Managing the Environmental Impacts

Fennovoima has in place an environmental management system to assist in ensuring that the environmental impacts during the plant construction are under control and remain as low as possible. The system determines for instance the objectives, requirements, target levels and responsibilities of environmental management for each operator working at the site.

Our five main objectives of the environmental management are:

  • Proactively preventing and reducing the environmental impacts of the project
  • Ensuring good relations with environmental authorities and other external stakeholders
  • Ensuring that the nature reserves and protected species at the Hanhikivi peninsula and in the nearby Natura 2000 nature reserves are preserved
  • Ensuring that all operation is in compliance with the water and environmental permits
  • Securing efficient construction site waste management

Fennovoima’s environmental management system is developed continuously to correspond to the changing conditions of the construction site. We constantly survey environmental risks and we monitor the state of the environment and if necessary, we are able to make rapid changes to the construction measures before any damage occur.

In addition to the compulsory environmental monitoring at the site, we consider it essential to conduct supplementary self-motivated environmental monitoring. As for an example, we monitor the noise and dust levels of the protected areas nearby to be sure that the constructing activities do not harm the areas or the species living in the areas.

Fennovoima has appointed an environmental coordinator to oversee that environmental requirements are met at the Hanhikivi peninsula. The environmental coordinator works in cooperation with the main contractor and subcontractors, ensuring that the construction site operations meet the Finnish environmental legislation and permit requirements, and that best practices are systematically followed on site.

On the compulsory site arrival training, all the workers are trained and instructed to take into account the natural restriction areas and the nature reserves. The entrance to the littoral areas of the site and to other vulnerable areas is prevented with fences and signs.