Environmental Management Commissioner
Conserving the environment and preserving natural habitats are key operational imperatives for us. We aim for sustainable and resource-conserving energy distribution.
As an operator of major infrastructure with a long tradition, we have a vested interested in keeping the environment clean and nature intact. Our commitment to nature and man feels like a natural duty to the region in which we operate.
On our estates we carry out assessments of the environmental risks which could emerge in that area, initially by undertaking historical research. We do this to check whether the current and former usage of an area could present any dangers to the soil, groundwater, nature or humans.
If there is any concrete suspicion of damaging soil or groundwater contamination, we work with the relevant authorities to create tailored hazard prevention measures.
Overhead cables near stork nests represent a danger, particularly to young birds.
Installing stork protection flags on high voltage overhead cables can help with this. The flags consist of several white and black fabric strips which are mounted on the overhead cables 15 to 20 metres apart. As storks find these vertical structures easier to spot, they can identify and avoid the cables in time. Experience over the past five years shows that on cables which have been equipped with stork flags, the number of baby storks falling victim has reduced to zero.
The advent of nesting boxes for smaller birds, e.g. on the overhead cable masts, represents another bird protection method which is important to us.