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Overview of the core strategies

The six most important areas of activity in the EVN materiality matrix form the basis for the corporate strategy. They were set in the context of the sector environment for the energy and environmental services business as well as current trends which, from today’s perspective, will have a decisive influence on EVN’s activities and success over the medium and long term. This analysis led to the definition of the following core strategies for the individual areas of activity.

Supply security (electricity, natural gas and heat)

Sector environment and trends

International energy markets in transition

  • Energy transformation leads to distortions on the energy markets
  • Strain on networks due to the transport of rising and volatile feed-in of renewable energy

Increasing demand for balancing energy and the management of shortages to protect network stability

Our strategy

Focus on our integrated business model and commitment to a diversified value chain

Strengthening of our stable activities in the home market of Lower Austria through a EUR 1bn investment programme, which was started in the financial year 2013/14 and will cover four financial years; approximately 70% of the total volume will be used to expand the network infrastructure

Support for the system conversion towards renewable generation

  • Continuous, future-oriented expansion of our network infrastructure in Lower Austria
  • Provision of our thermal power plants as reserve capacity to stabilise the networks and protect supply security

Supply security (water)

Sector environment and trends

Increase in weather-related drinking water shortages through more frequent periods with high temperatures and low precipitation

Urbanisation and rising water consumption in urban areas

Increasing demands on water quality (e.g. hardness of the water)

Our strategy

Sustainable and economical expansion of the supply infrastructure

  • Investments to improve the natural water quality and pipeline infrastructure
  • Maintenance of high-quality, ecologically sustainable drinking water supplies in Lower Austria

Focus on customers

Sector environment and trends

Increasing competition in the end customer market

Our strategy

Intensification of customer closeness/service

Positioning as a regional provider in Lower Austria with a broad product offering

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Sustainable energy generation and climate protection

Sector environment and trends

Climate protection and energy transition

  • Climate goals set by the UN Climate Conference in Paris 2015
  • Sustainable Development Goals (UN goals for sustainable development)

Our strategy

Increase in environmentally friendly energy generation through the further expansion of renewable generation capacity, above all from wind, hydropower and biomass

  • Increase in windpower capacity to more than 300 MW over the medium term
  • Investments in biomass plants and networks

Responsible employer

Sector environment and trends

Search for the best talents

Growing flexibility of the working world

Employee health as a corporate goal

Our strategy

Continuous increase in the high level of workforce skills to meet the demands for technical experts and managers

Working models to harmonise work and family life and maintain the work-family balance

Career development opportunities for female employees through the programme “Women@EVN”

Increase in occupational safety and expansion of target group-specific health programmes

Environmental protection and resource conservation

Sector environment and trends

Climate protection and energy transition

  • Climate goals set by the UN Climate Conference in Paris 2015
  • Sustainable Development Goals (UN goals for sustainable development)

Our strategy

Broad range of products and services to increase energy efficiency

Innovation, development and research projects (e.g. energy storage, carbon capture and use projects, load management)

Sustainable increase in shareholder value

Sector environment and trends

Energy supplies in South Eastern Europe between challenging framework conditions and substantial future potential

At the international level, specific regional characteristics and conditions call for individual solutions for municipal water supplies and wastewater disposal

Digitalisation and smart technologies

Our strategy

Efficiency improvements in the operating business of our companies in South Eastern Europe

Focus on measures to reduce network losses and improve collection rates

Concentration of our solution expertise in the international project business on selected orders to provide added value for our customers and create the basis for our economic success

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Alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The high significance of sustainability for the management of EVN is also illustrated by the efforts to evaluate current CSR developments with regard to their importance for the company as quickly as possible. EVN’s areas of activity were therefore analysed in 2015/16 from the viewpoint of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which took effect on 1 January 2016. The analysis also identified the elements in EVN‘s CSR programme that are already making a specific contribution to attaining these goals. The following overview provides examples of the analysis results based on EVN’s six most important areas of activity:

    Supply security
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • No poverty
  • Clean water and sanitation
    Focus on customers
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Reduced inequalities
    Sustainable energy generation and climate protection
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Decent work and economic growth
    Responsible employer
  • Good health and well-being
  • Quality education
  • Gender equality
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • No poverty
  • Reduced inequalities
    Environmental protection and resource conservation
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Life below water
  • Life on land
    Sustainable increase in corporate value
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Climate action
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Partnerships for the goals

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