How energy is generated and how much it is used are key from an environmental perspective. The Port of Helsinki is continuously striving towards more energy-efficient operations. The majority of the company’s energy consumption arises from area lighting and heating of properties.
In accordance with the Energy Efficiency Act, the Port of Helsinki carries out an energy review every four years in order to establish the company’s energy consumption profile and identify new energy savings opportunities.
The Port of Helsinki’s overall energy consumption has been falling for several years, thanks to measures such as lighting solutions. In particular, the Port of Helsinki Ltd has seen the electricity consumption of Vuosaari cargo harbour fall to under half of that of 2009 – its first year of operation. Whilst the harbour’s area lighting was designed from the outset to consume very low levels of electricity, certain changes made to its control and usage have led to significant energy savings.
At the end of 2015 the Port of Helsinki installed 72 solar panels on the noise barrier wall of Vuosaari Harbour. The objective of the solar panel pilot project is to gather experiences of small-scale renewable energy generation and the suitability of solar panels for harbour conditions.
The electricity consumption of Vuosaari Harbour has dropped to below half of that of the Harbour’s first year of operations, 2009.
The panels have been connected to a remote monitoring programme and online portal, allowing the results to be monitored in real-time. The portal is available here.
The Port of Helsinki also plans to expand its renewable energy generation operations; in connection with the construction of West Terminal 2, a set of panels approximately two and a half times as effective as the solar panels at Vuosaari Harbour is to be installed on one of the new passenger bridges. The new passenger terminal will be lit with the terminal’s own, environmentally friendly solar energy.