There is an obvious need for better policy coherence between the WFD and other EU climate and energy policy goals and legislation in the implementation of the directive. Effective application of holistic socio-economic and ecological assessments of hydropower should be enforced in the WFD implementation to ensure sustainable water use, without undermining the achievement of climate and energy policy targets.
Fortum considers essential to fully utilise the possibilities given in WFD to safeguard hydropower generation, storage and flexibility. It is important to keep heavily modified water bodies (HMWB) designation as a key classification category also in the future and to align the national implementation of HMWB better with definitions of WFD. In addition, the hydro morphological quality elements need to be maintained as supporting criteria since they serve as points of reference for the classification of water bodies.
Case-by-case best practices and cost-efficient environmental measures instead of standard solutions should be implemented at hydro power plants to prevent ecologically unsatisfactory solutions, undue losses in electricity production and unnecessary costs.