Have you ever heard the phrase "if bees disappeared from the face of the Earth, humans would only have four years to live?" It is a statement that derives from a reality that has been proven for centuries: The importance of bees for the conservation of biodiversity and the future of our planet.
Bees are pollinators, that is, they feed on the nectar of flowers and transport pollen from one flower to another. Pollination is an essential process for the survival of ecosystems, for the production and reproduction of many wild crops and plants. However, the population of pollinators, especially bees and butterflies, has declined considerably in recent years as a result of human activity. This is due to a number of causes, including intensive agricultural practices, land-use changes and climate change.
Endesa understands the need to guarantee the safety of these animals and to contribute to their conservation. That is why, when we were thinking of a project in the primary sector that could share the use of the land with our renewable energy plants, the idea arose for Endesa's "solar apiary".
As explained by Inmaculada Fiteni, head of value creation programmes in Endesa's Sustainability Division, "the incorporation of primary sector initiatives is already a common feature in our solar projects, creating added value for the local community and where we do not compete for land use, but share it".