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In  the  financial  year  2019,  around  40,000  m³  of  district
           Around two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water,   heating water was required as conditioned fresh water to
           but only one percent of it is drinking water. A large part of   top up the quantities lost due to drainage, burst pipes, and
           the fresh water withdrawn today is not for household use,   leakage.  The  feed  water  used  for  steam  generation  is
           but for agriculture and industry.             provided  directly  by  the  customers  in  the  form  of  fresh
                                                         water and condensate in most of the steam power plants
           Due  to  the  natural  landscape  conditions  in  the  state  of   and returned in the form of steam. For these power plants,
           Carinthia,  the  use  of  water  as  a  raw  material  has  always   a  continuous  recording  of  consumption  is  therefore  not
           played  an  important  role  and  forms  the  main  pillar  of   suitable.
           electricity  generation  at  KELAG. The  use  of  water  power   GRI 303-3
           makes it possible to generate energy largely free of CO2 and
           offers the further advantage that the quality of the water is
           not affected in the electricity generation process.   All  normal  household  waste  water  is  discharged  via  the
                                                         municipal waste water network and subsequently recycled
           The topic of waste water in Austria is covered by a variety of   before it is released back into surface waters. The flow of
           federal and state regulations. At federal level, waste water   waste  water  stemming  from  the  production  plants  is
           is chiefly regulated by ordinances while at state level it is   continuously  monitored  for  quality  and  discharged  in
           governed by sewage laws and the fees prescribed by law.   accordance with the applicable environmental standards.
           Thresholds  for  effluents  are  officially  defined  by  the   The  standards  for  waste  water  discharge  are  legally
           authorities  in  waste  water  emissions  regulations  (AEV).   prescribed in all countries where companies are active.
           Ordinances  on  waste  water  emissions  with  specific
                                                           GRI 303-4
           maximum  quantities  of  harmful  substances  have  been
           issued  for  most  sectors  of  commerce  and  industry.
           Compliance with the thresholds is to be demonstrated and
                                                         The  infrastructure  projects  of  the  Group  are  generally
           documented  regularly  within  the  scope  of  internal  and
                                                         characterised by a high degree of complexity with respect
           external monitoring.
                                                         to biodiversity. This relates to all measures concerning the
             GRI 303-1
                                                         supply network as well as to various projects in connection
                                                         with  production  facilities.  In  all  areas,  integrating  the
                                                         licensing  authorities  responsible  in  a  timely  manner,  as
           As part of the sustainability efforts, water consumption at   early  as  the  planning  and  project  development  phase,
           every stage of the production and supply chains is to be   ensures  that  all  environment-related  effects  originating
           kept  as  low  as  possible.  In  the KELAG  Group,  water  as  a   from  the  project  are  taken  into  account.  Appropriate
           resource  is  mainly  used  for  normal  household  purposes   measures to prevent, eliminate or reduce the impact on the
           (e.g.,  sanitary  facilities  in  the  administrative  buildings)  as   environment  are  determined  in  cooperation  with  the
           well as process water (e.g., in heating grids). The volumes   authorities  responsible.  KELAG  has  set  itself  the  goal  to
           required  for  this  are  obtained  from  both  the  municipal   keep measures that modify the environment to a minimum.
           water supply as well as groundwater and well water. The
           portion that is taken from surface waters for production is   The small number of KELAG power plants located in or near
           released back chemically unchanged.           protected  areas  reaffirms  KELAG’s  objective  to  keep  its
                                                         impact on nature as low as possible. Currently, only 6 out of
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