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Sustainability is embedded in Alpiq's purpose and the company is well positioned – thanks to our electricity production from renewable energies and the management of renewable energies for third parties. However, we’re fully aware that further steps are needed to build a truly sustainable company. In this interview with Karin Manser, Lead Sustainability at Alpiq, we discuss Alpiq's sustainability goals and the sustainability reporting requirements for companies resulting from the European Union’s new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).
Antoine is a dispatcher in the control centre from which Alpiq's electricity production is monitored and controlled. He shares his office in Lausanne with ten colleagues. From here, the young energy engineer is responsible for ensuring that everything runs smoothly at Alpiq's hydroelectric power plants. Antoine and his colleagues work in shifts around the clock, 365 days a year, to ensure that the amount of energy sold is delivered.
The realisation of the Nant de Drance pumped storage power station in the municipality of Finhaut in the Valais, like any construction project, has had a certain impact on nature. Xavière Schröder, environment project manager at Alpiq, supported by Grenat Sàrl environmental bureau, is working closely with nature conservation organisations (WWF and Pro Natura) and the federal, cantonal and municipal authorities to offset these impacts and enhance local biodiversity.
The Peuchapatte wind farm once again demonstrated its high level of reliability in 2023. Total production reached a new all-time record of 17.1 GWh; 70% of the electricity produced was generated in the winter months. This shows that Climate-friendly electricity production from wind power makes an above-average contribution to security of supply, especially in winter.