The environmental balance sheet describes the costs, investments, responsibilities and income related to reducing environmental impacts.
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.
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.
1 000 €
|change %||2013 |
1 000 €
|Protection of air, soil and surface waters|
|Desulphurisation||2 919||-47||5 520|
|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
|Protection of soil and groundwater||46|
|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
|2 068||-6||2 200|
|Noice and vibration abatement||33||898||3|
|Improvement of eco-efficiency||1 502||1 167||118|
|Depreciation on environmental
|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 %|
|10 530||426||2 000|
|of all investments||11,8 %||3,4 %|