Protect nature and species, and safeguard biodiversity

All forms of energy production have impacts on biodiversity. 

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 strategy

Safeguard biodiversity through activities related to existing plants, restoration and compensation efforts, voluntary nature conservation, environmental analyses of new projects and through participation in research and development projects.

Our targets

  • Develop action plans for dealing with impacts on biodiversity.

Examples of achievements 2014

  • Collaboration project focusing on the Ume River ecosystem.
  • Wind power R&D programme.
  • Restoration of landscape at the Welzow–Süd open cast mine.

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.

Last updated: 2015-04-08 15:16