Other social involvement
In addition to creating jobs, paying taxes and fees, increasing demand for local goods and services and securing the power supply, the Group’s activities also contribute to society in other ways.
By-products of production
A by-product of watercourse development is a surplus of material in the form of rock and crushed stone. This material is delivered to depots which can be used for local community development. Our Production business area works to ensure that surplus material can be used locally as part of road construction, cement production or other purposes that benefit society.
Children and young people
The Group has set up funds to support the activities of children and youth in their local communities. Our Networks business area collaborates with the local newspaper Romerikes Blad on the Romeriksfondet (The Romerike Fund), which awards funding to teams and Associations several times a year. The winners are decided in part by a jury and in part through voting among the readers of Romerikes Blad. The winners are presented in the newspaper.
Our Production business area provides financial support for sports teams, associations and young sporting and cultural talents in the local communities where we have major production facilities, such as in Aurland, Hallingdal and Østfold. E-CO Energi is a partner for the Energy Centre at Hunderfossen Family Park, an experience centre that focuses on hydropower and other renewable energy. E-CO Energi has also created a display centre on the environment and power Production at our premises in Gol.
Innovation and branding
Innovative is one of the Group’s values. Innovative means, among other things, the ability to continuously improve and challenge the operations. At Hafslund E-CO, our employees are searching for the solutions of tomorrow and our collaboration with StartupLab is part of our efforts to strengthen innovation work in the Group. Hafslund E-CO is also the main partner for Ungt Entreprenørskap (Young Entrepreneurship), an organisation that inspires young people in Oslo and Østfold to be innovative and create value.
Climate and the environment
Hafslund E-CO collaborates with the environmental organisations Bellona and Zero. Bellona and Zero both have a strong professional apparatus and are good sparring partners for the Group on the issues of energy Production and energy supply. Together, the Group and its partners work for a better environment locally and globally.
Our Networks business area has partnerships with the humanitarian aid organisation Engineers Without Borders (EWB), which provides opportunities for the Group’s employees to engage in humanitarian work locally and globally.
Networks’ partnership with the Norwegian volunteer organisation Natteravnene (the Night Ravens) includes both financial support and involvement in the local community. Through this partnership, the Group’s employees have the opportunity to show their social commitment both as employees and as private individuals.
Our Production business area partners with the Norwegian Red Cross. The largest share of our support goes to international “Water for Life” projects. Clean water is crucial not only in the acute phase after disasters, but also in long-term humanitarian work. Further support for the Red Cross goes to Norwegian Red Cross Search and Rescue Corps, primarily in the areas where the company operates.
Production also partners with the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation. This partnership contributes to enhancing the expertise of the emergency services personnel in Hallingdal. With its helicopter base in Ål, the Norwegian Air Ambulance provides safe, fast and efficient ambulance service for the entire region.
Hafslund E-CO owns and manages Hafslund Manor in Sarpsborg. Since the 1400s, Hafslund Manor has been a manor house of international quality. Today, it offers a beautiful historical backdrop for courses, conferences, weddings and other special events. The manor is used both internally and externally in a variety of ways. The main house is open for guided tours and certain events. The park is always open to the public.
On the road to a renewable and fully electric future
Environment, sustainability and corporate social responsibility are central to Hafslund E-CO. By working continuously on projects that contribute to lasting value creation, such as by replacing fossil energy sources with clean energy, the Group plays an important role in a sustainable society on the road to a renewable and fully electric future.
Clean, renewable energy is a part of the climate solutions of the future. Producing and delivering renewable energy is Hafslund E-CO’s most significant climate contribution.