Responsible land use and biodiversity

When we are organising the locations of power lines, we always make written line area agreements and seek the consent of landowners. Read more about agreements.

We are committed to using land responsibly as we design, build and maintain our electricity network. Responsible land use means that we reconcile the needs and expectations of our various stakeholders in regard to land use and the reliability of electricity distribution. Legislation, official regulations and general standards in the sector create ground rules that cannot be disregarded. It is of paramount importance to us that we can work effectively with landowners, municipalities, centres for economic development, transport and the environment, the National Board of Antiquities, environmental associations and other stakeholders in matters pertaining to land use so as to identify solutions that serve the interests of every party involved.

We take the environment – nature, biodiversity, and the built and social environment – into consideration throughout the electricity network's life cycle. We avoid building our network in areas with sensitive natural environments and species, such as Natura and nature conservation areas. We apply for permits in accordance with the legal requirements. We build new sections of the electricity network beside roads and in public areas whenever possible.

Overhead lines dismantled and replaced by underground cables. Once the grass grows, the buried cable will not be visible to anyone.

The electricity network as part of the landscape

Underground cabling protects biodiversity and reduces the detrimental impacts on plant and animal species. To protect birds, we have also installed marker balls on overhead lines and landing perches on poles. The remaining overhead lines still have a role to play in supporting biodiversity, albeit a smaller role than before. The power line corridors – the clear land beneath overhead lines – provide meadow-like conditions where certain endangered species can thrive.

Maintenance of the electricity network takes account of the impacts of repair work on protected areas and wildlife. For example, we avoid doing clearing work, which is necessary to make space for the electricity network, in bird nesting areas during nesting season, and we are careful to avoid unnecessary damage when we work in sensitive areas.