As a responsible energy and environmental services provider, EVN considers the dimensions “People”, “Environment” and “Economy” as three interrelated parts of a whole and works to achieve a balance between the requirements of the different interest groups. Sustainability aspects and the related objectives represent an integral part of the corporate strategy and play an important role in achieving and maintaining steady growth in the company’s value. The EVN Group’s internal and external reporting also includes a number of specific indicators to monitor CSR activities. A selection of the most important non-financial indicators for EVN is presented in this chapter.
|Working at EVN||2015/16||2014/15||2013/14|
|Number of employees||Average||6,830||6,973||7,314|
|Proportion of women||%||22.6||21.9||21.4|
|Training and educational expenses1)||EURm||1.8||1.9||2.3|
|Training and educational expenses per employee1)||EUR||263.4||275.7||310.4|
|Training hours per employee||Hours||27.2||30.7||34.9|
|1) Seminar cost, trainers, e-learning|
EVN as a responsible employer
The share of women in the workforce equalled 22.6% in 2015/16. EVN launched the “Women@EVN” programme in 2010/11, above all to improve the conditions that traditionally have a greater negative effect on women than on men. The goals are to guarantee equal opportunities for women and men and to increase the share of women at EVN.
EVN is well aware of the high strategic importance of its qualified workforce. Consequently, the protection and expansion of this high level of expertise represent a focal point for human resources management. The EVN Academy is responsible for the organisation and coordination of training and professional development opportunities for the Group’s employees in Austria, Bulgaria and Macedonia.
Occupational safety and accident prevention form an important focal point for all corporate units in the EVN Group. A high level of safety is guaranteed, in particular, by training and awareness-raising measures.
Supply security, environmental protection and resource conservation, sustainable energy generation and climate protection
A flexible generation mix is of decisive importance to ensure supply security and protect EVN’s future viability. The further expansion of energy generation from renewable sources – in particular windpower and hydropower as well as biomass and photovoltaics – therefore represents a key element of the company’s strategy. EVN’s goal is to sustainably raise the share of renewable energies in its total electricity production. In 2015/16, renewable energy sources were responsible for 34.5% of EVN’s total electricity production. Activities in the home market of Lower Austria are directed, above all, to expanding windpower production to raise this generation capacity from the current level of roughly 268 MW to more than 300 MW over the medium term.
|Share of renewable energy in the total energy generation mix||%||34.5||43.1||42.5|
|Generation capacity from windpower||MW||268||250||213|
In addition to ecological responsibility, EVN also carries an economic responsibility that is reflected in the goal to generate 30% of its electricity sales volumes from its own production or procurement rights. This coverage ratio equalled 32.1% in 2015/16.
Innovation, research and development
The most important areas in EVN’s materiality matrix define, among others, the framework for the company’s innovation, research and development activities. Projects are focused primarily on protecting the environment and resources, safeguarding supply security and defending EVN’s competitive position. The goals are to develop solutions for a low-emission future, a more efficient use of energy and a decentralised energy system based on customers’ needs.
Innovation projects are increasingly planned and carried out with state-of-the-art methods such as the Design Thinking and Business Model Canvas, depending on the specific requirements. Research projects involve cooperation between different areas of the company and collaboration with numerous partners from science and industry wherever feasible and required. Since EVN concentrates on applied research and development, its know-how is complemented by the expertise of scientific cooperation partners who focus on basic research. The exchange of experience in national and international projects not only adds to the success of EVN’s projects, but also supports universities and public research institutions with up-to-date research topics and makes an important contribution to the qualified and practice-oriented education of students.
EVN spent EUR 1.6m (of which 14.4% were financed through public subsidies) on innovation, research and development projects in 2015/16. The focal points of the research which were continued or extended during the reporting year include, among others:
- Projects to utilise the surplus production from renewable generation, e. g. through energy storage and/or the combination of energy storage and conversion and through demand side management (power-to-heat, power-to-gas)
- Projects involving large battery storage
- Smart grid projects to examine storage opportunities and their interaction with other components from generation, networks and consumption
- Projects related to “virtual power plants”
- Projects related to “decentralised energy solutions”
- The “Green Storage Grid Project” to examine innovative heat accumulators and the opportunities for their use to increase the flexibility of combined heat and power plants
- Projects to improve energy efficiency and optimise energy requirements for energy and environmental equipment
- Follow-up project “CO2USE” involving CO2 separation equipment at EVN’s Dürnrohr power plant, which will use biotechnological methods to convert the CO2 from the generation process into biodegradable plastic
The EVN trend monitor, which was introduced in 2013/14, was continued and improved during the reporting year. This innovation initiative is a Group-wide platform managed by EVN experts that enables all employees to share and follow media contributions and information on the latest trends and technologies relevant for EVN. The trend monitor supports the open exchange of information, strengthens employees’ knowledge base and, in the end, serves as a source of inspiration for the development of new ideas and business models.