In addition to delivering electricity to businesses and homes, developing innovative initiatives for the electricity grid and working to promote safety, e-distribución, our electricity distribution subsidiary, works to care for and preserve the natural environment.
e-distribución's commitment to preserve the environment and biodiversity has led to the many biodiversity programmes we have developed since 2003, in which protection has always played a leading role. We are currently involved in many areas of action for the protection of birdlife.
Protection and signalling devices
As part of the standardisation of devices to protect birds, our subsidiary has been at the forefront of incorporating the requirement to protect birdlife into its designs and approval processes.
Collaborations have been set up with public administrations to meet the signalling requirements in the Environmental Impact Statements for new power line projects, to help protect birdlife.
Collaboration with Autonomous Communities
e-distribución has promoted collaboration agreements with regional administrations to plan and adapt the highest priority lines and supports, in agreement with the competent bodies.
This has led to adaptation plans being adopted and overseen by Monitoring Committees composed of Endesa Distribución Eléctrica and the bodies responsible for environmental protection in the Autonomous Communities. These "Birdlife Agreements" are currently in place in Aragon, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Andalusia and Catalonia.
European Union LIFE projects
e-distribución has been involved in many projects under the European Union LIFE Programme to protect and preserve birdlife in the territories where we operate.
One example is the LIFE project for the protection of the Egyptian vulture, working with e-distribuzione, Enel's distribution company in Italy. This initiative is underway in Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily, and includes the release of specimens bred in captivity, in addition to adapting supports in these regions.