Protecting and encouraging biodiversity helps boost ecosystems and keep them healthy for all lifeforms to thrive. We operate in accordance with all applicable local laws or regulations regarding biodiversity issues. Biodiversity issues for our operating business and construction project sites are addressed under the AES Environmental Management System (EMS) framework.
Our EMS framework encompasses all aspects of environmental risk management, including biodiversity risk management, and uses our environmental Aspects and Impacts Assessment (AIA) tool to identify biodiversity risks during major operational changes as well as during periodic site audits. The EMS framework process outlines how significant environmental risks, including biodiversity risks, must be addressed under the EMS process. A specific standard for AES Biodiversity Assessment and Protection provides additional AIA assessment guidance to our businesses on biodiversity risks.
For construction projects, including site selection, we assess and mitigate biodiversity risks during the pre-construction permitting and environmental impact assessment phases of the project, in addition to apply our AES EMS framework.
Download our 2014 Sustainability Report to read examples of individual biodiversity enhancement initiatives from our local businesses.