In addition to climate-friendly transport, energy efficiency in buildings and more efficient waste recycling are an important part of our goal of being fossil-free by 2030. Our largest properties are located in Vantaa, Turku and Tampere.
Energy efficiency of terminals
The lighting facilities at the Osumakuja terminal in Vantaa use LED lighting, which reduced our total energy consumption by 40%. Motion detectors dim and turn off lights automatically when there is no movement in the area.
The terminal, which opened in Pirkkala in the autumn of 2021, is designed and built with a strong environmental perspective in mind. The terminal utilizes, among other things, geothermal energy and environmentally friendly LED lighting. Heat loss is prevented by door curtain fans and air seals on loading docks, which are well suited to Finland's challenging conditions.
The terminal is also ready to charge electric vehicles.
The terminal will be awarded the Green Building Council Finland's BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) certificate with a rating 'very good'.
We are currently building a new terminal building in Hakkila, Vantaa. The building will apply for LEED Silver environmental certification. In the new terminal, special attention has been paid to heat recovery. The basic electricity in the new terminal building will be generated by solar energy and there will be preparations for the use of electric cars by building charging points.
New upgraded devices also reduce energy consumption. Directing import traffic directly to the main terminal closest to the destination for sorting avoids unnecessary intermediate handling and at the same time reduces emissions between the largest cities.
Logistics inevitably generates a lot of waste, as the storage and transport of products require the use of different packaging materials. We have paid special attention to waste management and improved our operations. Our recycling rate was as high as 86 percent in September 2021, and especially at our Osumakuja terminal in Vantaa, we have achieved a recycling rate of over 90 percent.
About half of the waste generated in logistics terminals and warehouses is wood or cardboard. While investing in waste recycling, we strive for maximum resource efficiency by using as few packaging materials as possible. For example, wood waste consists mainly of pallets, the consumption of which has been reduced by introducing reusable metal cages for transport. Utilizing them also reduces the use of plastic needed to package shipments on pallets.
Investing in waste sorting and recycling is part of our responsibility strategy, at the heart of which is a strong reduction in CO2 emissions by providing completely fossil-free transport services by 2030.