Boiler plant on wood residues in Suojärvi municipality

The newly installed boiler plant in Suojärvi town in Republic of Karelia suppose to work on biofuels in form of forest chips, however the lobbyist are in favour of fossil fuels (e.g. coal), at the same time the new investors oriented on renewable sources

Ongoing conflict? yes
Conflict type Bioenergy governance conflicts
Resources logging residues, solid wood
Issues 1 economical, 2 ecological, 3 social, 4 cultural
Keywords boiler, biofuel vs biomass, lobbying, coal
Start date 2013
End date
Reason(s) for conflict new boilers is to be installed on competitive faw material - wood chips in comparison with traditional use of coal
Intensity public debate
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests Authorities are lobbying the fossil fuels, while investor company is interested to use more competitive wood chips
Barriers for dialogue High lobbying power of local authority on using of coal instead of wood chips
Forums for dialogue Dialog between conflicting sides with provision of additional evidences from intestor company on additional value of renewable raw materials to be used
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation Bringing the parties to roundtable and joint discussion