Our approach to sustainability
Fighting climate change
Our aim is to help create a world that runs entirely on renewable energy, and we want to do it in a sustainable way.
Our core business is dedicated to solving one of Earth’s most crucial and complex challenges, climate change. Our mission is to own and operate one of the largest renewable energy fleets in Finland.
We stand at the forefront of the energy transformation with our valued customers and partners by supplying sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy.
Our project development and construction are dedicated to working in a way that causes minimal disturbance to the environment.
Wind power has the lowest emissions
According to a study carried out by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), wind power’s total life cycle emissions are only 7 g CO2/kWh.
Due to modern technology, wind power is also proven to be the most cost-efficient way to produce electricity.
Wind turbines produce energy with virtually no emissions. However, there are environmental impacts associated with their manufacture, installation, and end of life. The energy payback period for 2MW wind turbines is around 5 to 8 months in studies.
Building new, additional wind power also reduces the overall CO2 emissions of energy production by replacing fossil fuels from the market
Recycling and circular economy
In addition to achieving carbon neutrality, we need circular economy solutions.
The life cycle of a wind turbine consists of its manufacturing, transport and installation, operation and maintenance, and end-of-life operations, i.e., its decommissioning, recycling, and disposal.
Wind turbines and their components are mostly recyclable. With current methods, more than 90 percent or even the entire wind turbine can be recycled, depending on the manufacturer. The large metal components in a wind turbine are currently made of steel, copper, and aluminum and can be almost completely recycled. The recycling rate of metal components (steel, copper, aluminum) is already very high, usually nearly 100 percent.
The wind turbine blades are made of fiberglass. Ilmatar Energy is committed to recycling the wind turbine blades with the help of technology from Stena Recycling Finland. The recycling technology allows fiberglass to be reused in the cement industry.
Energy from a new, constructed wind farm is one of the single most effective environmental actions
Commitment to the Ten Principles of UN
Ilmatar Energy has joined the UN Global Compact in 2021. Ilmatar is committed to the UN Global Compact initiative and to its Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption in our operations.
- Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights and make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
- Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
- the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
- the effective abolition of child labour
- the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
- Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges, undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility, and encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
- Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
The UN Global Compact aims to develop and help the progress of the environmental, social, and economic responsibility of companies and societies.
UN Sustainable Development Goals in our business
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are central to our business. Our contributions are actualized most in our business activities in the following UN SDGs:
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals comes naturally to Ilmatar as clean and affordable energy is one of the most important tools in the fight against the climate crisis. Preventing climate change, on the other hand, is crucial to the success of all the SDGs.
Ilmatar Energy is a member of FIBS, the largest corporate responsibility network in the Nordic countries, aiming to help companies understand sustainable development and promote opportunities for responsible business. As a member of FIBS, we are committed to conducting accountable and sustainable business practices, promoting corporate social responsibility, and solving local, national, and global problems.
Our vision is a world powered by renewable energy!
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