Caruna issued its first safety award to Eltel’s western Uusimaa region
Safety is not just a characteristic affecting one individual but the approach to work of the entire organisation.
An investment in occupational safety is an improvement to productivity as well as the well-being of everyone at the work site. Out of gratitude for diligently looking after occupational safety, Caruna issued, for the first time last year, an occupational safety award to one of its contractors.
Safety is not just a characteristic affecting one individual but the approach to work of the entire organisation. Occupational safety is the result of consistent management and clear game rules, as well as inspections of errors and deviations and learning from them. For those working on our projects, we want to ensure safe working conditions that motivate personnel, whether they are employed by Caruna or working for our partners.
An alert and diligent attitude towards safety deserves attention
Caruna wishes to give public recognition to work well done in the promotion of safety, and issued, for the first time last year, an award for occupational safety to a deserving contractor.
The contractors as well as Caruna’s personnel appointed candidates to receive the award, and the winners were selected by the Caruna Management Team. In the future, the two variants of the award will be issued annually; one to an enterprise and one to either a team or an individual.
The first safety award went to Caruna’s contractor-related fitter team for Eltel’s western Uusimaa region in autumn 2015. The golden helmet and bright light bulb issued as awards were accepted by Eltel’s unit leader, Regional Manager Kaj Ljungberg. The entire team also obtained diplomas and Caruna’s Safety Award 2015 logo sticker for their helmets.
Kuusakoski Oy recycles the materials from old electricity networks
In renovating the electricity network, the old network is being dismantled and the demolition waste recycled. Caruna signed a contract with Kuusakoski Oy last year, according to which the enterprise is looking after the recycling of left-over materials from our dismantled electricity networks completely. This way it is possible to ensure that all recyclable materials are put to practical use.
The old electricity networks are generally being dismantled during the winter when the weather conditions permit the dismantling of networks from, for example, field areas. Until the end of last summer, Caruna and the contractor responsible for the dismantling of the electricity network looked after the recycling of the materials for demolition, whereas Caruna handled the recycling of problem waste.
More precise monitoring
All recyclable demolition materials end up beneficially use.
Last August Caruna signed a contract with Kuusakoski Oy, which took over the recycling of all demolition materials. As a result of the building development contracts, the materials obtained from dismantling the electricity networks are being transferred in full to Caruna’s control and from there to Kuusakoski Oy for recycling. This way it will be possible in the future to better ascertain that all recyclable demolition materials end up beneficially used and other materials are disposed of appropriately as required.
In dismantling the network, the task of the contractor is to sort the materials, after which Kuusakoski Oy picks them up for recycling. Poles are problem waste that go to Ekokem for incineration, as well as transformers, whose oil can also be utilised in part by means of further processing.
The total number of orders and journey of the materials for recycling can be monitored via the eService business channel provided by Kuusakoski. Caruna has also trained contractors since the autumn of 2015 to function in accordance with the new model and has formulated guidelines concerning, for instance, the safe packaging of dismantled materials for transport. In the future, the goal of the company is to develop a reporting system so that the actual final applications of the recyclable materials can be reported in more detail.
More and more connect solar electricity to the Caruna network
The most solar energy is being generated in Uusimaa.
New electrical production modes have come into popular general use, and more and more want to generate part of the electricity they use themselves. Utilisation of solar energy is an environmentally friendly method of production that reduces household electricity bills.
More and more consumers are becoming enthusiastic about small-scale electrical production. Renewable energy sources like solar and wind energy are growing alongside traditional modes of production. The most solar energy is being generated in Uusimaa.
The solar electricity system is linked to the local electricity network so that electricity can be transferred from solar energy for household requirements. For this reason, the consumer’s authorised electrical contractor must contact the network company to enable electricity distribution.
At the outset of 2016, 2,923 kilowatt peaks of solar power systems were connected to Caruna’s network. Kilowatt peak refers to the nominal power of solar panels, i.e., the maximum power generated under ideal conditions by solar panels. There are 440 solar energy producers on the Caruna network already, of which the largest number – 208 connections – are located in Uusimaa. The next largest number of solar power systems – 144 connections – have been connected to the company’s network in Southwestern Finland.
Caruna is actively gathering experience in decentralised production
As an electricity company, Caruna itself also wishes to actively accumulate experience in decentralised electrical production. In 2014, a primary substation was built at Keilaniemi in Espoo to feed electricity to the western extension of the Helsinki Metro and to the developing Keilaniemi/Otaniemi area. In total 119 solar panels were installed on the roof of the substation, covering an area of 190 square metres.
