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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