The Responsible Business from Ashes -project raised 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 was 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 was 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 was developed 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 was 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 current ash production and utilization was mapped in the project. The operational model and the spatial data solution were piloted. The environmental impact of ash was also monitored at the pilot sites.

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Hanne Soininen
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
Head of Research Group
tel. +358 400 869952




1 September 2019 – 31 December 2022

Project partners

Lead partner: Tapio Oy

Partners: Suomen metsäkeskus, Xamk


Total budget: € 370 490

XAMK part of the total budget: € 161 957

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