From now on, Korkeasaari Zoo will be heated by Helen’s Recycled Heat, which is a totally emission-free form of heat production recycled from waste heat. On swapping to Helen's carbon-neutral district heating, the annual 617-tonne carbon emissions created by heating Korkeasaari will fall to zero.
Helen and Korkeasaari have a shared target of carbon neutrality. Helen aims to reach carbon neutrality by the year 2035 and Korkeasaari by 2030.
“Helen is a pioneering company in the Finnish energy field and the only one in the country to offer fully recycled waste heat. It is particularly fitting that Korkeasaari, which proactively disseminates environmental awareness, is one of the first organisations to embrace the possibilities of the new energy era in our shared quest for a carbon-neutral Helsinki,” says Anssi Juvonen, Helen's Product Group Manager for heating and cooling products.
“The mission of our environmental programme is that we practise what we preach. While we endeavour to influence people's environmentally friendly behaviour and thinking, we ourselves are also duty-bound to act in accordance with the same principles. The solution was easy in the case of heating, as we were able to turn our heating carbon-neutral with a single decision,” says Sanna Hellström, the Director at Korkeasaari Zoo.
All Helen’s Recycled Heat is produced from waste heat created as a by-product of operations in places like server rooms, electricity substations, waste water treatment plants, data centres, district cooling of buildings, and various industrial processes.
Korkeasaari requires as much heat as 7 apartment blocks
Korkeasaari's heating requirement, now fulfilled purely by district heat produced from waste heat, is about 4,000 MWh a year, which is equivalent to the heat requirement of seven Helsinki apartment blocks. The most heat at Korkeasaari Zoo is required by Africasia, Amazonia and Hämärä House, housing animals and plants from tropical regions. However, the warmest space in the area is the insect breeding room where nutritious live insects are bred to feed the animals.
The species that enjoy the lowest temperatures spend their time outdoors all the year round and have no heated indoor housing. At Korkeasaari, the large species living in outdoor enclosures are selected so that they cope outdoors in the Finnish climate also in wintertime.