The Sustainability Charter
We consider our presence in an area to be a sustainable development factor for the communities and businesses that are near our plants.
Wherever possible, we offer the local population employment opportunities in the context of ancillary services such as, for example, the construction of access roads to the plants, plant surveillance, and structure and buffer zone maintenance.
Furthermore, we opt for a short supply chain wherever our requirements can be met by local businesses.
As part of arranging the construction of a new plant, we organize a Contractors Open Day in the local area, where we show local businesses our requirements and our standards in terms of supplying goods or services.
To us, relying on a short supply chain means lower procurement costs, better integration in the local system, and a reduction in our impact on the environment. Finally, this allows us to distribute a bigger share of the economic value generated by our presence across the local area.
For each of our wind farms we make an annual donation to the local community who set up and manage a non-profit trust fund to distribute the funding. The amount donated depends on the amount of electricity which can be generated by the wind farm. Local groups and organisations are encouraged to apply to the funds support a wide range of initiatives.
The thousands of projects that have received funds from our wind farms over the years are as diverse as children’s play parks, equipment for a community radio station, new uniforms for a pipe band, exercise classes for pensioners, youth theatre groups and a charity providing heart defibrillators for remote rural communities.
In many cases our funding also allows organisations to apply for matched funding from other bodies and has resulted in small communities being able to build their own social housing and medical facilities.
We recognize that local development is strongly linked to the availability of local talent in the area, which is why we strive to create high-level technical expertise that can be found in the areas where our plants are located.
For this reason, we continue to be committed to spreading knowledge in the field of clean energy and sustainability in the various regions in which we operate.
This action take shape through close collaboration with the academic and research world, with which we share our innovations and practices, offering our approach as a reference in the field of local sustainable development.
In these districts, we build partnerships with the schools and educational institutions around our plants, in addition to developing educational projects aimed at young people and their teachers. We also collaborate with elementary schools to introduce younger children to energy sustainability topics.
What’s more, we support young people who would like to become technicians in the renewables sector though scholarships granted directly to the beneficiary, who we choose based on specific criteria such as origin, motivation, and interest in renewable energy.
We pay the utmost attention to minimize our impact on the soil, subsoil, water, air and biodiversity of the places where we operate and during all phases of the life cycle of our plants.
For the benefit of this, we keep ourselves constantly updated on best environmental protection practices, actively participating in the initiatives organized by international sectoral networks that deal with these issues, such as Wind Europe.
Some examples of specific actions include:
• campaigns to plant trees in the wooded areas near our plants, choosing species of local origin to encourage the regeneration of native forests;
• monitoring wildlife – in particular birdlife - to help protect it;
• partial opening of the fences at our photovoltaic plant sites to allow wildlife to pass through;
• specific agreements with representatives from the local populations to regulate pastoralism and the passage of animal herds;
• campaigns to monitor the noise impact of our wind farms.
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