EDPR promotes a culture of rational use of resources, which strengthens its commitment to the United Nation’s SDG 12: ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. According to UN, sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less” by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole lifecycle, while increasing quality of life.
EDPR, as a leading company in renewable energy, produces clean and green energy, water-free and with low wastes generation. Wind energy uses no water for electricity generation, the water consumed is for human use. Low wastes generation is mainly due to turbines’ operations & maintenance and administrative activities.
Even though EDPR is in a clean energy business, the company goes beyond its commitment with the environment by fostering a corporate culture of responsibility and recycling in which initiatives and activities are consistent with environmental awareness. Therefore, EDPR is committed to minimize the environmental impact of its operations and measuring the water consumption and wastes generation from the administrative activities and plants.
Water is a precondition for life, an indispensable resource for the economy, and it plays a fundamental role for the climate. Given the fact that water scarcity is pressing and will be exacerbated by climate change and population growth in the near future, it is vital to preserve water resources. Wind energy uses virtually no water. Replacing thermal and nuclear power stations with wind energy is therefore a key step in the fight to conserve and protect water resource and hedge against future power shortages due to water-dependent electricity production.
The wastes generated by EDPR are not directly linked to the generation process. Most of them are related to turbines’ operation & maintenance process and the rest are wastes originated in facilities and offices. Most of the hazardous waste produced by wind farms is related to oil and oil-related wastes such as oil filters or oil containers, used mainly for lubrication of the turbines. Non-hazardous wastes generated by the company include metals, plastics, paper or domestic garbage which is recycled in their vast majority. The company promotes the recovery of waste rather than disposal through recycling and other means. Annual fluctuations in hazardous waste generated are heavily dependent on the pluri-annual oil replacement programs above mentioned.
Even though our activity inherently implies the reduction of GHG emissions, EDPR goes one-step forward compensating most of the emissions related to grid connection of our windfarms and offices though certifications obtained by our renewable energy generation. Our emissions represent <1% of the total amount of emissions avoided and most of our total emissions are from the necessary electricity consumption by wind farms.
*Excluding waste caused by non-recurrent events.