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61  hydroelectric power  plants majority-owned  by  KELAG   environmentally  friendly  manner  in  accordance  with  the
                    are  located  in  such  an  area  worthy  of  protection.  Based   applicable  legal  requirements  of  the  relevant  waste
                    upon the national water management plan (NGP), KELAG   management  legislation.  Should  a  contractor  not  meet
                    has constructed 15 fish migration aids in recent years to   these requirements, disposal is carried out directly by the
                    ensure that fish can pass through the power plant waters   respective  group  entity  and  the  costs  incurred  plus  a
                    unharmed. Ecological and innovative measures are being   penalty fee are charged to the contractor.
                    continuously  implemented  to  safeguard  biodiversity.  In
                    July  2019,  an  Archimedean  screw  in  combination  with  a   Employees  receive  training  to  raise  their  awareness  of
                    hydrodynamic screw turbine was implemented for the first   environmental protection and on how to deal with waste.
                    time in the “Schütt weir system”. This enables fish of up to a   Various measures are taken and processes are continuously
                    size  of  100  centimetres to  pass  through the  weir  system   digitised to keep waste and waste disposal costs low. To
                    unharmed. Extensive monitoring to identify the type of fish   reduce not only the amount of waste paper but also the use
                    passing  through  and  the  number  of  fish  migrating  is   of toner cartridges, efforts are continuously being made to
                    planned for the financial year 2020. Nature is also impacted   create a “paperless office”. The reduction of waste is one of
                    by the operation of dams, in that sediments accumulate in   the  criteria  when  deciding  on  new  investments.  The
                    the  dam  (sedimentation)  due  to  the  reduced  current   implementation of waste compactors for waste paper and
                    velocity.  To  ensure  sustainable  sediment  transport,  the   industrial waste reduced the collection intervals and thus
                    deposited material can be further transported in the river   other indirect greenhouse gases. The aim is to ensure the
                    with  sufficiently  large  quantities  of  water  (sediment   responsible use and management of waste materials from
                    management); each installation must be considered on a   procurement to disposal to make sure that waste is sorted
                    case-by-case basis. In this context, for individual reservoirs   and  recycled  in  an  environmentally  compatible  fashion.
                    and  collecting  tanks  –  depending  on  the  particular   Environmental protection and waste disposal are therefore
                    situation  –  the  deposited  sediment  is  passed  on  to   integrated  into  the  KELAG  Group’s  general conditions  of
                    underground water.                            contract  for  procurement.  Targets  are  pursued  through
                                                                  continuous   evaluation   and   process   monitoring.
                    To  prevent  damage  to  fish  stocks  and  other  aquatic   Assessments are  carried out by means of regular control
                    organisms,  relevant  parameters  (e.g.,  turbidity,  oxygen   mechanisms at all internal collection sites.
                    level,  pH  level)  must  not  be  exceeded.  A  continuous
                    programme for securing evidence (ecological monitoring)   Regular hazardous and non-hazardous waste is consigned
                    ensures  compliance  with  thresholds.  Furthermore,  the   by  way  of  framework  agreements  to  certified  waste
                    amount  of  sediment  discharge  is  determined  and   disposal companies which collect the waste in accordance
                    documented through appropriate measures.      with the applicable laws and, depending on the material,
                                                                  recycle it or deposit it safely in a landfill. The hazardous and
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                                                                  non-hazardous waste generated each year is broken down
                                                                  and evaluated based on the collection sites. Through these
                                                                  evaluations, conclusions can be drawn on the relation of
                    Avoiding waste is one of the main objectives of the KELAG
                                                                  behaviour  and  waste  and,  in  turn,  measures  for  waste
                    Group,  with  environmental  protection  being  of  primary
                                                                  reduction can be applied.
                    concern.  According  to  KELAG’s  policy  on  awarding
                    contracts, respective contractors are obliged as a matter of
                                                                  Waste generated by the Group mainly consists of industrial
                    principle to sort waste properly and professionally, ensure
                                                                  waste,  ash,  scrap  iron  as  well  as  rubble  and  totalled
                    its  safe  interim  storage  and  dispose  of  it  in  an
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