Alliander – A Model for Guiding Alliander’s Sustainable Path


Alliander is the largest regional grid operator in the Netherlands and plays a crucial role in society. Its network consists of more than 130,000 kilometres of cables and pipelines, over which Alliander transports gas and electricity to large parts of the Netherlands. The energy transition is accompanied by unabated expectations of excellent service and sustainable and financially viable operations. Alliander plays a prominent role in this transition. Within Alliander there is a realisation that they have a negative impact on biodiversity, and are keen to reduce that impact.

Project description

We organised three workshops for Alliander on a control model on biodiversity. This also involved employees of Naturalis. In the end, Naturalis produced the final draft of the control model and we provided input on it. The final draft of the control model was tested at the concluding meeting of the biodiversity infrastructure cooperation.

Alliander knows they have a major impact on biodiversity, but have no handles on how to deal with it. The assignment for Impact Institute and Naturalis was to come up with ideas on how to manage biodiversity. The result is a biodiversity steering model.

We got an overview of which parts of Alliander have an impact on biodiversity and how to steer for biodiversity. This model implicitly uses the impact method (input, activity, output).

Benefits to the client

  • Alliander now has insight into how an organisation can manage biodiversity.
  • This model is applicable to all infrastructure organisations.
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