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List of projects funded by the Environmental Fund

The EKOenergy Environmental Fund is older than the EKOenergy Network and the EKOenergy label. The EKOenergy Network took over an existing fund of the old Finnish ecolabel for electricity, managed by the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation.

Since 2009 the Environmental Fund has donated in total 564.000€ to the following projects:

  • Mustionjoki Project, Finland 150.000€
  • Project: “Small streams make big rivers”, rivers restoration in Ostrobothnia,  Finland 100.000€
  • Migrating fish populations in Kainuu, Finland 15.000€
  • Pielinen land-locked salmon and trout, Finland 5.000€
  • Regulated Rivers Research Program, Finland 150.000€
  • Murronjoki river restoration, Finland 50.000€
  • Restoration of spawning areas of Vuoksi river, Finland 50.000€
  • Facilitating eel migration in Göta Älv river, Sweden 44.000€

Mustionjoki Project

Mustionjoki River is a part of the Karjaanjoki basin and it is situated in Uusimaa County, Southern Finland. It flows from Lake Lohjanjärvi to the Pohjanpitäjälahti bay. The length of the river is 25 kilometers. On ther river there are four hydroelectric power plants (in Åminnefors, Billnäs, Peltokoski and Mustio’s iron mill), which are preventing the upward migrating fishes from returning to the river. An endangered freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) population of the river needs migrating salmonoids to bring their larvae back upstream.

In addition, some other rare and endangered species are breeding in the area, such as the thick shelled river mussel (Unio crassus), a rare alga (Hildenbrandia rivularis) and the common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). The Mustionjoki River is important for nature protection also because there
are still several near-natural creeks in the area. The river is part of EU’s Natura 2000 network.

150.000€ of EKOenergy funding has been used to make a multi criteria assessment in Mustionjoki river comparing different measures to improve the situation of the freshwater pearl mussel and the salmon populations. The outcomes of the assessment will help to take the next steps, which includes the construction of fish passage.

More information on the project website (in Finnish), www.sll.fi/mustionjoki.

EKOenergy started also an additional consumer campaign to boost the Mustionjoki fish passage projects. The name of the campaign is Fish Passage Electricity. More information about the campaign is available here.


Small streams make big rivers

Illustration_river_restoration_FANC_FinlandThe “Puroista syntyy virta” project improved the migration and breeding conditions for salmon in the Isojoki-Lapväärtinjoki (Pohjanmaa) and the Karvianjoki (Satakunta). The project received 100.000 €, originating from EKOenergy sales of Nordic Green Energy.

The project was managed by the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation.

More information on the project website here (in Finnish and Swedish).

Publications: Final report (pdf in Finnish and Swedish)

Migrating fish populations in Kainuu – Kainuun vaelluskalahanke

kainuun vaelluskalahankeEKOenergy provided 15.000€ co-funding for this EU ERDF Operational Program in Kainuu, Finland.

Project website (in Finnish)


Pielinen land-locked salmon and trout

pielinen mapBefore the construction of hydroelectric plants the land-locked salmon was an important livelihood for locals living on the project area. Already by the end of the 1600s traditional Finnish dam fishing was being practised without major impacts on the spawning process. Saimaa’s land-locked salmon used to spawn in the River Pielisjoki and Koitajoki while the Pielinen population used to spawn in the River Lieksanjoki.

The project aims in resuming salmon to its natural life cycle.

EKOenergy provided 5.000€ co-funding for this EU ERDF Operational Program in Northern Karelia, Finland. The overall budget was 432.100€.

Project website (in Finnish)

Regulated Rivers Research Program of Games and Fisheries Research Institute

iijoki_radiotelemetriaEKOenergy has provided 150.000€ co-funding for this research program of the Finnish Games and Fisheries Institute. The total budget of this research program was 1,4 million euros. The themes of the research program are

  • Fishways and restoration of migratory fish populations
  • The effects of river restoration and watershed land use on fish populations
  • The social, economic and cultural issues in the restoration migratory fish populations

Project website in English


Murronjoki river restorations in Saarijärvi, Finland

EKOenergy invested 50.000 € from its Environmental Fund to bring trout and European crayfish back to the Murronjoki river, in Saarijärvi, Central Finland. That money originates from sales of EKOenergy labeled hydropower by the energy company Vattenfall.

The Murronjoki river has been heavily affected by timber rafting, fish farming, forestry, agriculture and flood control. Leuhunkoski and Hietama hydropower plants are hindering trout migration in the river. The trout of Saarijärvi water route is therefore dependent on fish stocking.

Publications: Murronjoen valuma-alueen puroinventointi 2012

Restoration of spawning areas in Vuoksi River, Finland

The Vuoksi River runs in the northernmost part of the Karelian Isthmus from Lake Saimaa in southeastern Finland to Lake Ladoga in northwestern Russia. The river enters Lake Ladoga in three branches, an older main northern branch at Priozersk (Käkisalmi), a smaller branch a few kilometres to the north of it, and a new southern branch entering fifty kilometers further southeast as Burnaya River (Finnish: Taipaleenjoki), which has become the main stream in terms of water discharge.

Vuoksi has two hydropower plants in Finland: Tainionkoski (62 MW), Imatra (170 MW) and two hydropower plants in Russia: Enso-Vallinkoski (100 MW), Lesogorsk/Rouhiala (100 MW).

The project restores spawning areas of trout and grayling between Tainionkoski and Imatra hydropower stations. The total budget of restorations has been 50.000€.

Eel migration projects of Göta Älv, Sweden

lillån news cutEKOenergy has provided 44.000€ (375.000 SEK) funding for eel migration projects of Göta Älv. The funds originate in Vattenfall hydropower sales in Finland. The project has been supervised by Bra Miljöval label and Naturskyddsföreningen, which is the biggest environmental NGO in Sweden.