The protection of biodiversity is one of the most important values by which the sustainability of a company is measured.
Preserving ecosystems and species means respecting life, the planet's natural heritage, places and symbols of the community.
The protection of biodiversity is a strategic objective of our environmental policy and is an integral part of the Environmental Management Systems (EMS) of our Group.
This is how we strengthen our commitment to protect natural resources, and to ensure that our generation plants and electricity distribution assets are built and managed respecting ecosystems and their balances.
A commitment that is integrated into our strategy of creating shared value and is committed to highlighting the richness of biodiversity as an engine of sustainable development for the regions in which we work, from the Atacama desert to Patagonia.
Enel is aware of the value of ecosystems and biodiversity and is committed to the responsible management of natural resources during the project life cycle phases: projection, construction, operation and closure.
Within the scope of the Sustainability Plan, Enel has defined the following objectives in order to preserve biodiversity in the areas in which it operates:
Improvement and standardization of business processes for assessing the biodiversity risk of new facilities.
Testing of project and global indicators on the impact and conservation of biodiversity, and development of a reporting system for progressive organizational levels.
Ensure the socio-environmental sustainability of the existing infrastructures and the extensions of the distribution and transmission network.
In accordance with the above, the first point of Enel's Biodiversity policy establishes that this company carries out its activities respecting the principle of the "mitigation hierarchy", by means of which it prioritizes, in the first place, preventing or avoiding negative impacts ; second, if the impacts cannot be avoided, reduce and remedy their effects; and, lastly, offset negative residual impacts.
In this way, when Enel plans a new project, it takes into account the environmental value of the territory, discarding sites that have a high biological value.
Then, during the construction phase, in addition to implementing preventive measures, such as talks to all its collaborators, installation of signage or the environmental release of the work areas. When necessary, mitigation, repair and / or compensation measures are carried out, among which we can mention the rescue of flora and fauna, reforestation, revegetation and enrichment of habitats, among others.
Finally, during the operation phase, in addition to implementing the management measures established in the environmental licenses of its projects, Enel monitors and evaluates the evolution of biological variables in order to take corrective measures when appropriate.
In this way, and as established by the second principle of its Biodiversity policy, Enel seeks to achieve the objective of “zero net loss of biodiversity”.
The latest Sustainability Report gives an account of 16 initiatives for the protection of biodiversity, which cover terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems and involved various species of flora and fauna, many of them classified in some category of conservation.