Our goal is to transform our current consumer society into an efficient recycling society. Our services take us and our customers towards a circular economy with the goal of creating zero waste.
We are an environmental company, which means that the reduction of CO2 emissions—both our own and those of our customers—and the improvement of material and energy efficiency are an integral component of our strategy and business operations. Success in this line of work requires us to have solid environmental competence that matches the needs of our customers. It is also necessary that we minimise our own environmental impacts.
We never compromise environmental legislation and standards, and always manage our environmental work with the principle of constant improvement. We monitor our environmental impacts systematically, and also require our cooperation partners to operate at a high level of environmental responsibility.
RECYCLING REDUCES OUR CUSTOMERS’ CO2 EMISSIONS
Our customers’ CO2 emissions are reduced when the waste generated in their operations is sorted at the point of origin, recycled and utilised. At our recycling facilities, we process waste into secondary raw materials to replace virgin raw materials and conserve energy. In addition, we produce solid recovered fuel (SRF) from waste and by-products to replace fossil fuels in uses such as industrial energy generation.
In accordance with the circular economy mindset and the order of priority, we primarily recycle and utilise waste as materials, and only after that do we direct waste not usable as materials to energy production. Our preferred manner of utilising waste in energy production is manufacturing solid recovered fuel and supplying it to power plants and cement kilns to be used as primary or secondary fuel.
In combined heat and power production (CHP), the energy content of solid recovered fuel is converted into power and heat at a high rate of utilisation. Solid recovered fuel is incinerated in a cement kiln to produce energy at a high rate of efficiency, and the non-combustible matter contained in the fuel is used as raw material in manufacturing clinker.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND MATERIAL EFFICIENCY THROUGH PROPERTY MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING
We continuously train our personnel in order to improve our customers’ material and energy efficiency. Our maintenance personnel complete Eco-maintenance training focused on surveying, implementing and reporting measures to improve energy efficiency. Our maintenance personnel produce information on the energy efficiency of the properties for our customers by observing the targets and utilising our energy efficiency management centre.
We also offer our customers Nordic Ecolabel-certified cleaning services, supporting our customers in reaching their environmental objectives and providing a practical method of reducing the environmental impacts of offices and workplaces. Nordic Ecolabel-certified cleaning is always carried out with ecolabelled equipments and detergents, and the dosage of detergents and the consumption of waste bags is carefully monitored. Nordic Ecolabel-certified cleaning also includes the support of recycling by means of sorting receptacles, instructions, and monitoring
CONTINUOUS OPTIMISATION TO MINIMISE EMISSIONS ARISING FROM TRANSPORTATION
The most significant direct environmental impacts of our operations are the emissions generated by collection and transport services. However, the CO2 emissions caused by our transports are only a small part of the overall benefit produced by recycling and delivering biofuels and recycled fuels to our customers.
To reduce our fuel consumption, we are enhancing our transports and our use of equipment by constantly optimising our transport routes and equipment and by monitoring our waste amounts. More and more of our new waste collection vehicles have several compartments, enabling the collection of several types of waste in one drive.
We are also monitoring and developing the driving style of our drivers of heavy-duty vehicles to reduce environmental load. The personal driving style monitoring device enables us to analyse and constantly improve driving styles.
TOWARDS A LOWER-EMISSION FLEEt
The particle emissions of heavy-duty vehicles and nitrous oxide emissions will decline as we replace old vehicles with new ones and move to engine categories producing less emissions. The vehicles we now acquire in Finland are equipped with EURO 6 class engines.
ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITS AND EFFICIENT RISK MANAGEMENT GUIDE OUR OPERATIONS
Professional waste treatment is subject to environmental permits and regulatory compliance in operations. L&T has over 60 environmental permits that determine how we manage and monitor environmental matters.
The environmental risks involved in our operations concern the fleet, waste storage and processing, and chemical safety. An ISO 14001 certified environmental system and efficient self-monitoring form the foundations of our risk management. We survey our environmental risks regularly in connection with audits and inspections, and any defects and risk factors observed are entered into a system that is used to monitor their processing.