Strengthen commitments

EDF built its volunteer programme in favour of biodiversity crossing three dimensions:

  • The 5 pressure factors identified by IPBES*

  • The major impacts of the company on ecosystems

  • The Group's CAP 2030 strategic development project

These commitments have been built with the support of our scientific and NGO partners and across the business lines. They do not mention the measures in response to the laws and regulations in force, nor those already implemented on a voluntary basis by the Group, in accordance with the expectations of the initiative. Nor do they mention the Group's Climate commitments.

This ambition is expressed in particular by the participation of the Group in two initiatives:

Entreprises Engagées pour la Nature

In France

EDF participates in the initiative "Entreprises engagés pour la nature" led by the French Biodiversity Agency (OFB), within the framework of the national biodiversity strategy of the French government. This initiative aims to stimulate concrete corporate commitments and to guarantee the progressive mainstream of biodiversity within companies. The companies shall submit individual SMART (specific, measurable, additional, realistic and temporally supervised) commitments.

act4nature international

At the international level

EDF takes part in the act4nature International initiative, initiated by the Association of the Companies for Environment (EpE) to mobilise companies to protect, enhance and restore biodiversity. The aim of this initiative is to mobilise French international groups from any sector. The companies shall sign 10 common commitments and submit, here again, individual commitments, which shall be SMART (specific, measurable, additional, realistic and temporally supervised).

18 volunteer commitments for 2023-2025

This program, which should be completed by 2025, involves the Group's electricity and heat generation activities across all technologies (nuclear, hydraulic, onshore and offshore wind power, solar, biomass, conventional thermal) operated and developed globally by EDF SA, EDF Renewables, EDF Energy, Luminus, Edison and Dalkia. The EDF Group has been committed to preserving biodiversity for 50 years. 
These new commitments are extended for the first time to the Group's value chain.

These commitments concern 4 axes:

  • Axe 1

    Reduce the contribution of our activities to the main pressure factors (IPBES)

  • Axe 2

    Preserve, restore and regenerate

  • Axe 3

    Strengthen the improvement of knowledge and share it

  • Axe 4

    Transform our processes, our organization and our skills

Our actions in videos

EDF supports the Local Vegetal brand

This brand is a tool for tracing wild and local plants. It guarantees and preserves genetic diversity in 11 biogeographical regions of France. The EDF group is a partner of the French Biodiversity Office, which carries the local plant brand. Preserving biodiversity is one of the company's 16 corporate social responsibility commitments.

Local plants to strengthen biodiversity and to boost economy in Romanche valley

In Isère department (Center of France), EDF built a new dam upon the Romanche river. The Group worked with the Conservatoire botanique national alpin (National Botanic Association in the Alpes Mountain) to develop a revegetation project of the river banks with local species. This project allowed the development of vegetal oils producers on territories.

Recreation of a former inland delta of the Rhine river

With his partner La Petite Camargue Alsacienne, EDF works to recreate around an ancient branch of the Rhine river, an hundred of hectares of humid and dry areas, as they were before.

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Partners to act

EDF needs the associative and scientific world to lead its projects on biodiversity. In France, EDF has implemented, a partnership policy in order to: 

  • Contribute to the drawing up of our actions in favour of biodiversity
  • Benefit from scientific competences to achieve them
  • Train our employees and make aware the audience to this major stake
More information about our partners in biodiversity

* The intergovernmental scientific and political Platform on biodiversity and the ecosystem services are an international group of experts on biodiversity, equivalent of IPCC for the climatic change.

(1) A management plan defines the zoning on the sites with management measures adapted to the sake and with a land vocation (industrial activity…). The objective is to reconcile biodiversity and electricity production.

(2) Respect to the PV fleets, they are PV fleets at stake, which present biodiversity stakes (determined in the impact study for the assessment of the initial condition and the application of the ERC sequence) and requiring the implementation of adapted measures, without distinction of their ‘’degraded’’ character or not.

(3) Respect to the Overseas Departments they are sites having revealed the presence of invasive exotic species.