The project applicant must submit an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This statement comprises expert reports on various legally-protected factors (human beings, fauna, flora, soil, water, air and climate, landscape, material assets and cultural heritage) in compliance with ‘Umweltverträglichkeitsgesetz 2000’ (Environmental Impact Act of 2000).
The Environmental Impact Statement must comprise the following:
TIWAG strives to minimise interventions in the environment from the very start. The Environmental Impact Statement consists of numerous expert reports and a description of how every component has been optimised to meet ecological criteria and/or minimise the environmental impact to protect the body of water and the flora and fauna in the project area and its surroundings.
In addition, the authorities (= the government of the Province of the Tyrol) conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which is a tool for nature conservation. The objective is to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the environmental impact of large-scale projects (such as large-scale hydroelectric power stations) based on expert reports, involve the public (public participation scheme) and proceed efficiently (consolidated procedure).
This involves the following procedure: