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Organisation of environmental management at EVN

Careful interaction with natural resources and an active contribution to climate protection have high priority for EVN. It is no coincidence that two key issues on EVN’s materiality matrix are directed exactly to these issues.

Organisation of environmental management at EVN

The staff department for environmental protection and controlling, which reports directly to the Executive Board, is responsible for recording and analysing the ecological impact of the company’s activities with regard to the use of resources, energy and water consumption, emissions, biodiversity, transport, wastewater and waste. Based on its analyses, the department supports the operating units in preventing or minimising their effects on the environment. It therefore plays a central role in the management of sustainability issues at EVN, above all in the areas of “environmental protection and resource conservation” and “sustainable energy generation and climate protection” as shown on the EVN materiality matrix.

EVN’s fundamental goals and values for these areas are defined in the environmental policy statement. It includes, for example, standards for the minimisation of environmental influence, resource conservation through the use of state-of-the-art environmental engineering and the continuous improvement of environmental performance.

EMAS certification

EVN’s environmental management system – which, as an integrated management system, also includes occupational safety standards – is certified according to ISO 14001 and EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme). These certifications cover the thermal power plants in Lower Austria as well as 49 heat generation plants. In 2015/16 the thermal waste utilisation plant in Zwentendorf/Dürnrohr was also audited under ISO 14001 and EMAS and is expected to be included in the EMAS register at the end of 2016.

The Advisory Committee for Environmental and Social Responsibility – its 28 members advise the Executive Board on environmental and sustainability issues – was reconstituted in spring 2016. The first meeting of the newly constituted committee took place in autumn 2016.

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