Statkraft follows the precautionary principle when it comes to environmental challenges. We take responsibility for our impact on the environment throughout the power generation process, and we contribute to development and spread of environmentally friendly technology.
Production of environmentally friendly energy
Production of environmentally friendly energy is Statkraft’s most important contribution to the environment. In 2010, 88.1% of Statkraft’s power production was based on renewable energy sources. Hydropower is highly efficient and very flexible, and is based on relatively simple and well developed technology. Hydropower production can also be combined with other functions such as flood abatement, irrigation, transport and recreation.
However, even renewable energy affects nature, and we therefore work continuously to protect the environment surrounding our facilities, and to reduce the negative impact of power production on the environment.
Key environmental challenges
Hydropower and wind power activities, entail disruption to the landscape, and thus changes in biological diversity, ecosystems and the landscape. Changes in water flow and levels, noise and local pollution of soil, air and water are other key challenges.
Areas used for power generating activities can also function as valuable habitats for animals and plants, as well as for agricultural or recreational areas. We believe that we can facilitate multiple uses of these areas by making careful adaptations tailored to local conditions.
Statkraft works actively and systematically to identify remedial and compensating measures to reduce potential negative environmental impact, and we work diligently to preserve both the landscape and natural diversity in all parts of our activities. We devote significant resources to R&D projects in order to build up and further develop knowledge about the consequences of our activities. We use this knowledge to identify measures that can reduce negative environmental impact as much as possible. On several occasions, we have introduced self-imposed restrictions on our activity to reduce the negative impact on landscape aesthetics, biological diversity, outdoor recreation or cultural monuments.
To read more about Statkraft’s remedial and compensating measures in the natural landscape, e.g. research on sea eagle activity at Smøla and environmental measures in and around the watercourses, we recommend that you take a look at Statkraft's corporate responisibility report.
Leading international practices are the standard for Statkraft’s work. The Group’s international development projects are planned and carried out with emphasis on the International Finance Corporation’s guidelines for sustainable conduct. As regards the environment, this entails e.g. environmental impact assessments and systematic handling of environmental aspects throughout the entire project process.