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Streamlined Permitting for Industrial and Energy Projects in Finland​

Navigating the environmental permitting process for industrial and energy projects can be a complex and time-consuming endeavor. In Finland, the Environmental Protection Act of 2014 streamlined the permitting requirements for various industries, making the process more efficient. Nevertheless, understanding the specific requirements and complying with Finnish legislation is crucial for successful project implementation. DGE offers expert support to guide your company through the permitting process, ensuring your projects meet all legal and environmental requirements.

Understanding the Finnish Permitting Process​

The Environmental Protection Act of Finland specifies several areas and industries that are subject to environmental permitting. Besides those listed in the Act, authorities can impose additional requirements based on a company’s activities. Permits are granted either by counties or the Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI), depending on the scale and impact of the project.

In general, smaller enterprises with lower environmental impact apply for permits from the county, while larger industrial complexes seek permits from the AVI. The supervisory authority for county-level permits is the county itself, while the Centre for Economic Development, Transport, and the Environment (ELY Centre) oversees permits granted by the AVI.

Timely and Detailed Permitting Applications​

The permitting process can take several years to complete, so it’s crucial to begin the process as early as possible. During the application, permitting authorities may require detailed and specific information covering a wide range of topics, including:

  • Soil and groundwater analysis
  • Noise levels and mitigation
  • Odor management
  • Pollutant dispersion analysis
  • Chemical risk analysis
  • Navigating these requirements can be challenging for companies, particularly those without prior experience in environmental permitting.

Expert Support by DGE​

As environmental consultants, DGE has extensive experience in conducting assessments for various industrial and energy projects, including large wind farm developments in Finland. Our expertise in the Finnish permitting process ensures that your company doesn’t have to spend valuable time figuring everything out independently. We offer the following services:

  • Comprehensive understanding of Finnish legislation and the Environmental Protection Act
  • Guidance on the appropriate permitting authority for your project (county or AVI)
  • Assistance in compiling permit applications
  • Expertise in addressing specific environmental concerns and requirements

By partnering with DGE, your company’s projects will be completed in a legally diligent, environmentally responsible, and sustainable manner. We work closely with our clients to develop tailored solutions that cater to their specific needs and industry requirements.

Environmental permitting is a critical aspect of project implementation for industrial and energy projects in Finland. By understanding and complying with Finnish legislation, companies can ensure their projects adhere to the regulator’s requirements. DGE’s guidance can help your company successfully navigate the permitting process, supporting your project’s completion in a sustainable and legally compliant manner. 


Heikki Kalle

EIA specialist & contact

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