After Paris

– towards a low-emission future

 Sustainability assured 2016

 In November 2016, the Paris Climate Agreement was ratified – a landmark decision in the global journey towards a sustainable future. The agreement sets out a global action plan to limit the global temperature rise to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue a tougher target of 1.5°C.

The agreement is a global commitment to reduce emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Countries are required to contribute by implementing their own nationally determined climate actions. The Paris agreement also sends a powerful signal to the capital markets to support the development of a low emissions economy through their investment decisions.

Wärtsilä welcomes the agreement and considers it a remarkable achievement to have a truly global framework for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. We are well positioned to provide sustainable solutions for the energy and marine sectors, and can support countries in reaching their emission reduction goals.

Wärtsilä’s Smart Power Generation concept is entirely geared towards the integration of renewable energy sources, and is therefore an ideal platform on which to base the next generation of power supply systems. Wärtsilä has received several recent contracts, which increase the share of renewables within the energy mix, while decreasing emissions. These include Smart Power Generation plants in the USA, Honduras, Argentina, Germany, Jordan, Bangladesh, Mauritius, and Indonesia, as well as a biogas plant in Norway.

Integration benchmarks

Mainz-Wiesbaden, Germany

100 MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant

  • The plant consists of ten Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas, which can be started and stopped without limitations within just two minutes, thereby granting the flexibility to operate successfully when there is no solar or wind power available.
  • As part of its climate action plan, Germany has committed to increasing the share of electricity produced by CHP power plants to 25% of the total electricity production by 2025.
  • To meet this target, the renewed CHP Act favours flexible and environmentally-friendly CHP power plants that can operate in the balancing markets, while generating heat for the community.
  • Upon completion of the plant, the Mainz-Wiesbaden area will be undergoing a transition from a traditional power and heat generation system to a modern, agile, low-carbon system utilising green energy assets to the full.

CHP plants to account for
of Germany's electricity
production by 2025


46 MW solar PV addition to 250 MW Smart Power Generation

  • In 2017, a 46 MW solar PV park is planned for construction adjacent to an existing engine power plant.
  • The idea of the hybrid is to let the solar PV unit produce electricity in the daytime, which will reduce the use of the engines. This will cut the carbon footprint of the power plant substantially.


Saving fuel
during daylight hours

Skogn, Norway

Largest biogas plant in the Nordics

  • A new Wärtsilä plant will be installed at the paper mill in Skogn, Norway. The plant will convert the cleaned biogas from fishery waste and residual paper mill slurry into liquid fuel for buses.
  • The plant’s environmental benefits are enhanced by the fact that sulphur oxide (SOx) and particle emissions are virtually eliminated, while any released CO2 has zero environmental impact since it is part of the existing circulatory CO2.
  • Oslo currently has 200 buses and 100 waste collection trucks running on bio-based CNG. By 2020 the city expects to have 1,200 buses using the renewable fuel, as well as some 2,000 taxis and ferries operating in the local fjord.

Capacity of
25 tons
of liquid biogas per day

Southern Germany

Biohybrid production plant

  • The plant will include Wärtsilä’s unique liquefaction system, specially designed to clean and liquefy both biogas and pipeline gas streams.
  • The ability to clean both biogas and pipeline gas is new to the market and is ground-breaking in terms of flexibility and energy storage.
  • Both gas cleaning and liquefaction are cost-and energy efficient, making profitable projects possible even for smaller gas streams. This is especially important within the European Union, where the target is to have 10 per cent of fuel produced from renewable sources by 2020.

Share of fuel produced
from renewable sources
by 2020


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