Our long-term goal is climate-neutral energy production.
Reduction of environmental impacts is an important part of our activities. Climate change mitigation plays a significant role in the planning of our future energy solutions and in our future investments, while the reduction of other environmental impacts is part of our daily routines and development of operations.
Climate-neutral energy is one of the focus areas of our operations. Climate-neutral energy production means production that does not increase the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
A major climate challenge of a global scale cannot be resolved with an individual technology or deed, but several methods and everyone's input are needed to mitigate climate change. Especially the role of city residents and customers is growing.
Helen's five solutions for a climate-neutral energy future
The role of citizens is growing.
The residents also become energy producers with the increase of solar and electricity storage solutions and various hybrid heating systems.
In 2018 we launched several new services for both companies and households, e.g. a producer package combining solar panels and an electricity storage facility, and an open district heat service that enables a two-way district heat market.
Excess heat is recovered more efficiently.
In the future, energy is not wasted, but it is recycled as far as possible.
In 2018, we completed the Esplanade heating and cooling plant, which is used for recycling and reusing the surplus heat of our customers. We also decided to expand the Katri Vala heating and cooling plant.
Flexibility is needed.
As a result of the significant increase of intermittent solar and wind power in the electricity market, various flexibilities in both the production and use of energy are needed.
In 2018, we made a decision on building a large heat storage facility and carried out a research and development project related to heat demand response.
Moving from fossil fuels to X economy via bioeconomy.
Bioeconomy is an intermediate stage in the process of moving from fossil fuels to climate-neutral production.
The Salmisaari pellet-fired heating plant was completed in 2018. We also investigated numerous different options to replace fossil fuels.
Research, development, education and innovations are invested in.
We are involved in several research projects and trials.
In 2018, we carried on cooperation in various communities for growth companies and took part in several development projects, such as mySMARTlife, SysFlex and FlexCHX.