Global energy and electricity provider Iberdrola announced today the launch of its new Biodiversity Plan, with a pledge to achieve a net positive impact on the ecosystems and species where it operates by 2030.
The company’s environmental director, Emilio Tejedor, presented the plan at the World Biodiversity Summit (COP 15) in Montreal.
Iberdrola’s Biodiversity Plan establishes three central lines of action, including the establishment of an accounting framework to quantify positive and negative impacts on ecosystems and species arising from the construction, operation and decommissioning of its facilities; intensifying biodiversity conservation and regeneration actions in order to achieve its new goal, and; integrating biodiversity into all of the company’s internal strategic planning and decision-making processes.
As part of these efforts, Iberdrola has set a goal for 2025 to evaluate and review the action plans of the assets of all of its technologies and by 2030 to review the creation of plans for 100% of its facilities worldwide.
The company outlined a series of actions and initiatives it carries out, combining the development of renewable and grid projects with biodiversity conservation, including the ‘Tree Programme’, focused on promoting biodiversity through the conservation and restoration of forest ecosystems, an agreement in the U.S. with strategies for the conservation of the monarch butterfly, and measures to protect birds at wind farms. Overall, Iberdrola said that it annually carries out more than 750 actions to protect biodiversity.
“Iberdrola’s Biodiversity Plan is a continuation of the path set since 2007 with the approval of its first Biodiversity Policy. This plan complements the company’s Climate Action and Circular Economy plans, which address decarbonisation and the sustainable use of resources for the comprehensive protection of the nature that surrounds us and on which we vitally depend.”