GRI 102-29, GRI 102-43, GRI 102-44, GRI 413-1, GRI EUS Stakeholder Participation
When planning and implementing the grid expansion, 50Hertz takes a comprehensive dialogue and participation approach. The involvement of relevant stakeholder groups plays a vital role when it comes to sustainable grid expansion. Firstly, regional and local stakeholder groups are carefully analysed and issues, questions and concerns of those living locally are addressed. For this, 50Hertz follows the VDI 7000 standards. This allows 50Hertz to develop and implement a participation plan together with the region, based on both the standards of early public participation that was a success and the project specifications of each project. In the regions in which existing capacities are being increased or new transmission substations and lines are being built, the need to inform and involve citizens is varied. 50Hertz want to align itself to the specific needs and engage in dialogue locally. This is the only way to further improve plans, integrate knowledge that is available locally and to involve those affected.
Dialogue with relevant stakeholder groups begins very early in the planning phase of projects. This includes consultations on grid development plans as well as grid enhancement and expansion projects. Dialogue with the affected parties is conducted according to clearly defined requirements, in set formats and by means of a standardised tool kit. In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, additional, in some cases virtual formats were implemented that ensure early dialogue despite social distancing (see Management of the COVID-19 pandemic).
„The dialogue on our network expansion projects also includes nature conservation! Regional cooperation helps us to develop sustainable and sensible compensation measures and to implement them together.“