Four priority areas
Not only are the Earth's natural resources essential for the development of biodiversity, they are also fundamental for humanity's economic and social progress. There is thus an inevitable direct and indirect interaction between the Group's activities and biodiversity. Performance of the activities associated with generation, distribution, and sale gives rise to interactions with various ecosystems, landscapes, and species throughout the life-cycle. These are thus one of the main focuses of the Group's business strategy, and are managed through four priority lines of action:
- Mediation, for the protection, conservation, and sustainable use of the environment (air, water, soil, fauna, flora, and landscape).
- Information through impact assessment and the development and application of guidelines on biodiversity for new projects.
- Relations with Stakeholders.
- Commitment to train, raise awareness, and communicate both internally and externally.
The aim is to carry out the Company's activities and establish new projects in a sustainable manner, which allows for balanced coexistence, conserving and protecting natural resources. Biodiversity and ecosystems have a leading role in the business strategy, reflected in various instruments:
- Biodiversity Policy [PDF], set out the Company's position and its commitment to taking into account biodiversity in its decision processes, particularly as regards the design and construction of new infrastructure, and integrating it into our environmental management systems, training, collaboration and information systems. In addition to this policy, the scope of application is the entire geographical area of Iberdrola, some subsidiaries have specific policies as ScottishPower or Avangrid Renewables.
- Pact for Biodiversity, Iberdrola is member since 2013 and it has been promoted by the Biodiversity Foundation, under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the aim is to show the commitment of the Company with environmental conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
- Environmental monitoring and control plans, and implementation of management systems, most of them homologated to ISO 14001 or EMAS standards, in order to prevent and control environmental risks.
- Corporate environmental footprint enabling limitation of the group's impact on biodiversity.
- Stakeholder Relations Policy approved by the Board of Directors.
- Environmental Impact Studies (through mechanisms for the identification and mitigation of impacts that take into account various alternatives and establish corrective measures to avoid, mitigate or offset possible harm) are prepared and implemented prior to beginning construction.
- Promotion of species and habitats by managing positive conservation and research of the sites is also undertaken. Activities are both regulatory as well as voluntary, with the goal of obtaining a positive net balance with respect to the environment.