The environmental balance sheet describes the costs, investments, responsibilities and income related to reducing environmental impacts. 

ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS FELL

Helsingin Energia’s environmental costs fell slightly on the previous year, standing at almost EUR 19 million. Environmental costs accounted for 3.5% of total costs (3.4%).

Flue gas cleaning (EUR 3.7 million) and waste management and utilisation of by-products (EUR 4.6 million) accounted for the greatest environmental costs. Desulphurisation costs were down because the power plants needed fewer fault repairs than in the previous years. The rise in other waste management costs is due to the modification works carried out at the power plants, such as the modernisation of the Salmisaari plant.

The increase in eco-efficiency and environmental management costs is due to the plans and measures related to increased use of renewable energy. The costs of energy-saving advisory services fell from 2013 when the upgrade of the Energy Gallery pushed expenses up.

INVESTMENTS IN EMISSIONS REDUCTION AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

Environmental investments increased considerably from the previous year’s EUR 2 million to EUR 10.5 million in 2014. The biggest environmental investments during the year were related to the modernisation of the turbine at Vuosaari B power plant (EUR 3.6 million), the reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions especially in Salmisaari (EUR 3.1 million) and the start of pellet combustion (EUR 2.7 million).

Environmental income fell to EUR 0.6 million. The income mainly consisted of grants received for research and development activities and from the sales of scrap.

 

 2014 
1 000 €
change %2013 
1 000 €

ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS

     
Protection of air, soil and surface waters      
   Desulphurisation 2 919  -47  5 520 
   Denitrification 533  -7  572 
   Removal of particles 288  -14  335 
   Waste management and
   utilisation of combustion product
3 050  -11  3 421
   Other waste management 1 538  106 746 
   Monitoring of emissions and
   environmental impacts
179  -51 362 
   Protection of soil and groundwater 46    
INTERACTION      
   Energy-saving advice 1 036  -38  1 658 
   Environmental communication and marketing 581 -7 623
Environmental management and training 1 806  32 1 366 
Environmental protection research and
development
2 068  -6  2 200
Noice and vibration abatement 33  898  3
Improvement of eco-efficiency 1 502  1 167  118 
Depreciation on environmental
protection investments
3 253  13  2 870 

ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS IN ALL

18 832  -5  19 795
   of turnover 2,7 %    2,7 % 
   of all expenses 3,5 %    3,4 % 

ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTMENTS

10 530  426  2 000 
   of all investments 11,8 %    3,4 % 

ENVIRONMENTAL REVENUE

587  -25 768 
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