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Energy Actions taken by the City of Vaasa

Vaasa actively promotes energy efficiency and adopts new energy generation, transmission and distribution technologies. Every decision made in the city takes emission reduction and energy efficiency into account, inbluding plans for infrastructure, building and traffic. Here are some examples of our unique expertise.
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Energy efficient public buildings

On average the schools in Vaasa are 17% and the day-care centres up to 23% more energy efficient than the Finnish average.

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Innovative energy solutions for new buildings

Once finished, Wasa Station will be a showcase of the region’s energy and construction technology know-how.

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Zero energy residential area

The residential area in Suvilahti generates more energy than it consumes: electricity generation is 120% and heat generation 160% compared to the calculated needs of the area.

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From coal to biomass

Thanks to the first large-scale biomass gasification plant in the world, situated in Vaskiluoto, up to 40% of the coal can be replaced with renewable biofuels. Carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by approximately 230,000 tonnes a year.

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Waste produces energy for the entire region

Westenergy’s modern waste incineration plant efficiently transforms the energy contained by unrecyclable waste to energy – safely and emission-free. Westenergy covers more than a third of the demand for district heat in Vaasa.

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Climate Act of the year 2012

Thanks to the Vaasa Energy Turnabout  project of Vaskiluodon Voima, Westenergy and Vaasan Sähkö, the carbon dioxide emissions in energy production are reduced by 425,000 tonnes annually, which translates as nearly one percent of the CO2 emissions produced in Finland. This achievement was awarded as the Climate Act of the year in 2012.

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Energy efficient public transport

The annual production of methane gas at the Stormossen biogas plant corresponds to 1,500,000 litres of diesel. The first methane gas station in Vaasa will be opened in the summer of 2016. To begin with, the fuel will cover the needs of the city’s 12 buses and approximately 1,000 private cars.

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Indoor and outdoor lighting

The reforms in lighting in Vaasa save a total of approximately 178,000 kilowatt hours. The carbon dioxide emissions decreased by approximately 53 tonnes a year, which corresponds to 350,000 kilometres driven by car.