The quarrying of granite is governed by the Land Extraction Act and requires an environmental permit. Palin Granit complies with the requirements set forth by authorities and continually tracks the development of Finland’s environmental legislation. We ensure the license conditions and environmental codes in our daily operations by continually upgrading the internal control and staff training in our company. We use the best environmental practises in our production. For instance, in 2010-11 we have conducted an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) in the quarry area of Aurora in Mäntsälä.
One of the most visible environmental effects of quarrying is the alteration of the landscape. The change can be lessened through landscape mitigation. In the final stages of operation, the area is cleaned up and saplings are planted in places where reforestation has not already naturally begun. The quarry is usually filled with surface water and rainwater, and can then be used as a freshwater reservoir or recreation area.
Sustainable development and material efficiency
Leftover stone is produced in connection with quarrying. This leftover stone does not fulfil the high quality demands we have set for our granite blocks. However, leftover stone itself is a pure raw material, which can be utilised in various ways. We have used it in roads and breakwater constructions, or as granite blocks. We are continuously conducting studies on the potential uses of leftover stone for today and the future.
Waste management and machinery maintenance
Quarrying, like other industrial operations, produces waste through use of machines and other materials. We sort our waste, recycle as much as possible and deliver it to the proper processing locations. In addition to the quarries, our company also has two machine repair shops, which maintain our quarry machinery. The condition of the machines is an essential factor in both the quality of the work and the environmental effects of quarrying.