Environmental impact of high-voltage power lines
Svenska Kraftnät, a state utility which administers and runs the national electrical grid, is applying for new concessions for a 400 kV link in the northern part of Sweden and building a new 400 kV link in the southern part. WSP is delivering the environmental impact assessments for both links which measure approximately three quarters of the length of Sweden.
Due Diligence completed for sale of SEK 41bn sale of Vasakronan
WSP completed technical and environmental due diligence in connection with the sale of the property company, Vasakronan by the Swedish Government. The total value of the sale to AP Fastigheter was SEK 41.1 billion - the largest property related transaction ever undertaken in Sweden, and the largest in Europe in 2008.
WSP took on the assignment on behalf of law firm Cederquist, who were acting for the Swedish Government. The environmental due diligence exercise covered 166 properties and the technical due diligence covered 36 properties.
WSP secure permit for Kemira Kemi
With WSP's assistance, Kemira Kemi AB applied for and received the permit to increase the production of hydrogen peroxide at their site in Helsingborg. We assisted throughout the application process. We prepared the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and the technical description as they sought a licence in accordance with chapter 9 of the Swedish Environmental Code.
WSP and property developer, ByggVesta, are collaborating in Stockholm and Malmo on a unique housing project involving the first passive heating of houses, to minimise energy consumption. The energy consumption of passive houses is around 40% lower than the new requirements of the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning (BBR). Carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to be 30% lower. This has already been a success in two current schemes in Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm and Västra Hamnen, Malmö.
Policy advice on energy end use
We have worked with the Swedish Government and the Swedish Energy Agency on implementation of important energy reporting mechanisms aimed at driving improved energy efficiency. A senior member of our team worked on secondment to help the Government write the Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Sweden to meet the requirements of the EU's Energy Service Directive, and also guide implementation. We also evaluated 62 municipalities taking part in the 'Sustainable Municipality Project'.
Global framework agreement with Nordic farming giant, Lantmannen
A global framework agreement with Lantmannen provides all parts of their business with access to our full range of environmental and energy services. The agreement covers 12 specified countries and follows a successful period where we have monitored and reported on legislative issues that affect their operations. Lantmannen is one of the Nordic area's largest Groups within food, energy and agriculture. The Group, owned by 37,000 Swedish farmers has 10,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 35 billion.
WSP help Baltic city mayors COMBAT climate change
WSP is Project Manager on an initiative called COMBAT - a covenant of mayors in the Baltic region. Involved in the initiative are the cities of Helsinki, Riga, Tallinn, in addition to Stockholm. The aim is to produce guidelines for mayors to help them reduce CO2 emissions and set strategies and goals for energy management. WSP is enabling knowledge transfer between the participating cities with the aim to help them understand how to develop strategic plans, and appropriate guidelines and how to communicate with stakeholders and the public.