ENGIE takes part in the IUCN Congress held in Marseille from 3 to 11 September

By ENGIE - 31 August 2021 - 14:06

The World Conservation Congress will take place from 3 to 11 September. This event brings together the members of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) every four years. The objective is to promote the conservation, integrity and biodiversity of nature. As a partner of the IUCN’s French Committee, ENGIE will take part in the numerous round tables held during this new edition, thus reaffirming the significance of biodiversity in the Group’s strategy and activities.


ENGIE at the World Conservation Congress: ask for the programme! 

CEO summits, round tables and pitches: we will be speaking approximately ten times throughout the event’s ten days. In particular, we will be detailing some of the very concrete solutions that are developed at our facilities and which aim to reconcile biodiversity protection with the development of renewable energy. Here are some examples: Drones to optimise the protection of birds of prey on wind farms, the development of agroforestry in connection with the installation of wind turbines to preserve bird and bat populations, the optimisation of solar farms for pollinators in the United States, etc.

ENGIE and IUCN France: partners in the protection of biodiversity

Working together since 2008, IUCN France and ENGIE are carrying out joint actions to protect nature and biodiversity. IUCN provides its expertise to the Group, allowing it to further integrate biodiversity into its strategy and activities. In parallel, ENGIE supports and participates in projects led by IUCN. In order to work towards carbon neutrality, and to act in favour of both the climate and the planet, the respect of biodiversity must be considered.


Biodiversity, a fundamental issue for ENGIE

Given that our activities are constantly intertwined with biodiversity and natural ecosystems, conserving them is a major priority for us. This is particularly crucial as the Group’s activities depend, in part, on resources provided by nature: biomass resources, water and climate regulation, etc. As such, protecting the environment is vital in maintaining the availability and wealth of the natural resources that our activities depend on. 


  • 100% of the Group's industrial sites ecologically managed 2030.
  • 10 projects identified that meet the IUCN NbS standard by 2022.
  • 4,000 mangrove seeds sown by drones to restore the mangrove forests in the coastal waters of Abu Dhabi near ENGIE’s Mirfa site.
  • 25 local floral and herbaceous species conducive to pollinating insects are established in all of ENGIE’s solar farms in the United States. 

Our commitments to biodiversity

Activities which also carry a potential impact on biodiversity: habitat fragmentation and disruption resulting from site activity, in particular for reservoirs for hydroelectric power generation or gas storage sites, disruption of birds and bats by wind farms, etc. Conscious of its environmental responsibility, the Group has, since 2012, made commitments to protect biodiversity on a global scale, thus reaffirming the significance of biodiversity in its strategy and contributing to the achievement of global objectives in this matter. In addition to our long-term commitment to the French National Biodiversity Strategy (NBS), we are participating in several French and international initiatives: Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2016, act4nature in 2018, UNESCO in 2019, act4nature international and Businesses Committed to Nature-act4nature France in 2020 and 2021. 


Biodiversity alert: four figures that are a cause for concern

  • More than 1 million animal and plant species are in danger of extinction (out of 8 million species, including 5.5 million insects) according to the forecasts of IPBES specialists.
  • More than 30% of the planet’s land surface and nearly 75% of fresh water resources are now used for agriculture or livestock farming.
  • More than 40% of amphibians, nearly 33% of coral reefs and more than a third of all marine mammals are threatened. 
  • The productivity of the planet’s entire land surface has reduced by 23% due to land degradation.

Source: IPBES, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services


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