Public open evening on environmental impacts of Tattarisuo bioenergy heating plant on Tuesday 27 November 2018

Helen is investigating the possibility of constructing a bioenergy heating plant in Tattarisuo, Helsinki. In November, the Uusimaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) is organising a public open evening to disseminate the results of the environmental impact assessment.

Helen is preparing to discontinue the use of coal by 2029, in accordance with Government policy. The quickest way to replace coal is biomass, which is why the construction of new bioenergy heating plants in Helsinki is under investigation. The aim is to reduce carbon emissions from Helsinki's energy production and to increase the use of renewable energy.

Throughout 2018, the planned Tattarisuo bioenergy heating plant has been the subject of a statutory Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), estimating the effects of a bioenergy heating plant on the environment and people. The EIA report on the assessment results has been completed, and the Uusimaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY), in its capacity of the project authority, is organising a public event on the subject

on Tuesday 27 November 2018 at Puistola Comprehensive School (Koudantie 2) at 17.00 - 20.00.

The EIA meeting is open to all, and no prior booking or notice is necessary. The event is an opportunity of examining the results on the display stands and talking to the assessment authors and representatives from Helen Ltd. You can turn up any time between 17.00 and 20.00 to browse the stands.

The EIA report is available to view 16 November 2018 – 11 January 2019 at the following locations:
Malmi Library, Puistola Library and online at www.ymparisto.fi/tattarisuonlampokeskusYVA

Comments and statements on the EIA report may be submitted in writing to the Uusimaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) by 11 January 2019.

Helen aims to replace coal in energy production

Helen is planning the construction of new bioenergy heating plants in Helsinki. The plans concern areas in Vuosaari, Patola and Tattarisuo. The bioenergy heating plants will replace coal usage and ensure sufficient availability of district heating.

The planned heating plants will generate renewable district heat and replace coal in district heat production. The heating plants will use biofuels obtained from sustainable sources, such as pellets and forest chips.

Helen's ultimate goal is climate-neutral energy production. Helen is currently investing in renewable, more distributed city energy, and the bioenergy heating plants are part of a sizeable investment programme.

Further information on the Tattarisuo plans, EIA process, and questions and answers on the topic at helen.fi/tattarisuo.

Facts:

- Helen is preparing to discontinue the use of coal by 2029, in accordance with Government policy.
- The quickest way of replacing coal is biomass, which is why Helen is planning new bioenergy heating plants in Helsinki, to be implemented in stages.-
- As well as Tattarisuo, there are plans for areas in Vuosaari and Patola.
- The plan for Tattarisuo is for a forest chip heating plant with district heat output of 130 MW. As well as forest chips, the possibility of utilising recycled fuels is also under investigation.
- Helen demands responsibility from its contract suppliers of both biomass and other fuels.
- Helen's target is 100% sustainable biomass. The wood fuels we purchase are either sustainability-certified (e.g. PEFC, FSC or SBP) or from otherwise controlled sources.

Published: 12.11.2018 08:29

Seija Uusitalo
Team manager, communications
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