Reduced environmental impact
Elenia Oy and Elenia Lämpö Oy have clear and systematic environmental management systems. Elenia has an ISO 14001 system that is audited internally and externally on a regular basis. In addition, Elenia requires its partners to have environmental management systems that support its environmental work and are in line with the ISO 14001 standard.
Many environmental aspects are related to Elenia’s operations. The most significant aspects include land use, soil and water protection, waste management, biodiversity, emission control and material and energy efficiency. Environmental matters are integral to Elenia’s corporate culture, and its operations are based on continuous improvement. The goal is to reduce the environmental effects of all operations and lead the way in environmental management in the industry.
Electricity distribution business and the environment in 2013
- We continued to facilitate our customers’ energy efficiency. Our customers can monitor their hourly electricity consumption on the Elenia website at www.elenia.fi or the Elenia Mukana mobile service. The service shows how the electricity bill total is divided between electricity, distribution and taxes.
- We made our operations more energy-efficient by reducing the energy consumption of our facilities and electronic equipment.
- Electronic signatures were increasingly used in connection and land use contracts.
- We continued to promote biodiversity in our power line corridors by participating in the Luoto Island project in Nokia, a joint project of agricultural association of ProAgria Centre, Fingrid and the city of Nokia.
- The protection work of swans continued in cooperation with BirdLife Finland.
- Project specific studies increased the consideration of environmental aspects in construction projects.
- Negotiations between Elenia and Finland's National Board of Antiquities were arranged concerning how to take the material, cultural heritage and the cultural environment into account in cabling projects as well as how to ensure the fluidity in the acquisition of permits.
- In cooperation with an environmental consultant we carried out a study the operational environment of the water economy projects and developed our procedures to streamline the permit process.
- Continuous improvement included a solid recycling system and process of electricity network materials.
- We increased collaboration with the authorities on the contaminated land areas by updating plans and having them approved.
- We launched a project to address environmental incidents from fault repairs in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act.
- Employees’ environmental knowledge was improved by induction.
Heating business and the environment in 2013
- We continued to reduce the use of fossil fuels. At the same time, we increased the share of biofuels by further developing the production structure of the Vanaja power plant and increasing the share of bio-based purchased heat in Oulainen and other locations, for example.
- New customers who abandoned oil heating were connected to district heating.
- Energy efficiency was improved through several regional measures, including the acquisition of a flue gas scrubber for the Lammi thermal power plant in order to increase efficiency and reduce particulate emissions.
- We continued our chemical management development project by commissioning a bachelor’s thesis, among other measures. Unnecessary chemicals were removed from points of use, and new titles were added to the monitoring system. The methods of use and risk assessments of the chemicals in the management system were clarified.
- We changed our provider of external audits of certified systems through a bidding process. Based on an audit performed by the new partner, we will continue to develop our systems.
- We improved our employees’ and external stakeholders’ environmental knowledge by providing environmental and safety training and increasing communication about the environment.