The Responsible Business from Ashes -project will raise awareness among operators about the potential for ash recovery and improve business conditions

The ash recovery potential of CHP plants has not been fully exploited. Further, some of the ash ends up in landfills, causing additional costs for ash producers. Finland produces about 1.3 million tonnes of ash annually. The aim of the project is to utilize the various ash fractions of thermal and power plants in a cost-effective way and to achieve the best possible added value from the ash.

In the project  a model that will will be developed enable the ash producer to separate the different ash fractions and to find the best possible users of the different ash fractions, in order to maximize the added value of the ash and minimize the amount of ash going to landfill. The business model develops a spatial data solution for describing ash producers, terminals and recovery locations. This can be used for profitability reviews, as well as for traceability of ash use, business planning and monitoring.

The ash recovery potential will be enhanced by developing ash-related business advice and conducting an analysis of the current status of ash-producing companies in the context of business advice. The project will map current ash production and utilization. The operational model and the spatial data solution are piloted. The environmental impact of ash is also monitored at the pilot sites.

More info


Riina Tuominen
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
Project Manager
tel. +358 40 637 1482

Tommi Tenhola
Tapio Oy
expert in environmental economics
tel. +358 400 981 652

Marko Ämmälä
Suomen metsäkeskus
business services expert
tel. +358 29 432 4714



01.09.2019 - 31.12.2021


Administrator: Tapio Oy

Partial implementers: Suomen metsäkeskus, Xamk

Fields of expertise: Forest, the environment and energy


Total budget: 370 490 €

XAMK part of the total budget: 136 957 €

Financiers and main source of funding: Häme Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

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