Environmental protection is extensively governed by statutory regulations. Compliance with the statutory regulations is our top priority for this issue. The grant and retention of operating licences and our reputation in the public domain depend on compliance with these statutory regulations. We also take comprehensive, voluntary measures to improve environmental protection.
Key elements in our value chain – production of lignite, oil and gas, generation of electricity and distribution of electricity and gas – are partly associated with significant impacts on the environment. RWE has developed its experience with the organisation of operational environmental protection over many decades. This is a fixed component of our operating business. It includes the launch of new developments at an early stage which are directed towards the public domain and which are addressed in particular by our stakeholders. Over the past business year, we have adopted an in-depth approach to issues of biodiversity and water use which exceed the scope of statutory regulations.