We respect people and the environment

Keliber wants to be an open and conversational neighbor and working partner, known for its willingness to find solutions. We actively work together with our stakeholders by for example arranging dozens of meetings annually with landowners and residents as well as decision-makers and authorities.

The main principles of our environmental work are proactive consideration of environmental aspects and minimizing impacts. Central topics include, for example, water management, biodiversity, circular economy and chemical safety.

Our state-of-the-art production process, developed together with Outotec, helps to minimize the environmental impacts of our production. Thanks to the process, we are able to efficiently utilize the side streams resulting from production.

Read more about Environmental Impact Assessments of our project

Proactive work for the environment

Our goal: securing the state of the natural water systems

Once operations commence, water management and securing the quality of natural water systems will be among the key areas of our environmental work.

We have carried out extensive research related to the impacts of the mining areas, concentrator plant and chemical plant and their joint impacts on the water systems. We carefully follow all permit regulations, water system monitoring liabilities and metrics.

Mining operations are not estimated to have significant effects on the condition, eutrophy or acidity of the waters. The most significant impact on the water systems is caused by explosive-based nitrogen.

Rainwater and snowmelt gathered into the mines are discharged first to treatment wetland for purification, after which the waters are led to natural water systems. The process waters from concentrator plant are led to the concentrator’s wastewater treatment facility before discharging the purified water into the natural water system.

The condition and functioning of the concentrator plant’s basins, dams and water management will be monitored according to monitoring programs approved by the authorities.

Seawater is used in cooling at the Kokkola chemical plant. As much as possible of the chemical plant’s process water will be recycled

We emphasize safe transports and minimal disturbance

Traffic safety is highly important to residents in the area, Keliber and our partners in charge of transportation. Ore transportation routes are planned so that they are located as far away from habitation as possible.

Mining areas are primarily located far from inhabited areas and mining activities planned to take please during daytime. Therefore, noise and ground vibration impacts are evaluated as minor.

The spreading of noise from the concentrator is also modeled and to have only minor effects on the area. No significant noise impacts are expected from the chemical plant located in the Kokkola Industrial Park.

Post-operation rehabilitation

The waste rock generated during mining is utilized in the construction of mining areas. It can also be delivered for use elsewhere. Most of the waste rock will be piled in the mining areas.

Our objective is to rehabilitate the mining areas into biodiverse living environments after our operations have ended. The pits will be filled with water and turned into lakes that can be used e.g. for recreational purposes. The piled soil will be utilized in landscaping and vegetation will be planted in the areas. The conditions in the area, including the quality and quantity of water, will be monitored upon the completion of operations.

Read more about our proactive work for the environment in our Sustainability Review and Environmental Impact Assessments

Active work for biodiversity

Biodiversity is one of the central goals of our sustainability program. We work in a manner which enables us to predict the environmental impacts in the best possible way and prevent even the smallest possible detriments.

According to the Environmental Impact Assessments, our impacts on biodiversity are primarily minor and moderate at most.

Of the future mining areas, moor frog (Rana arvalis) was detected during the mapping of Syväjärvi in 2014. The mining areas of Syväjärvi and Rapasaari also include the territory of the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). The said species are protected by the Nature Conservation Act.

According to estimates, our operations will have only minor effects on the moor frog and golden eagle in the area. We have, however, carried out successful work for a longer period of time to protect the golden eagle and moor frog.

Read more about the measures we take to protect the moor frog and golden eagle in our Sustainability Review.