Elering takes responsibility for its overall environmental footprint. Taking good care of the environment is part of our broader social engagement and of the wider sense of accountability in our business principles and values.
Our core business of ensuring the security of Estonia’s electricity supply is directly affected by changes in the environment. Electrical infrastructure, including substations and wires, is a part of the real environment around us. For this reason, continuous assessment of our environmental impact is a key part of our business, in narrow legal terms and also in a wider sense.
A significant part of our environmental responsibilities are set out in the environmental law of the Republic of Estonia and other regulations. For example dozens of different laws concerning oils and the creation of hazardous waste from maintenance work in substations must be followed in order to prevent damage to the environment during the maintenance of transformers and the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous wastes. Exemplary compliance with these requirements is a natural part of our work process, and our staff have the knowledge, training and qualifications for this.
As well as our environment, Elering places great importance on the welfare of our staff. This means health and safety at work in particular, as the operation of substations and electricity transmission work in general are difficult and require good education and training for employees and a responsible attitude from the employer. As a company we do everything we can so that our employees can work seriously and without worry.
It is a basic point for us that we must comply with environmental law in exemplary fashion, in form and in content, but on top of this, we have also committed to a set of environmental responsibility principles.