Adverse impacts are mainly associated with alterations of existing habitats for animals and plants through the use of land or through emissions. Power plants and energy infrastructure can also create barriers that obstruct or alter animals' natural migration patterns.
Our approach to biodiversity management includes introducing biodiversity considerations early in project and site planning, increased attention on biodiversity in permit procedures, and enhanced communication of our activities in order to increase transparency and meet the expectations of public stakeholders.
Vattenfall is active in biodiversity research, mainly in the wind and hydro power areas, with the aim of increasing knowledge in order to better conduct our operations with the smallest possible impact.
Examples of achievements 2016
- Committed GBP 3 million to support a Habitat Management Plan to deliver key restoration and conservation priorities at our Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in the UK.
- Active in various research programmes in partnership with industry and other key stakeholders to learn more about the impact of onshore and offshore wind farms on birds and marine mammals.
- Construction of a fish passage at the Långed hydro power station in the Upperudsälven river.
- Trapping and transportation of spawning European eels past hydro power stations in the Göta älv river between Lake Vänern and the Kattegatt sea.
- Biotope restoration of tributaries to the Säveån, Upperudsälven, Göta älv and Luleälven rivers.
- Increasing passage efficiency for spawning salmon and sea trout in the old river channel downstream from Stornorrfors hydro power station in the Ume älv river.
Challenges we have
Vattenfall's diversified production portfolio entails a vast number of impacts, and finding uniform ways of working across the organisation is a challenge. Another challenge involves finding acceptable ways of balancing local aspects against overarching climate targets, which may be the case with respect to renewable energy production.
Our planned activities
Vattenfall will continue its efforts to identify and develop new, voluntarily protected areas. In the Nordic market the concept of ecological compensation is being developed and spread in new projects. The biodiversity programme in the hydro power operations will continue.