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Taking responsibility: environmental protection and nature conservation

Whether overhead lines, cables or switchgear - almost every measure in grid operation has an impact on nature, the environment and people. For this reason it is important to consider these aspects during grid planning, construction and operation. Factoring in These aspects and specifying effective measures for bird protection or for minimising magnetic fields usually leads to better results and greater acceptance. At the same time, this improves the investment security for grid operators.


Through intensive cooperation between grid operators, authorities and environmental organisations, VDE FNN was able to develop a VDE Application Rule defining measures for bird protection on medium-voltage overhead lines. For the first time, a nationally uniform, up-to-date and binding set of rules for the technical implementation of bird protection was created. The implementation of these rules has contributed to the improvement of bird protection in Germany.

VDE FNN has developed a FNN Guideline defining principles to find suitable routes, determine line sections for the markings and select of bird protection markings for HV and EHV overhead lines. Theses guidelines make it easier for all involved actors to reconcile grid development with bird protection.

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