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Sector supplements – Society

EU19 Inclusion of stakeholders in decision-making processes

EVN is aware of the social effects of its business activities domestically and abroad and factors them in according to international agreements, national legislation and beyond.

EVN supports the early, comprehensive and open inclusion of stakeholders in decision-making processes especially for examinations on the environmental and social compatibility of major new projects. From small-scale hydropower plants, pipeline projects, and wind parks to waste incineration plants – in all these projects, EVN actively includes residents, citizens’ groups, NGOs, political representatives, local initiatives and associations in planning and realisation. EVN regards these stakeholders as valuable planning partners. Early inclusion is the basis of broad acceptance, provides valuable information on the most resource-saving realisation possible, and is a decisive prerequisite for planning certainty (“licence to operate“).

Clear principles of evn naturkraft in the field of wind energy – fair policy

Fairness for the public: Priority for community plots.
Fair practice: No planning without community consent. Mayors are the first to contact before getting in touch with property owners.
Fair Play: No playing off the communities against property owners.
Fair information: evn naturkraft plans and operates windpower plants with the people and not against them. Therefore, the company informs early, honestly and comprehensively – ranging from information evenings and conversations with local groups and stakeholders to discussion rounds.
Fairness for the residents: Windpower plants with a minimum of disturbances through close cooperation with residents and the best technology.

EU20 Involuntary relocations
EU22 Relocations during the reporting year

EVN is strictly opposed to any forced relocation and physical or economic expulsion and complies with relevant international guidelines and national legislation. Prior to new projects, examinations of environmental and social compatibility are conducted, covering all these aspects. No relocations were recorded during the reporting year.

EU21 Crisis, emergency and contingency plans and relevant training programmes

For all its business activities, EVN has comprehensive crisis, emergency and contingency plans, especially for risk scenarios that may affect the population, and performs the relevant training programmes. In Lower Austria, internal and external training programmes in crisis management are performed. At all EVN sites crisis scenarios are simulated. Emergency staff are constantly trained. There are also annual training programmes for all duty personnel and annual security training programmes for all employees. Also in Bulgaria and Macedonia, a crisis management system has been developed.



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