling. At the same time, we produce energy and ensure the safe final disposal of waste.

 

Received and treated waste from customers in 2020

Waste and by-products from our energy production

Ash is a by-product generated in the incineration of solid fuels in power and heat production. Gypsum and other desulphurisation products are by-products of flue-gas desulphurisation. Ash and desulphurisation products together account for the majority share of the by-products and waste from our energy production.

Radioactive waste

In addition to the standard industrial waste also radioactive waste is generated at the nuclear power plants in Finland, Loviisa and Oskarshamn, Sweden, which we handle according to the local nuclear energy legislation requirements.

Sustainability report

Sustainability 2020

Sustainability report

Case: EV battery recycling

Nuclear waste management

Case: Responsible final disposal of nuclear waste