• Responsibility


Responsible business conduct is a solid foundation for long-term value creation. Safety of our power plants and minimization of environmental impacts are the core of our responsibility work.


Hydro power

Due to hydro power, rivers have been sprouted and dammed, which has affected the flows and, at the same time, has changed the home environment of migrating fish. The impacts of hydro power production on fish stocks are compensated through annual fisheries payments set out in the environmental permit for each power plant.

In addition to the regulatory compensations, we also support and implement voluntary measures to protect and revitalise migratory fish stocks. With our Migrating Fish Programme, we want to help fish migrate more freely: we remove obstacles to fish migration and try out new innovations to revitalise fish stocks across Finland.

Nuclear power

The environmental impacts of nuclear power plants operating in Finland have been only a fraction of their permissible values. The typical environmental impacts of power plants are mainly limited to discharging warm cooling water into the sea. Nuclear power plants do not, for example, cause practically any CO2 or other air emissions.

The track record of nuclear power in Finland is very positive. Finnish nuclear power plants have been operating safely for decades, producing electricity at world-class duty cycle. Finland is also implementing the world's first safe solution for the final disposal of used nuclear fuel.


Migrating Fish Programme Projects

Project Type Description Schedule Partners Status
Eurajoki & Köyliönjoki JOKI -project funding Proving water quality and fish stock development 3 year project https://www.jokiohjelma.fi  On-going
Sapsokoski Fish stock revitalisation Modifications to the bottom of the dam, incl. processing of gravel and rock into spawn, construction of a natural fish pass 2022- Lapin ELY, Kainuu Fisheris Center, Fortum On-going
Arvajankoski Obstacle removal and migrating fish rehabilitation Dismanteling of and old water intake and its damn 2021-    
Sateenvarjo III Reserach program Migrating fish development on built water cources 2019- LUKE, other hydro companies On-going
Sapsokoski Obstacle removal Dismanteling of and old mill and mill damn 2019-2020 Lappi ELY Completed
Saimaa land-locked salmon Fish stock revitalisation Breeding and nursery area to Pielisjoki 2018-2019 Pohjois-Karjalan liitto, MMM, Kuurnan Voima and others Completed
Multia-Viitasaari Obstacle removal Forest road culvert overhaul 2018 Keski-Suomi ELY, Metsäkeskus Completed
Kalasydän Innovation Piloting of new fish transport technology 2018 Kalasydän Oy, other hydro companies Completed
Sateenvarjo II Research program Migrating fish development on built water cources 2016-2017 LUKE, other hydro companies Completed
Harjavalta Fish stock revitalisation Construction of fish hatchery 2013-2017 Varsinais-Suomi ELY Completed


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