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WIND FARMS AND ENVIRONMENT

It is clear that, in comparison with other energy generation sources, wind farms’ impacts on the environment are much less significant. Renewable energy doesn’t cause greenhouse gases emissions and any other emissions. Moreover, it plays a central role in the fight against climate change reducing CO2 emissions, a global positive impact itself, because of its influence on all kinds of life.

In 2010, we produced 14,4 TWh which means 7,332 thousand tons of CO2 avoided.

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We strongly believe that prevention is the key to avoid impacts. This is supported by the low percentage of our operative wind farms located in protected areas. Only 7.3% of EDPR sites in operation are inside any protected area, 3.1% are partially within protected areas and 3.1% are adjacent any protected areas.

The few number of our wind farms in Natura 2000 sites (ecological network of protected areas in the territory of the European Union) are limited to Spain and Portugal.

Nevertheless, it’s important to highlight that Natura 2000 protection was declared later than the wind farms’ environmental Impact Statements in 68% of these cases.

Detailed information regarding wind farms and protected areas is available on EDPR website www.edprenovaveis.com.

Identifying potential impacts as early as possible is under EDPR’s Biodiversity and Environmental Policies.

Although the location of wind farms in protected areas is not a common issue, potential impacts on biodiversity, such as fauna disturbance, vegetation loss, visual intrusion and waste generation may occur. Even so, the vast majority of the impacts which might take place during the construction and operation of wind farms are temporary and reversible.

Wind farms are environmentally respectful sites. Only a small percentage of the land leased is taken out of permanent use when the wind farms are in operation and the activity is compatible with existing land use.

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Monitoring plans are carried out in order to make sure no significant impacts happen. In this sense, EDPR actively monitors all the areas with operating wind farms.

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  • “EDPR contributes to the adoption of new renewable technologies that allow decreasing CO2 emissions.” Energy assessment employee
  • “Ethics, impeccable conduct and responsibility are major concern areas in my field.” EDPR financial employee
  • “EDPR staff makes a concerted effort to understand stakeholder concerns and to minimize the impacts of the projects on neighboring facilities/residences.” EDPR supplier
  • “I believe that EDPR is outperforming in communication with investors.” EDPR employee
  • “EDPR respects the rights and privileges of local landowners to operate their ranching businesses.” EDPR landowner
  • “We are doing everything possible to reduce any impact to the environment. As a company we also take action based upon those studies to help reduce any impacts.” EDPR employee
  • “EDPR has become a welcomed member of our community and we look forward to having them here.” Public authority
  • “It is in our interest to reduce the waste generated in every project. I believe that we do and must continue to work even more closely with our suppliers to minimize labor and material waste.” EDPR Project Manager
  • “EDPR has always been a leader in terms of reputation with local and state level stakeholdersThis is something we can be proud of, as it directly reinforces our sustainable development and social responsibility goals.” EDPR employee
  • “Developing wind farms and educating communities, stakeholders, politicians and media about the benefits of renewable energy is a large part of our responsibility.” Development employee
  • “EDPR has been a great partner for the state of Oklahoma in helping the state to promote clean, sustainable energy.” Public authority
  • “The relationship between the company and its employees and the continuous initiatives used to acknowledge their needs is outstanding.” EDPR employee