ABB achieves carbon-neutral operations in Finland factory Porvoo

ABB achieves carbon-neutral operations in Finland factory Porvoo

  • Using sustainable alternatives in product manufacturing, and utilizing 100 percent renewable energy
  • CO2 emissions reduced by 636 tons in first year
  • Latest milestone reached in ABB’s ongoing Mission to Zero™ program, to realize carbon neutral operations globally and offer customers a blueprint

ABB has achieved carbon neutral operations at its factory in Porvoo, Finland, reducing CO2 emissions by 636 tons in its first year. This saving is equivalent to driving 112 times the length of the equator or warming an electric sauna every day for 373 years. By combining digital solutions, electrification, and renewable technologies the Porvoo factory has taken an important step towards a more sustainable value chain.

The 6,600 square meter site producing wiring accessories and installation materials for the smart buildings market in the Nordics now utilizes 100 percent renewable energy. By using recycled plastic as a raw material the carbon footprint has been reduced by a further 106 tons a year. On-site electric vehicle (EV) charging for employees and visitors are also charged with renewable energy.

With no use of fossil fuels at all, Porvoo becomes the latest ABB facility worldwide to achieve carbon neutral operations to-date using state-of-the-art technologies from ABB and its partners, through the ongoing Mission to Zero™ program. Mission to Zero provides the blueprint for ABB’s journey to carbon neutrality, both for its own sites and those of its customers. As well as helping global emission targets, the program helps to assure better air quality and biodiversity in communities.

“With one-fifth of the world’s carbon emissions coming from the manufacturing and production sectors1, digitalization of buildings through connected technologies and building automation has a key role to play in helping to manage grid reliability, power consumption and operational costs,” said Marko Utriainen, ABB Local Product Group Manager, Finland at ABB Electrification’s Smart Buildings division. “Accurate information is vital to sustainability initiatives, so our ABB BE Sustainable with Active Energy solution that tracks utilities in real-time and analyzes usage and emissions levels, was installed to help the facility manager understand the carbon footprint of the site and manage energy consumption, emissions and costs.”

The Porvoo site recycles energy from its factory production, featuring both a geothermal system and solar technology to utilize heat from air compressors and heat recovery from the cooling networks serving the plastic machinery. This is achieved by installing rotary screw compressor that extract the heat that would otherwise dissipate into the atmosphere. Retrofitting the facility at Porvoo enabled it to decrease its total energy consumption by 21% using heat recuperation from production, seasonal thermal energy storage, a heat pump and free-standing solar photo voltaic technologies.


As part of its Sustainability strategy 2030 ABB is partnering with its customers and suppliers to reduce their emissions and achieve carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2030 with the company’s leading technologies. In the past year, ABB made strong progress towards its carbon neutrality target reducing its CO2 emissions by 39 percent, compared with the baseline year of 2019. ABB has committed to electrifying its entire vehicle fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles and sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. In 2021, 44 percent of ABB’s global new vehicle orders were already for either electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid vehicles. The share of certified green and self-generated solar electricity increased to 51 percent, up from 31 percent in the previous year. More than 100 energy-efficiency projects were implemented across ABB, saving 17.5 GWh of energy.


About ABB

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation, and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.

About ABB Electrification 

Electrifying the world in a safe, smart and sustainable way, ABB Electrification is a global technology leader in electrical distribution and management from source to socket. As the world’s demand for electricity grows, our 50,000+ employees across 100 countries collaborate with customers and partners to transform how people connect, live and work. We develop innovative products, solutions and digital technologies that enable energy efficiency and a low carbon society across all sectors. By applying global scale with local expertise, we shape and support global trends, deliver excellence for customers and power a sustainable future for society.


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