ABO Wind is an international family business born out of a burning desire to fight against climate change. As a renewable energy operator ABO Wind has been implementing wind power projects in Finland since 2013. ABO Wind is often also responsible for the sustainable maintenance of wind farms.
Green Carbon calculated the biodiversity footprint and the amount of ecological compensation of a wind power project in the planning phase for ABO Wind. Based on this calculation, measures were defined to avoid and minimize the biodiversity footprint.
Reetta Nurmo (centre) and colleagues Annika and Kalle on a visit to the Pajuperänkangas wind farm.
Biodiversity footprint calculation identifies damage to nature, ecological compensation helps to compensate it
ABO Wind’s business is based on combating climate change, but the company also recognizes the impact of its own activities on nature. By calculating the biodiversity footprint, a quantified impact on biodiversity can be identified. That impact can then be minimized and compensated for through ecological offsetting.
Biodiversity road map puts the environmental sustainability plan into practice
The next natural progression after calculating the biodiversity footprint is to draw up a biodiversity road map. That points out the way forward in environmental sustainability. In its ambitious sustainability work, ABO Wind wanted to be one of the first to make full use of the tools Green Carbon offers. The road map mapped the current state of ABO Wind’s climate and nature work and the most significant climate and nature impacts. The road map also sets out a vision and a goal, and outlines concrete measures to mitigate the impacts.
A forest tour on the sustainability day and taking into account the specificities of business
Calculating the biodiversity footprint of land-use projects require an on-site nature inventory and knowledge of the specific characteristics of Finnish habitat types. The choice of ABO as a partner was also influenced by the values of localness.
ABO Wind also held a sustainability day for its staff, to which Kimmo Koistinen, Operations Manager at Green Carbon, was invited. Nurmo feels that as a partner, Green Carbon has taught ABO, which was already committed to sustainability, even more during the collaboration:
Sustainability programme and scaling up environmental work
ABO Wind is set to launch its first sustainability programme in early 2024, and the company feels that Green Carbon has played a key role in inspiring the programme’s goals and actions for the coming years. The sustainability programme will include the introduction of a carbon footprint calculation methodology in the first quarter to monitor as accurately as possible the actual climate impact of operations. It will also be scaled up to new wind power projects.