Environmental balance sheet
The environmental balance sheet describes the costs, investments, responsibilities and income related to reducing environmental impacts.
INVESTMENTS IN EMISSIONS REDUCTION AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
The environmental investments of Helen Ltd more than doubled from the previous year’s EUR 10.5 million to EUR 24.4 million. About one-third of all investments were environmental investments.
The biggest investments during the year were related to the reduction of nitrogen oxides at Hanasaari and Salmisaari (EUR 11.3 million), the building of pellet systems (EUR 5.7 million) and emissions reduction in separate heat production (EUR 4.0 million).
ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS FELL
Environmental costs fell slightly on the previous year, standing at EUR 16.6 million. Environmental costs accounted for 2.9% of total costs (3.5%).
Flue gas cleaning (EUR 4.7 million) and waste management and utilisation and final disposal of by-products (EUR 3.0 million) accounted for the greatest environmental costs. The costs of by-products fell because the production of ash that required processing was down.
Environmental income grew to EUR 0.8 million. The income mainly came from the sale of emission-reducing solutions, grants received for research and development activities and the sales of scrap.
The environmental balance sheet
1 000 €
|change %||2014 |
1 000 €
|Protection of air, soil and surface waters|
|Removal of particles||346||20||288|
|Waste management and utilisation of combustion product||1,947||-36||3,050|
|Other waste management||1,021||-34||1,538|
|Monitoring of emissions and environmental impacts||89||-50||179|
|Protection of soil and groundwater||32||-30||46|
|Environmental communication and marketing||595||2||581|
|Environmental management and training||1,358||-25||1,806|
Environmental protection research and development
|Noice and vibration abatement||-||33|
|Improvement of eco-efficiency||574||-62||1,502|
Depreciation on environmental protection investments
ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS IN ALL
|% of turnover||2,6%||2,7%|
|% of all expenses||2,9%||3,5%|
|% of all investments||32,9%||11,8%|