L’Instrument Financier pour l’Environnement (or LIFE, for short) is a financial instrument for the funding of environmental measures across the EU and in selected EU candidate, accession and neighbouring countries.
Hydropower as a solution for ecology and environment: LIFE projects at VERBUND
LIFE+ Traisen, LIFE+ Network Danube, LIFE Network Danube Plus, LIFE Riverscape Lower Inn, LIFE Project Blue Belt Danube Inn: six projects that are taking a coordinated approach to restoring lost habitats. This way, we combine sustainable electricity generation with sustainable biodiversity.
In order for hydropower to become even more sustainable, we are closing the gaps in our power plant chain and reconnecting disparate habitats into one interconnected habitat.
Because the more interconnected a habitat, the more stable the ecosystem. In future, fish and other aquatic life will be able to migrate from the Iron Gate to Bavaria. We are thus returning to the Danube, Inn and other rivers what they deserve and combining sustainable electricity generation with sustainable biodiversity.
Thanks to our projects, it will become possible to reverse the developments of the centuries-old history of human interventions in river courses and recreate lost habitats. In this way, hydropower is becoming part of the solution for ecology and the environment.
Our thanks go to the project partners, above all the EU, which is enabling these projects with means from the LIFE+ fund.
Of the planned investments in land restoration and fish passes of 280 million euros by 2027, we have already spent 150 million euros on the future of hydropower.
The coordinated approach to the projects on the Danube and Inn will ensure maximum impact. This can be measured not in kilowatt hours, but exclusively in ecological improvements.
Our LIFE projects in Austria and Bavaria
LIFE programme of the EU
LIFE project Blue Belt Danube Inn: fish passes and river restoration on the Inn and Danube
The planned LIFE Blue Belt Danube Inn project aims at connecting precious habitats on the Inn and Danube with each other and improving the habitat conditions within the Natura 2000 areas. The measures complement completed and ongoing LIFE projects on the Danube and Inn.
LIFE Riverscape Lower Inn
The LIFE Network Danube Plus project
Lower Austria's longest fish bypass was also created in Altenwörth. In Greifenstein, fish-friendly measures in the "Gießgang" have reconnected the Schmida and Göllersbach rivers to the Danube again without barriers.