Environmental strategy on our investment plan
Our business plan for the following years included additional MW of clean energy. Our expansion strategy is complemented with environmental practices that allow us to achieve our goals while ensuring a positive impact on the environment. From the initial development phase of our projects, we take into consideration the environmental aspects of our new projects, following our environmental and biodiversity policy commitments.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION
In future addition of projects to our portfolio, our approach will continue being based in a proper management of the environmental risks. Environmental assessments are a critical component of the feasibility processes to only initiate the development of those projects that we consider to be environmentally sustainable.
As part of our development strategy, environmental and cultural screenings are undertaken to identify and manage potential environmental risks, as well as to determine the constraints to be considered in the design, construction, and operation of the facilities, given the specific nature of the site.
Potential environmental impacts are analyzed in detail in the environmental impact studies of the facilities, where feasible alternatives are also assessed and preventive, corrective and compensation measures are determined.
CUMULATIVE IMPACTS IN OFFSHORE
During this process, cumulative impact assessments gain significant relevance in such large scale projects. These studies complement the impact assessment that EDPR performs of the project alone, with an evaluation of the potential effects that may arise from the interaction of our wind farm with other existing projects and future ones.
During the construction stage many external partners play an important role in the works. For that reason, we believe it is essential to involve the entire value chain to ensure that they are aligned with our environmental strategy. EDPR’s environmental requirements and best practices are included in the bidding documentation or specific environmental management plans. Through a monitoring plan we ensure that the environmental requirements are met. In the event that an unexpected environmental impact is identified we are able to quickly implement the corrective measure.
BIODIVERSITY PROTECTION DURING CONSTRUCTION
After the construction period, it is our duty to return the site to its initial state. Therefore, we perform morphological restoration and reseeding works. In 2012, 149.29 ha were restored.
In addition, to protect specific specimens, in some cases we decide to transplant the vegetation. This was the case of several acebuches, a kind of a wild olive tree, present in the wind farm Janda III (Spain), that were transplanted to neighbouring areas during 2012.