Reduction of environmental impacts
Construction, use and maintenance of the electricity and heat distribution networks impact the surrounding environment. Environmental impacts are reduced through careful operational planning and technology solutions and by adhering to environmentally benign ways of operating.
When planning a distribution network, the impacts on land
use, the landscape and nature are taken into consideration. Through the planning, zoning and permit processes, the aim is to find the best solution for society for securing energy distribution.
Minor impacts from the district heat network
The environmental impacts of district heat distribution occur in the network construction phase. As in other construction projects in society, the nature of the impacts are temporary at the construction site. With the exception of occasional water leaks, there are no environmental impacts from the use of district heat networks.
Cabling reduces the electricity distribution network’s environmental impacts
In the construction phase of an electricity distribution network, environmental impacts are caused by things like the
removal of trees, and by construction site traffic, noise and dust. Replacing overhead lines with underground cables reduces impacts on the landscape and on birds. The majority of waste materials generated in distribution network upgrades can be reused or recycled. Contaminated soil areas from transformer oil leaks are cleaned as quickly as possible. New transformers are equipped with oil trays that prevent oil from getting into the environment in accident situations.