The reduction of environmental impacts covers all operations
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 issues 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 2014
- We continued to facilitate our customers’ energy efficiency. They can monitor their hourly electricity consumption on the Elenia website at www.elenia.fi or the Elenia Mukana mobile service. The service shows how their electricity bill total is divided between electricity, transfer and taxes. Several improvements were made to the Elenia Mukana application during the year, including a banner for displaying information on disruptions due to maintenance, the option of attaching a photo from the gallery to a fault report, and other features that make using the application easier.
- We made our operations more energy-efficient by reducing the energy consumption of our facilities and electronic equipment. Investments in primary substations, for instance, had a positive impact on the company’s own energy efficiency.
- Customers were actively offered e-invoicing, an environmentally friendly invoicing option, through various campaigns.
- The use of electronic signatures increased, and continues to increase, in connection and land use contracts.
- Biodiversity was promoted in the transmission line area as part of the Luoto Island project in Nokia, a joint project of Elenia, the agricultural association ProAgria Centre, Fingrid and the city of Nokia.
- The protection of swans continued in cooperation with BirdLife Finland. Coloured spheres to prevent bird collisions were installed in the electricity network in various locations that were considered to pose a risk to swans. Tips were received from customers during the year on locations were warning spheres are needed.
- In electricity network investments, environmental reports increased the consideration of environmental perspectives in construction projects.
- Our cooperation with the National Board of Antiquities and provincial museums progressed with a focus on the protection of relics and traditional biotopes in network investments.
- Continuous improvement and development efforts included a solid recycling system and process of electricity network materials.
- Cooperation with the authorities was continued in the restoration of contaminated land areas.
- The project to manage environmental damage in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act progressed according to plan and is in use. Development work on the process is ongoing.
- The orientation training of employees continued and, by the end of the year, the majority of the personnel had received orientation training on the new training materials. In addition, an employee environmental campaign was organised late in the year to encourage employees to consider even small environmental actions and to promote awareness of environmental matters big or small.
Heating business and the environment in 2014
Elenia has a clear approach to reducing environmental impact and improving the energy efficiency of production operations. The use of domestic fuels has been gradually increased, which remains a goal going forward. For example, the company has completely discontinued the use of coal, and the percentage of biofuels in production exceeded 60%, while the share of domestic fuels exceeded 80%.
- The use of fossil fuels was reduced further in 2014. At the same time, the share of biofuels was increased by measures including the construction of a new biofuel heating plant in Turenki, which partially replaces the use of natural gas in Janakkala. In Jyväskylä’s Puuppola district, the heavy fuel oil boiler in the Kolu heating plant was replaced with a new one-megawatt pellet boiler. One of the plant’s old heavy fuel oil boilers was left as a reserve boiler, but the plant’s fuel was replaced in conjunction with the project by light fuel oil that produces lower emissions.
- At the Toijala heating plant in Akaa, investments were made in a flue gas scrubber and a heat pump that enabled an increase of approximately 10 per cent to the heating plant’s efficiency at the annual level. The flue gas scrubber also reduces the plant’s particle emissions.
- Energy efficiency was improved by several regional measures, such as a network simulation implemented in Oulainen to optimise production methods and thereby reduce oil consumption.
- In 2014, Elenia Lämpö Oy offered its new customers the opportunity to carry out an on-site energy survey. The cost of the energy surveys was covered by Elenia Lämpö, and the surveys were carried out by Skapat Energia Oy, which also made recommendations on measures to be taken based on the survey. The aim of the energy surveys was to identify sources of excessive energy consumption, improve energy efficiency, and achieve savings.
- A new fuel silo and transporter were acquired for the Laukaa plant, which allows the two solid fuel boilers at the plant to be run separately for greater flexibility going forward. The investment also included alterations to the plant’s fuel yard as well as improvements to fire safety. The upgrades enhanced and secured the plant area’s fuel logistics and optimised and secured its district heating production. The new fuel silo enables the use of renewable wood-based fuel fractions that are more suitable to various boiler types, which further improves the efficiency of combustion processes and thereby also reduces airborne emissions. In addition, the new higher walls around the fuel yard improve the overall appearance of the plant area and more effectively prevent the spread of fuel into the surrounding environment.
- New customers who abandoned oil heating were connected to district heating.
- We improved our employees’ and external stakeholders’ environmental awareness by providing environmental and safety training and by communicating environmental issues both externally and internally using various communication channels.