Conservation, a basic principle of our environmental policy
Iberdrola group is committed to protect the biodiversity of the ecosystems, landscapes and species where it operates, and to raise awareness amongst society about the importance of this issue and the actions that can help to preserve it.
Iberdrola group undertakes bird protection initiatives at all its wind farms.
Ecosystems have been transformed by human activity, but in the last century the transformation has been more rapid and extensive than in any comparable period in the human history. As a result, the Earth's biodiversity has been considerably impoverished. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the rate at which species have disappeared over the last century has been one thousand times greater than the natural rate, as a result of the increasing impact of human activities. The extinction of species threatens not only nature, but also mankind itself.
Iberdrola is aware of this problem and in line with its commitment to sustainable development considers the conservation of biodiversity as a basic principle of our environmental policy. For this reason Iberdrola has a Biodiversity Policy [PDF], which applies to all business units and regions where the company operates. The policy establishes as basic action principles:
- Integrating the conservation of biodiversity into the decision-making processes at the implementation, operation and dismantling stages of infrastructure projects.
- Applying a preventive approach in the construction of new infrastructure, by considering its complete life cycle and integrating this focus into the impact assessment of new projects.
- Compensating for the effects of the Group's activities and fostering the restoration of natural capital.
- Integrating biodiversity into the Group's environmental management systems and establishing targets, indicators and criteria for its control, monitoring and audit.
- Protecting species and habitats by means of positive conservation management and site research, with the aim of obtaining a net positive outcome in relation to the environment, avoiding the siting of new infrastructure in protected areas or those of high biodiversity value.
- Informing stakeholders about the Group's activities in matters of biodiversity.