Actions for nature

There are many positive actions that renewable energy companies can take as part of a proactive and restorative approach that promotes nature and biodiversity gain – most of which are relevant to both solar and wind businesses.

 

The following inspiration – structured, as with our other industry handbooks’ chapters, around the five key threats to nature as outlined by the IPBES and WWF: Pollution, Over-exploitation, Change in Land Use, Climate Change, and Invasive Non-native Species – ranges in complexity and scale from easier wins (Keeping pace) and more progressive ideas (Ahead of the curve) to longer-term strategies with potential for (Changing the game).

 

These actions range in complexity and scale, from easier wins for ‘keeping pace’ and more progressive ideas, that’ll put you ‘ahead of the game’, to long-term strategies with potential for partnership and ‘changing the game’.

To decide which actions best fit your business, first map your biodiversity impact areas (from raw material production to end-of-life, scoring them ‘high’ to ‘low’ impact). Once you’ve determined where to focus your efforts, take inspiration from the actions we have detailed here.

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Hands holding soil
Pollution
Commit to large-scale biodiversity monitoring programmes
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Climate change
Commit to net zero
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Change in land use
Avoid impacting rare, protected, or important species and their habitats
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Climate change
Be flood prepared
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Pollution
Be ISO-14001 aligned
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Pollution
Collaborate more widely to accelerate progress
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Pollution
Collect and understand data, then share it
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Pollution
Embrace innovation in your design and use of materials
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Change in land use
Engage local conservation charities (and other local groups) early
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Over-exploitation
Engage with and educate your supply chain
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Pollution
Engage your communities
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Fund and contribute to evidence-based research programmes
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