One of our most important commitments in our strategy is the protection of the environment. Our objective is to minimise the impact that industrial activity can have on the territory where we operate, and for that reason, we are committed to not operate thermal generation facilities in protected natural spaces in the peninsula. For non-peninsular territories, we are committed to not design or develop new thermal generation facilities in protected natural areas (*).
To comply with this commitment, at Endesa, we have signed the Biodiversity Pact, promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and based on an initiative of the Biodiversity Foundation. With this pact, which has been signed by fifteen other large Spanish companies, we are committed to carry out activities respectfully with the conservation of biodiversity.
Our environmental management attempts to minimise, to the extent possible, the consumption of natural resources. Through a structured and fully operational plan, we are committed to conserving biodiversity, preferably in the places where we operate, but not just there.
The Biodiversity Conservation Plan is inserted within Endesa’s Biodiversity Policy as one of its most relevant and distinctive facets, given that all of the actions included in it are either carried out completely voluntarily, or by far exceeding the merely obligatory environmental requirements. In addition, all of the Plan projects represent a verifiable and quantifiable improvement in terms of biodiversity or in terms of contribution to the scientific knowledge that exists about it.
By the end of 2018, the Biodiversity Conservation Plan had a total of 25 activities under way, with the following balance: 22 started in previous years (with 6 of them ending in 2018 and 16 which continue active) and 3 further actions started in the last year. The following table shows the distribution of the actions of Endesa’s Biodiversity Conservation Plan that were carried out in 2018, classified based on the Plan’s guidelines and the 20 types of actions it contains, which can be deduced from the crossing of rows and columns.