Environmental performance indicators
EN3 Direct energy consumption
Lemminkäinen uses non-renewable energy sources as our direct energy sources. The company's direct energy consumption is based on consolidated Group purchases.
EN4 Indirect energy consumption
Our indirect energy consumption is based on consolidated Group purchases for 2014.
EN8 Total water withdrawal by source
During the reporting year, Lemminkäinen used an estimated 70,000 m3 (60,000*) of water in the production facilities of the paving and mineral aggregates operations.
The company uses some water for dust suppression and for drilling in rock engineering. Whenever possible, construction sites also use 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.
* The figure has been revised.
EN14 Managing impacts on biodiversity
Lemminkäinen’s mineral aggregates and paving operations require permits. At Lemminkäinen, these permits are coordinated by a separate team that supports production.
In 2014, Lemminkäinen’s operations in Finland were granted 15 new mineral aggregates permits, 22 environmental permits and 5 registrations of asphalt plants. In Finland, Lemminkäinen has a total of 385 mineral aggregates and environmental permits. The figure includes the registrations of asphalt plants.
The Environmental Protection Act defines those projects that also require a separate environmental impact assessment (EIA). The company did not launch any EIA projects during the reporting year.
Lemminkäinen conducts its 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 monitors the impact its operations have on the environment. To the company’s knowledge, no serious environmental incidents occurred in 2014. At the company’s mineral aggregate area in Karkkila, an oil spill occurred in connection with an equipment breakdown. The surroundings have been cleaned of the traces of the incident in cooperation with authorities.
Lemminkäinen is a member of Corporate Responsibility Network FIBS. In 2014, the company participated in FIBS’ Business & Biodiversity programme. The programme offered information about best business practices concerning biodiversity as well as tools for biodiversity management and for the determination of Lemminkäinen’s role and responsibilities as a provider and user of ecosystem services.
EN16 Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions
Lemminkäinen continually seeks to reduce emissions from its production facilities. The company aims to employ the industry’s best available technology, such as filters, which reduce the volume of rock dust, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide 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 solutions and services.
EN28 Significant fines and sanctions for non-compliance with environmental regulations
Lemminkäinen received no significant fines or sanctions in 2014.
In autumn 2013, the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Uusimaa, that is to say the authority controlling the environmental permit of Lemminkäinen’s asphalt plant in Sammonmäki, Tuusula, Finland, submitted a request to the National Bureau of Investigation, asking it to launch an investigation with regard to the terms and conditions of the environmental permit of the asphalt plant. In December 2014, the investigation request led to charges for an environmental offence against Lemminkäinen and two of its employees. The hearing of the case will continue in 2015.
EN29 Environmental impacts of transportation
Lemminkäinen is striving to optimise transportation and ensure its efficiency. The company utilises systems that enable it to reduce unnecessary driving, and the company pays attention to idling.
To reduce business travel, Lemminkäinen uses videoconferencing. Emissions caused by business trips in 2014 were reported as part of our head office’s Green Office reporting. They account for an estimated 1–2% of the total emissions caused by Lemminkäinen’s operations in Finland.
The carbon dioxide emissions limit for company vehicles is 150 g/km.
EN30 Total environmental protection expenditures and investments
Lemminkäinen made environmental investments of approximately EUR 1 million (1). Investments were mainly associated with equipment and machinery purchases for the production of recycled asphalt and low-temperature asphalt, for example.