Biodiversity

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

Conservation and diversity

A vast biodiversity of animals and plants ist especially important for a thriving environment. To safeguard and improve biodiversity 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 bypasses and from the many bypass arms. These species can overcome barrages and continue their migration through fish bypasses. We are developing additional habitats along our watercourses and creating places of retreat for rare plant and animal species like amphibians, insects and birds. Restructuring measures and morphological alterations include for example the establishment of shallow water zones and additional side channels. Thus, we pay attention to linking new measures with existing projects, in order to generate synergies.

Experts regularly carry out ornithological monitoring at our wind parks in order to investigate the effects on the habitat and the breeding behaviour of various bird species. We implement measures and create biotopes for animal protection along transmission lines.

Successful species protection projects include the promotion of bird species such as the great bustard, saker falcon, hoopoe or Ural owl. Biotope protection projects focus on transmission routes in forests which are popular retreats, breeding sites or feeding grounds for animals such as birds, insects or mammals. These areas can also be valuable habitats for rare and endangered plant species.  In intensively used agricultural areas, the areas under the poles are specially designed, so that they can serve as a refuge for many plants and animals

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 additional information 2 Species**  GRI-Disclosure 
Fish pass hydro power plant Gries Fish pass Salzach   Press release 6/2019   304-3
Fish pass Kraftwerk Edling - Völkermarkter Stausee 2

Fish pass
Water adaptation

Drava   

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

Hydro power plant Edling

  304-3
Fish pass hydro power plant Annabrücke 2 Fish pass Drava      Hydro power plant Annabrücke
  304-3
Fish pass hydro power plant Garsten Fish pass Enns     Hydro power plant Garsten
  304-3
Fish pass hydro power plant Staning

Fish pass

Enns    

Hydro power plant Staning

  304-3
Fish pass hydro power plant Graz              Fish pass Mur     Hydro power plant Graz-Puntigam    304-3
Structuring Stauraum Abwinden-Asten 2 Morphologic improvement Danube     

Press release "Groundbreaking" 4/2019  2

LIFE+ Network Danube measures

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

Hydro power plant Altenwörth

News Traisen2

  304-3
Fish pass hydro power plant Feldkirchen Fish pass Inn     Hydro power plant Feldkirchen   304-3
Fish pass hydro power plant Lebring Fish pass Mur     Hydro power plant Lebring    304-3
Fish pass hydro power plant  Stammham  Fish pass
Inn     Hydro power plant Stammham    304-3 
Fish pass hydro power plant  Perach 
Fish pass
Inn
    Hydro power plant Perach    304-3
Fish pass hydro power plant Wasserburg 
Fish pass
Inn     Hydro power plant Wasserburg   304-3
Structuring Stauraum hydro power plant Ering-Frauenstein  Morphologic improvement Inn
    Hydro power plant Ering   304-3
Fish pass hydro power plant Ering-Frauenstein  Fish pass Inn
      304-3
Habitat-improving measures for protection of fish populations other ecological measures
Inn     Article in "Auenmagazin"1,2   304-3
Fish stock monitoring with video  other ecological measures Drava      Video:  Fishmonitoring    304-3
Sustainable Rivermanagement  Research      
  304-3
Huchen - Danube salmon - Homing
other ecological measure Danube      Video: Huchen catching at the Traisen Huchen (EN)
304-3
Ornithologic monitoring Windpark Petronell-Carnuntum Offset habitat Wind       Little owl (EN)
Imperial eagle (CR) 
EU13
Monitoring offset habitats Windpark Hollern II
Offset habitat Wind      

Grey partridge (VU)
European quail (NT)
Stock dove (NT)

EU13
Species conservation saker falcon2 Promoting biodiversity Power Grid    
Saker falcon (CR)  304-3
Species conservation Eurasian hoopoe2 Promoting biodiversity Power Grid       Eurasian hoopoe (CR)  304-3

* Link to information contains descriptions of VERBUND projects extracted from "Implemented measures of Austrian hydropower within the framework of the national water management plans"; 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: www.auenzentrum-neuburg-ingolstadt.de (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 documentation of the Austrian Federal Environment Agency (German only), 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). 

For further questions or if you would like to get information on project from previous years please send an email to sustainability@verbund.com.