In France, EDF manages almost 40,000 hectares of land and 70,000 hectares of lakes, often lying within or not far from protected areas. This means that all of the Group’s activities (operations, maintenance, construction, etc.) run up against major issues in biodiversity. Information, awareness, protection, compensation: EDF is committed to minimising the impact of its business and protecting ecosystems.
EDF’s work to promote biodiversity
The Group’s biodiversity policy revolves around three objectives that encompass the three ARC principles (Avoid, Reduce, Compensate):
Learning more about our natural surroundings and the potential impact Group activities may have on these ecosystems
Protecting biodiversity by protecting or restoring natural spaces
Informing, raising awareness, and training for staff and people living and working on the river, as well as open dialogue, in particular with the scientific community and voluntary sector
In light of these objectives, a specific action plan has been developed with the goal of:
Developing a management plan for all sensitive production sites
Limiting land artificialisation
Launching a terrestrial ecology research programme
Incorporating the concept of environmental continuity as part of the blue corridor
Developing the experimental operator compensation project
In October 2014, the Group’s 2014-2017 action plan received France’s SNB (national biodiversity strategy) label from the Ministry of the Environment, Sustainable Development and Energy.
EDF, official partner of the "Fête de la Nature"
EDF has been an official partner of the "Fête de la Nature" since 2008. Launched in 2007 by the French Committee of the World Conservation Union and Terre Sauvage magazine, the event is designed to raise public awareness of biodiversity. More specifically, environmental professionals and volunteers organise outings and fun activities based on nature.
EDF is closely involved with the festival, and last year organised 70 events in mainland France and its overseas territories that were attended by over 7,000 visitors.
Sustainable development partnerships
EDF has created a biodiversity partnership policy designed to promote technical exchanges between the Group’s various divisions and the voluntary sector, to support charity projects, and to deliver comprehensive projects.
The technical exchanges between EDF teams and the voluntary sector revolve around four areas:
Environmental quality and property management
Limiting environmental impact
Strategic support for biodiversity policy
Training/awareness-raising for staff and general public
EDF is training its staff in biodiversity issues, in particular by publishing subject guides. These materials are designed to describe the biodiversity issues that affect each operational activity, to recap regulatory changes, explain how the partnerships chosen by the company work, and present reproducible actions. (Documents in French)