Fortum, the Russian Territorial Generating Company No. 1 (TGC-1) and ECF
Project Ltd have today signed an agreement according to which Fortum will
purchase approximately 5 million tonnes of emission reduction units (ERU) from
TGC-1. The ERUs will come from Joint Implementation projects conducted at
TGC-1's production facilities during the Kyoto Period (2008-2012) of the
European Emissions Trading Scheme.
The projects TGC-1 will implement include reconstruction of hydro power plants,
expansion and reconstruction of combined heat and power generation facilities
as well as energy efficiency improvements with district heating network. Fortum
can use the received ERUs to cover part of its own emissions once these
projects are completed and their emission reduction has been verified. ECF
Project will act as the consultant responsible for preparing technical
documentation for Joint Implementation projects and for acquiring all necessary
approvals from the Russian side.
The purchase agreement is based on the Memorandum of Understanding between
Fortum and United Energy Systems of Russia (RAO UES) in 2006, and it is the
biggest of its kind ever made in Russia. The ERUs purchased cover approximately
half of Fortum's annual CO2 emissions and their value is approximately EUR 70
million based on the current market price of Certified Emission Reductions
originating from developing countries.
“This agreement clearly demonstrates that Fortum is an industrial investor
committed to developing the Russian power and heat sector in a sustainable way.
The Joint Implementation mechanism helps us to take climate issues into
consideration in our investment program,” says Valery Rodin, General Director
“The Kyoto mechanism enables companies to reduce emissions where it is most
economical. Last year, 89 % of Fortum's own power generation did not cause CO2
emissions. Reducing emissions in Russia through Joint Implementation is an
effective way for us to mitigate climate change,” says Tapio Kuula, Senior Vice
President at Fortum.
TGC-1 was founded in 2006 as part of the Russian power sector reform. The
company operates in north-west Russia from St. Petersburg to the Kola
Peninsula. Fortum is the second largest owner of TGC-1 with a slightly over 25%
share. The production capacity of TGC-1 is over 6,200 MW power and about 17,200
MW heat. Furthermore, in line with its currently undergoing investment program,
TGC-1 power production capacity will be increased by 3,600 MW and heat capacity
by 2,300 by the year 2015. To finance the investments, TGC-1 organised a share
issue in 2007. Fortum participated in the issue subscribing to shares with
approximately 243 million euros.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Tapio Kuula, Senior Vice President, Fortum, +358 10 452 4112