The panels generated electricity in the amount of 23,817 kilowatt hours in 2015, which was used to compensate for energy losses in the electricity network. In 2016, information will be obtained regarding how much the panels have generated electricity beyond the substation’s own requirements, as a result of the electricity being transferred to Espoo’s distribution network.
Energy efficiency at its peak in Caruna’s new premises
Caruna moved, during September of last year, to new premises at Leppävaara in Espoo. Caruna is interested not only in its electricity network but also in its own operations on behalf of energy efficiency. The law requires the company to report on its own energy consumption on a regular basis. Energy efficiency has been taken into wide-scale consideration in Caruna’s new offices by utilising geothermal heating, solar panels and LED lights.
Caruna regards energy efficiency as crucial and important to all its operations. The Energy Efficiency Act (Energiatehokkuuslaki 1429/2014) obligates large companies to conduct an energy review of energy consumption in their premises at six-year intervals. Caruna sent its most recent building structure-based energy report to the Ministry of Employment and the Economy in December of last year. The building’s varieties of energy consumption are listed as well as their costs, on the basis of which the carbon footprint of the company’s property can be regarded as maximally low.
The renovation work at Caruna’s offices in Leppävaara, Espoo was completed in July 2015. Energy efficiency played a substantial role in the planning and renovation of the new facilities. It was taken into account comprehensively in e.g. electrical consumption, lighting, heating, use of water, ventilation and recycling. The company desired to gain information about where the largest consumption sources in the property are located.
A smaller carbon footprint with LED lighting and solar panels
110 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the property, whose generated energy reduces the property’s energy consumption.
Caruna strives to make green choices. There is an ongoing attempt to keep paper consumption as minimal as possible, all wastes are sorted, and coffee-making is concentrated to four coffee machines. In the lighting of the open-plan office facilities, effective adjustment of the amount of available natural light is utilised from area to area. The lighting of the office premises is based on, e.g., energy-efficient LED illumination featuring movement sensors and timed on/off switches.
An attempt has been made to find suitable operating efficiency between geothermal energy and cooling to ensure a comfortable temperature for employees to work in from one season to the next. In addition, 110 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the property, whose generated energy reduces the property’s energy consumption. The amount of electricity will be monitored in real time, starting in 2016.
Caruna is endeavouring to reduce its carbon footprint: for this reason, the energy consumption of the new property will be monitored by means of an automated system that collects the data from the various systems, such as district heating, air conditioning, electrical and water consumption, geothermal heating and carefully sorted wastes. In 2016, it will already be possible to compare energy consumption with the figures of the current year, enabling the further development of energy efficiency.
Personnel building a positive energy business culture
Caruna was established in March 2014, when the sale of Fortum’s Finnish electricity distribution business operations was confirmed. Having previously functioned as part of an international corporation, it was first necessary for the new company to establish its own organisation, operational models, services and infrastructure. After the foundation of the company was secure, an important part of independence became the discovery of our own identity and business culture.
The matter went to the top of the agenda in 2015 when establishing a business culture was made one of the four areas of priority in the company’s strategy. It was set as a long-term goal to create the type of Caruna culture that people would enjoy and feel comfortable in.
The goal was to create the type of Caruna culture that people would enjoy and feel comfortable in.
On the one hand, long traditions and strong expertise could already be seen in Caruna’s culture at this early formative stage, while on the other hand it could be seen in its bold innovation, the desire to create new things, and in acting differently than before – as an independent, mid-sized company operating in Finland.
The Communications and HR units launched a Positive Energy Work Week project in summer 2015 as a way to implement the chosen strategy. The project summoned all Caruna employees to develop matters associated with the work week programme, everyday routines and the working environment. The target was to build a business culture based on Caruna’s values and drive for a better work community.
Ideas and materials on project walls
One of the tools of the development effort was temporary project walls erected in the office premises, where they stayed for three weeks. By means of the project walls, materials, inspiration and tips were accumulated by which everyday activities could be streamlined and a more pleasant work week could be realised. Employees left their greetings on the walls both individually and together with their own supervisor and team.
The supervisors and enterprise management further handled the feedback in a workshop, after which all personnel handled the themes that had arisen on the walls during a joint strategy day for the whole company in early October. During the process, the ideas and feedback were moulded on the one hand into concrete, relatively easily implemented measures that were promptly introduced and on the other, into wider entities for which foundation follow-up projects were launched.
Business culture cannot be dictated from above, nor can it be assigned a completion date. The development of culture is, however, possible when a strategic choice is applied to it.