Port operations respecting the environment
For many years, the Port of HaminaKotka Ltd has had a certified environmental management system. In the external audit carried out in 2019, the system was certified in accordance with the most recent standard (ISO 14001:2015). The system aims to improve and develop the operations, quality and level of environmental protection comprehensively and constantly so that we could better serve our customers and promote the competitiveness of companies operating in our region.
The environmental permits related to the operation of the various parts of the port were updated in 2015. In addition to the environmental permits of the port itself, the companies operating at the port apply for the necessary environmental permits and other permits for their operations. Moreover, building projects within the port are subject to the necessary permits required by the Finnish Water Act in each individual project.
We monitor the environmental impacts of port operations systematically, and we are committed to the continuous improvement of the level of environmental protection.
The emissions of port operations to air and water, energy and water consumption as well as the impacts on air quality and the maritime area are monitored in accordance with the monitoring programs approved by the environmental authorities. The monitoring is carried out in co-operation with other parties in the region. One example of this is shared regional monitoring of air quality in the Kotka and Pyhtää area as well as the monitoring of the sea area outside Kotka and Hamina. In the operations of the port, we endeavour to improve energy efficiency through means such as shifting over to the use LEDs in lighting. We aim to reduce the use of virgin natural resources by utilizing waste materials such as crushed concrete in the port structures in Hamina and Mussalo whenever possible.
Through the systematic management of environmental issues, we can reduce the adverse environmental impacts of port operations, raise environmental awareness and increase interaction between stakeholders operating at the port. The functioning of the system requires commitment from the entire personnel and consideration of environmental aspects in all activities.
You can find environmental and water permit resolutions issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency
through this information service link: https://ylupa.avi.fi/fi-FI Notice, the permit resolutions are in Finnish.
Read more about our efforts to reduce environmental impacts in our customer newsletter Loiste 2/2020