In the context of the responsible management of impacts on biodiversity that may result from
our activities, we adopt methods and technologies that aim to protect the natural ecosystems
and the biological wealth of the areas where we operate.
The approach we follow during the implementation of each project is based on the
precautionary principle. This approach allows us to minimize our impacts on biodiversity and it
manifests through the following phases:
1. Research for the proper siting of projects and necessary infrastructure
When designing each project, we first check whether our projects and all essential infrastructure are properly sited. Towards this end, based on the individual nature of each project, we examine the environment where
the project is realized to determine if it includes areas or parts of areas that are subject to specific regulatory restrictions based on established land uses, the existence of Natura 2000 or other protected areas. This initial phase ensures our regulatory compliance and the siting of each project considering any environmental peculiarity of the area and the minimum impact on its biological wealth.
2. Preparation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies and other special studies
In the context of environmental licensing for the development of new projects, we carry out Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies per
the international (where applicable) and national legislative framework. At the same time, for operations within protected areas (Natura 2000), we conduct additional, special ecological assessments to evaluate the impacts and to take, if necessary, further protective measures, in addition to the EIA. Scientific research and documentation thus ensure that our activities do not cause negative impacts on biodiversity.
3. Application of a certified Environmental Management System (EMS) and Education
To fully prevent and manage the impact of our activities on biodiversity, we have developed and communicated an integrated Environmental
Management System, certified according to the International Standard ISO 14001, to all stakeholders of the company’s supply chain (employees, partners and suppliers). At the same time, we educate our people and raise public awareness through targeted education and information initiatives. These focus on the protection of ecosystems through sound environmental practices and the prevention of any potential negative impact from the development or operation of our projects.
4. Restoration of areas and construction -site surfaces
In the context of integrated project management, we make sure that we conduct thorough scientific research and design specific action plans for carrying out restoration works not only after completing the construction but also at the end of the project life cycle. Restoration works consider the existing biological value of the ecosystems our activities neighbor or cross, to ensure the ecosystem’s stability after the completion of our projects and safeguard their social consensus.
Responsible fauna management
Recognizing and minimizing our activities’ impacts on fauna is at the core of our approach to biodiversity conservation. Through partnerships we foster with researchers and the academic community, we monitor and assess potential impacts on fauna across our range of activities.
ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT 2019
ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT 2018