Environmental performance Indicators
EN3 Direct energy consumption
Lemminkäinen uses non-renewable energy sources as its direct energy sources.
EN4 Indirect energy consumption
Our indirect energy consumption is based on consolidated Group purchases for 2013.
EN8 Total water withdrawal by source
During the reporting year, Lemminkäinen used an estimated 294,000 m3 (155,000) of water in the production facilities of the paving and mineral aggregates operations. The company use some water for dust suppression and for drilling in rock engineering. Whenever possible, Lemminkäinen's construction sites use also surface water. The reporting is based on estimated usage.
Lemminkäinen's business operations do not currently employ any processes that consume high volumes of water.
EN14 Managing impacts on biodiversity
Lemminkäinen's mineral aggregates and paving operations in Finland require permits. At Lemminkäinen, these permits are coordinated by a separate team that supports production. In Finland, Lemminkäinen has a total of 306 permits, including mineral aggregates and environmental permits as well as registrations of asphalt plants.
In 2013, Lemminkäinen was granted 41 new permits for our operations. The Environmental Protection Act defines those projects that also require a separate environmental impact assessment (EIA). Lemminkäinen did not launch any EIA projects during the reporting year. The EIA procedures and careful planning helps Lemminkäinen to safeguard biodiversity.
Lemminkäinen conducts our own environmental risk assessment for projects that do not legally require an environmental permit. These assessments seek to predict any detrimental environmental impact, enabling the company to target the necessary precautions correctly.
Lemminkäinen continually monitor the impact its operations have on the environment. To the company's knowledge, no serious environmental incidents occurred in 2013. At Lemminkäinen's site in Forssa, an oil spill occurred in connection with refuelling. The surroundings have been cleaned of the traces of the incident in cooperation with authorities.
EN16 Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions
Lemminkäinen continually seeks to reduce airborne emissions from its production facilities. Lemminkäinen aims to employ the industry’s best available technology, such as chimney filters, which reduce the volume of rock dust, sulphur and nitrogen dioxide released into the air.
EN22 Total amount of waste by type and disposal method
EN26 Mitigating environmental impacts of products and services
Read more about the environmental impacts of Lemminkäinen's products and services.
EN28 Significant fines and sanctions for non-compliance with environmental regulations
Lemminkäinen received no significant fines or sanctions in 2013.
In autumn 2013, the National Bureau of Investigation launched an investigation with regard to the terms and conditions of the environmental permit of Lemminkäinen’s asphalt plants in Sammonmäki. Lemminkäinen is cooperating with the authorities in this matter.
EN29 Environmental impacts of transportation
Lemminkäinen is continually striving to optimise transportation and ensure its efficiency. Lemminkäinen utilises systems that enable the company to reduce unnecessary driving and pay attention to idling.
Lemminkäinen uses videoconferencing to reduce business travel. Emissions caused by business trips are reported as part of our head office’s Green Office reporting. They account for an estimated 1–2 per cent of the total emissions caused by Lemminkäinen's operations in Finland.
The emissions limit for company vehicles is 150g CO2/km.
EN30 Total environmental protection expenditures and investments
Lemminkäinen made environmental investments of approximately EUR 1 million. They were associated with the operational improvements at our production facilities.