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full-service  provider  for  all  areas  of  energy  and  energy-  expansion. The development of new products and services
                    related services.                             tailored to customer requirements is paramount in order to
                                                                  offer integrated solutions.

                    Complex and ever-changing framework conditions require
                    efficient structures, a willingness to embrace change and a
                    high capacity for innovation. Following the philosophy “act   As  a  green  company,  KELAG  concentrates  on  using  and
                    not react”, an innovation campaign was launched in 2016   expanding renewable energy sources. We are deliberately
                    and rigorously pursued in the past year. The focus was on   committed  to  sustainability  in  our  corporate  philosophy
                    topics which we will pursue also in the coming year – such   and in our entrepreneurial activity. We aim to be able to
                    as digitalisation, and open innovation activities as well as   strike  an  optimal  balance  between  business  stability,
                    the further development of strategic lines of business.   supply   reliability,   climate   protection   and   social
                                                                  responsibility for the long term.
                    The highlight of our open innovation activities so far, the
                    KELAG GreenUps Challenge, has engendered cooperations   We  will  again  actively  communicate  and  promote  our
                    with young companies and provided valuable insights that   commitment to climate protection and renewable energies
                    will  be  incorporated  into  our  future  activities.  The   in  2019.  Our  aim  is  to  further  strengthen  our
                    programme  for  2019,  for  example,  includes  the  Clean   entrepreneurial activities geared to sustainability in order
                    Energy  Design  Thinking  Challenge,  a  competition   to  clearly  develop  and  further  enhance  KELAG’s  green
                    sponsored  by  SAP  University  and  the  University  of   image. In addition, we will show our customers how they
                    Klagenfurt,  in  which  the  participants  develop  business   can make a contribution to climate protection.
                    models in cooperation with the participating companies.
                                                                  We are intensifying the open and equal dialogue with our
                    Digitalisation will continue to play a key role in the coming   stakeholders regarding the opportunities and risks of the
                    year.  Focus  will  be  placed  on  identifying  potential  for   new energy concept and our entrepreneurial activity.
                    digitalisation  as  part  of  assessments  carried  out  in  the
                    business  units  and  on  prioritising  this potential  with  the
                    aim  of  identifying  necessary  measures  and  optimising
                    processes. In addition, last year a digital trainee programme
                    was launched, an initiative that enables six new employees
                    with special competencies and qualifications in the area of   In addition to the sustainable positioning of our company,
                    digitalisation  to  contribute  their  skills  to  innovative   consistent  market  and  customer  orientation,  operational
                    digitalisation initiatives. Together with targeted incentives   excellence, cost management as well as digitalisation and
                    for learning, the digital competencies in the company are   the  improvement  of  our  innovative  capacity  are  key
                    thus to be strengthened and at the same time digitalisation   management  tasks  in  order  to  ensure  the  flexibility  and
                    projects promoted.                            future sustainability of our company. In this context, we are
                                                                  continuing the “kelag2025” development project started in
                    Additional focus will be placed on the further development   the financial year 2014 in a targeted manner. In the future,
                    of  fields  related  to  the  core  business,  e-mobility,   we will align our products, processes and organisation even
                    photovoltaics,  energy  management  and  broadband   more closely with the market, examine their efficiency and
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