Voluntary environmental projects

Through involvement in voluntary environmental projects, we go beyond legal obligations to reduce environmental impacts of hydropower production.

In cooperation with local residents and municipalities, research institutes and environmental authorities, Fortum participates in environmental care efforts and promotes the recreational use of river systems in many ways. For years, we have collaborated to restore water systems and improve riverside landscaping. We also continuously strive to develop the regulation of water systems in order to better align the needs of other water purposes with the needs of hydropower production. We have improved the recreational use of water systems by building boat moorage and launch ramps on shorelines.

We also support projects implemented by other stakeholders to reduce the environmental impacts of hydropower production and to foster biodiversity in developed water systems. In Sweden, we have funded some of the projects with revenue from the sales of Bra Miljöval-labelled electricity. Some of the proceeds from the sales of our Ekoenergy-labelled electricity have been allocated to Fortum and The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation’s joint fund for use in the Vuoksi restoration project. 


Our voluntary environmental projects in Finland:


Within the framework agreement (called OUMO) for joint environmental projects in the Oulujoki water system, the environmental and recreation values of regulated river have been increasing since 1998. The main financier in the framework is Fortum, and other sponsors include municipalities, regional ELY Centres and other hydropower companies operating within the water system.

The funding is provided for projects that effectively enhance migratory fish populations, increase recreational value, or communicate the advantages of hydropower. The impact of the projects should reach as many citizens as possible. The current agreement covers the years 2014-2017, and each year about 350 000 euros is allocated for projects.

The joint projects within OUMO

  • Enhancement of water area and landing place for boats in Paltamo Luhtaniemi 2017
  • Development of harbor area in Sotkamo Naapurinvaara 2017
  • Construction of boating area in Muhos Laitasaari 2017
  • Starting of Oulujoki working group 2017
  • Presentation material of River Oulujoki (Humanpolis Oy) 2016-2017
  • General plan to improve the water quality of Utajärvi water bodies 2015-2017
  • Monitoring of behaviour and reproduction of transported salmon 2016-2017
  • Smolt net fishing in River Utosjoki 2015-2017
  • Construction of pier for dip-net fishing in Suomussalmi 2016
  • Winter swimming site in Muhos Kirkkosaari 2016
  • Enhancement of the harbour area of Vaala Nimisjärvi 2015-2016
  • Recreational fishing project of Montta reservoir 2014-2017
  • Trap-and-transport of migratory salmon to River Utosjoki and Kutujoki 2014-2017
  • Stocking of juvenile salmon and trout to tributaries of River Oulujoki since 2005

In addition to financing of OUMO we have made investments especially to maintaining fish populations by improving the quality of the stocked fish as well as by strengthening the natural life cycle:

  • Construction of trap-and-transport facilities close to Montta hydropower plant 2016-2017
  • Fish hatchery in Montta 2016

Our voluntary environmental projects in Sweden:

  • We continued the research project on the downstream migration of salmonids in the Klarälven river.
  • We are investigating possible measures to protect the endangered Gullspång salmon population.
  • We continued restoration and management for protection of flood meadows and forests, biotopes with high biodiversity by Dalälven river
  • We continued studying opportunities to start environmental protection projects for a specific trout of the Rottnan river
  • We continued studying of natural fish spawning in lower Dalälven in cooperation with counties of Gävleborg and Uppsala and Vattenfall
  •  We investigated the living conditions of char in Ljusnan river