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Evli helps in saving the Baltic Sea

Evli, together with the John Nurminen Foundation, continues to save the Baltic Sea

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Evli is continuing its cooperation with the John Nurminen Foundation. The Foundation, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, was originally established to preserve the cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea, and soon after its establishment, the protection of the Baltic became an important part of the Foundation’s activities. Evli wants to play its part in this work to protect our home sea.

Evli’s support to the John Nurminen Foundation focuses on projects that improve the marine environment by reducing pollution and environmental problems in the Baltic Sea. What appeals to Evli in the partnership is that the Foundation is taking concrete and effective action to save the Baltic Sea. The most critical step in the work for our home sea is the reduction of eutrophication.

“Our projects have had a huge impact on the eutrophication of the Gulf of Finland. We consider the enhanced phosphorus removal at the St. Petersburg wastewater treatment plant to be a real breakthrough. Another major achievement has been the improved phosphorus removal from the fertilizer factory by the river Luga. These projects alone reduce the annual phosphorus load in the Baltic Sea by 1000 tonnes,” says Annamari Arrakoski-Engardt, CEO of the Foundation.

“The Baltic Sea has always been important to Evli and it means a lot to us that we can be involved in helping to protect it. We are impressed by the fact that the John Nurminen Foundation and its partners have a proven track record, for example, in reducing the nutrient load in the Baltic Sea and decreasing the risk of oil spills,” says Maunu Lehtimäki, CEO of Evli.

The Baltic Sea is saveable

The Baltic Sea is one of the most polluted seas in the world, being shallow and less saline than other seas and more vulnerable to environmental change.

“The good news is that it is not too late to save the Baltic Sea. When eutrophication is reduced, marine biodiversity improves and the resilience of this diverse sea to environmental change increases,” says Arrakoski-Engardt.

“The work for the good of the Baltic Sea will not be completed overnight, which is why Evli has a strong will to continue supporting the John Nurminen Foundation over the long term,” says Lehtimäki.

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