VERBUND does its part for environmental protection and takes measures to keep and enhance biodiversity 

Conservation and diversity

To safeguard or improve biodiversity, the species diversity of animals and plants, VERBUND invests in environmental protection and in ecological measures. Expenditure of around 280 million euros is anticipated until 2027 for land restoration measures and the creation of river continuity projects.

Restoring the continuity of major rivers is one of the key objectives of the European Water Framework Directive. We fulfil this, wherever possible, through new, near-natural accompanying waterbodies. Not only fish, but also all organisms in and around the habitat of water benefit from fish passes and from the many bypass arms. We are developing additional habitats along our watercourses and creating places of retreat for rare species. In doing so, we pay attention to linking them with existing projects, in order to optimise the synergies of the measures taken to protect the environment.

Fish passes

Various solutions are possible for the unobstructed transit of power plants.

Fish passes at VERBUND
EU LIFE flag blowing in the wind, with river landscape in the background

Environmental partner projects at VERBUND

Our partners in government and society support us on numerous environmental projects. We are especially proud of the support received from the European Union in the form of funds from the EU LIFE+ fund and from the ministries, provincial governments and fisheries associations. Combining resources allows large-scale measures of cross-border benefit for the environment.

Projects and measures

VERBUND provides a selection of the projects and measures for the protection of biodiversity here in an overview.

Name of project/measure; link to information* Type Area Habitat Fauna/Flora GRI-Disclosure Species**
additional information 2
Fish pass hydro power plant Paternion 2 Fish pass Drava   304-3
Hydro power plant Paternion
Fish pass Kraftwerk Edling - Völkermarkter Stausee 2

Fish pass
Water adaptation

Drava    304-3

Press release "Carinthia's highest fish ladder"5/2019 2

Hydro power plant Edling

Fish pass hydro power plant Annabrücke 2 Fish pass Drava      304-3   Hydro power plant Annabrücke
Fish pass hydro power plant St. Veit 2
Fish pass Salzach     304-3   Hydro power plant St. Veit
Fish pass hydro power plant  Ottensheim-Wilhering 2

Fish pass

Danube     304-3  

Press release "Natura 2000 Award" 6/2018 2

Hydro power plant Ottensheim-Wilhering

LIFE+ Network Danube measures

Fish pass Pesenbach Stauraum Ottensheim-Wilhering 2 

Fish pass Danube     304-3
Fish pass Große Rodl Stauraum Ottensheim-Wilhering 2  Fish pass Danube     304-3
Structuring Stauraum Abwinden-Asten 2 Morphologic improvement Danube      304-3

Press release "Groundbreaking" 4/2019  2

LIFE+ Network Danube measures

Fish pass Abwinden-Asten 2 Fish pass Danube      304-3   
Fish pass hydro power plant Altenwörth 2 Fish pass Danube      304-3

Hydro power plant Altenwörth

News Traisen2

Fish pass hydro power plant  Greifenstein 2 Fish pass Danube

Press release Greifenstein 4/20182

LIFE+ Network Danube measures

Video Fish pass Greifenstein 

Fish pass hydro power plant  Nußdorf 2 Fish pass

Blog article 8/2017 Nußdorf2

Fish pass hydro power plant Lebring Fish pass Mur     304-3   Hydro power plant Lebring 
Fish pass hydro power plant  Stammham  Fish pass
Inn     304-3
  Hydro power plant Stammham 
Fish pass hydro power plant  Perach 
Fish pass
  Hydro power plant Perach 
Structuring Stauraum Melk 2
Morphologic improvement
    304-3    LIFE+ Network Danube measures
Structuring Stauraum hydro power plant Ering-Frauenstein  Morphologic improvement Inn
    304-3    Hydro power plant Ering
Fish pass hydro power plant Ering-Frauenstein  Fish pass Inn
Habitat-improving measures for protection of fish populations
Inn     304-3
  Article in "Auenmagazin"1,2
Fish stock monitoring with video  other ecological measure Drava      304-3
  Video:  Fishmonitoring 
Sustainable Rivermanagement  Research       304-3  
Huchen - Danube salmon - Homing
other ecological measure Danube      304-3 Huchen (EN) Video: Huchen catching at the Traisen
Ornithologic monitoring Windpark Petronell-Carnuntum Offset habitat Wind     EU13 Little owl (EN)
Imperial eagle (CR) 
Monitoring offset habitats Windpark Hollern II
Offset habitat Wind     EU13 Grey partridge (VU)
European quail (NT)
Stock dove (NT)
Species conservation saker falcon2 Promoting biodiversity Power Grid     304-3 Saker falcon (CR)
Species conservation Eurasian hoopoe2 Promoting biodiversity Power Grid     304-3
Eurasian hoopoe (CR)  

* Link to information contains descriptions of VERBUND projects extracted from "The National Water Management Plan 2009: Implemented Measures of Austrian Hydropower"; Publisher: Österreichs E-Wirtschaft

** Project for protection of certain species in brackets: specification of endangerment according to red data book 
CR ... Critically endangered, EN ... Endangered, VU ... Vulnerable , NT ...  Near Threatened

1 Extract from "Auenmagazin 11/2017 - Magazin des Auenzentrums Neuburg a. d. Donau in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bayerischen Landesamt für Umwelt" 
Website: (German only)

2 German only

If projects are subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the information is available on the public websites of the environmental authorities: 
In Austria in the EIA database of the Austrian Federal Environment Agency, e.g. the EIA decision (German only) for the LIFE+ Traisen project.
In Germany in the nationwide EIA database (German only) or the database of the German federal states (German only). 

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