The future is here

We are committed to our children, the future generations of our planet. Driven by a dream, a world that is powered exclusively by clean and renewable energies.

We are proud of our business model based on sustainability. As producers of renewable energy, our activity tackles climate change directly, one of the main challenges of our time.

But beyond our active contribution to a low carbon economy, we feel that we want to do much more to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. That is why we are taking time this year to develop a Sustainability Plan that determines,  first,  the areas where we can create a significant impact and,  secondly,  the goals that we want to achieve over a period of 5 years.

As main objectives, we seek to create positive impact in the society, in particular in our local communities, and to protect the environment and the heritage present in our projects. 

We embrace transparency and business ethics, and believe in policies that take care of our employees helping us to retain and attract talent. 

Greenalia supports the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. We are committed to making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of the strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of our company.

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Wind and solar energy

We want to do things right.

That is why, for each of our solar and wind projects, we put together a multidisciplinary team of experts to carry out extensive Environmental Impact Assessments prior to any intervention, with the objective of identifying all the elements we need to protect.

We look at every aspect and assess any potential impact to the soil, water courses, vegetation, landscape, biodiversity, atmosphere, natural habitats, cultural heritage and local communities. When necessary, we establish preventive measures to avoid damage and, where some level of impact is unavoidable, we design and implement mitigation measures in order to minimize our impact. Water quality and fauna is closely monitored, a vegetation restoration plan implemented where necessary and we promote a circular economy in all our projects.

In the Wind Power Sector Plan of Galicia, a distance of 200m is said to be the point as of which any acoustic emissions produced by a wind turbine are not perceived anymore. In our wind farms, we ensure that there is not any house located closer than 500m, so that any emissions produced during operation are covered with the background noise of the environment, protecting the wellbeing of our neighbours. We carry out acoustic emission studies prior to the start of the construction works, during the works and during the entire operation phase to ensure at all times the limits established by regulation are well respected.

We use only the most innovative technology for our aerogenerators to achieve maximum efficiency.

 

Forestry

We choose greater transparency.

That is why we decided to be voluntarily audited to the world s most highly respected forestry standards FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) and to PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes). These forestry certifications guarantee that we manage our biomass plantations responsibly as we comply with a rigorous set of environmental, social and economic requirements.

FSC certification is the only framework supported by environmental NGOs such as Greenpeace and WWF. FSC forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves the natural ecosystem and benefits the lives of local people and workers, all while ensuring it sustains economically viablility. 

To learn more, visit www.fsc.org

Biomass

We use technology for greater sustainability.

Our power generation biomass plant in Teixero (La Coruña) incorporates the latest technology developments. It will also be highly efficient in terms of generation, with low CO2 atmospheric emissions, in accordance with European Commission targets set. The plant uses dry cooling technology, so it consumes very little water and produces no spillage.

This project will contribute to the sustainability of forests and to fire prevention, offering incentives for the collection of small-sized wood waste that is normally rejected for industrial use. Once operational, it will increase the production of energy using renewable sources.

During the construction works 1,000 jobs have been created directly and indirectly, and 100 of them will be maintained once the plant starts its operations.

In addition, our woodchips drying plant for energy uses in Sigüeiro, one of the largest in capacity in Spain, is powered exclusively with renewable energy. The plant has also achieved double Chain of Custody certification FSC and PEFC as well as BIOMASUD certification as a productor and supplier of solid biofuels, a certification that recognises the quality and the sustainability of the biomass.

Please, let us know if you want to learn more about the sustainability of our projects by sending us an email to sostenibilidad@greenalia.es