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