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Fossil free living and biodiversity

“At Vattenfall, our goal is to make a life free from fossil fuel possible in one generation. This means growing our renewable energy generation; finding ways to decarbonize heat, industries and transport; and helping our customers and stakeholders along the road to net zero.

But delivering renewable electricity is not enough when we see growing evidence of human impact on nature and biodiversity. We have to deliver solutions in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible way.

We have a clear view: our work must be fact based, business focused and with a determined team focused on reducing emissions, protecting biodiversity and using resources sustainably across our value chain.

“Across our portfolio, we are investing in furthering scientific knowledge. In our wind business, we have a long-running strategic programme to facilitate the delivery of research on environmental impacts. Among many other projects, this programme has delivered the joint industry project DEPONS. DEPONS is a project that is building an evidence-based model on the population consequences of disturbance to porpoises from wind farm development in the North Sea.

Several of our wind farms help to facilitate research projects, such as our German windfarms DanTysk and Sandbank contributing to the GESCHA study, which has increased evidence based knowledge on the impact of underwater noise on harbour porpoise and mitigation effects. Thanet offshore wind farm has housed a vital research project on seabird collision avoidance behaviour. Four research projects have been initiated under the €3m research programme under the innovative EOWDC wind farm off Aberdeen, and more are underway. At Pen y Cymoedd, our £3m habitat management programme is designed to restore vital peatlands. This is just some of the work that we are involved with.

“Why are we supporting this conference? The answer is simple: we believe that dialogue and knowledge is vital. This allows us to explore challenges, to share learnings, to challenge – each other and the norm – and to grow our understanding and deliver good solutions.

We look forward to meeting delegates to discuss how we deliver a fossil free future and protect our planet’s precious biodiversity.”

 

Dr. Eva Philipp, Head of Environment & Sustainability Unit, at Vattenfall’s wind business

 

 

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