Decentralized Biogas Production Ecosystem in Northern Lapland

Project information:

Official name of the project: Decentralized Biogas Production Ecosystem in Northern Lapland

Duration of the project: 1.4.2024 - 30.11.2025

Project coordinator: VUAS

Project partners: Lapland UAS

Funding: JTF, Lapin Jätehuolto kuntayhtymä (Lapeco), Inergia Lämpö Oy

Budget: 159 760 €

Contact person in VAMK:

Johanna Nysten, Senior Lecturer (School of Technology)


RDI Platform:  Smart Industry

Language: Finnish

Project description

The project “Decentralised biogas production in Lapland” focuses on the development and implementation of innovative and decentralised biogas production methods in Lapland. The project is based on the global drive for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, which has made many previously unviable investments attractive and economically feasible. This project will use the latest technologies and innovations to enable the profitable and efficient use of decentralised forms of energy production.


The main objective of the project is to identify and develop technological and economic prerequisites and solutions for creating a decentralised biogas production ecosystem in Lapland. This ecosystem covers the municipalities of Enontekiö, Inari, Kittilä, Muonio, Pelkosenniemi, Salla, Savukoski, Sodankylä and Kemijärvi. The project builds on the results of previous research and development projects, such as the ERDF-funded “Biogas production, an essential part of Lapland’s low-carbon and circular economy” project managed by the Lapland Regional Council. The project “Definition and piloting of a decentralised and sustainable green economy model” carried out by ProAgria Lapland and Luke, and the project “Energy self-sufficient region” funded by the University of Vaasa and others from the Rural Development Fund of Mainland Finland have also been important background factors.

A particular feature of this project is its wider geographical coverage and diversity. It includes a biomethane liquefaction plant, a mixed incineration plant for combustible waste, carbon dioxide recovery and synthetic methane production. The aim of this project is to create a replicable model that can be applied in other regions.


The concrete results of the project will demonstrate the potential of decentralised biogas production in Lapland and provide clear technological and economic solutions for its implementation. This will improve energy self-sufficiency in the region, reduce dependence on fossil fuels and promote sustainable development and the circular economy. Ultimately, the project will contribute to the economic and environmental sustainability of the Lapland region, while creating new business opportunities and jobs.

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