The conservation of genetic and eco-systemic biodiversity, both fauna and flora, in the biological corridors where we are present, is a fundamental axis of our Environmental Management
GRI (3-3) We are aware that the loss of biodiversity can represent a risk for Celsia, since we use water, sun and wind to generate energy and operate continuously.
At Celsia, we recognize the importance of the proper management, protection, care and conservation of biodiversity and we are convinced that there is a great opportunity to work on its recovery and maintenance, which we do by implementing actions based on the principle of Mitigation Hierarchy, to have no net loss of biodiversity, by creating a liquid positive impact on our environment.
Since several of our assets and projects are located in highly biodiverse ecosystems that are sensitive to interventions, we maintain a firm commitment to reduce changes in biodiversity.
GRI (3-3) (2-23) (2-24) (2-25) (2-29) At Celsia, we build and operate energy-generation, transmission and distribution projects and assets, so our main impacts are related to changes in land use and ecosystem fragmentation.
GRI (3-3) (304-2) (2-23) (2-24) (2-25) (2-29)
At Celsia, we are making progress in updating our Socio-Environmental Management Procedure by incorporating international standards, such as Performance Standard 6 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Equator Principles, among others.
From this derives the Protection and Conservation of Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources Guide, the objective of which is to establish guidelines and practices throughout the life cycle of assets, aimed at sustainably managing biodiversity, ecosystem services and mitigating impacts by guaranteeing continuous improvement, the efficient use of natural resources, the consolidation of relationships of mutual respect with all social actors, legal compliance and voluntary and financial initiatives to which the Organization adheres.
To materialize all the guidelines, we bet on:
In 2022, we created the ReverdeC Foundation to promote socio-environmental processes of participatory ecological restoration in various ecosystems, generating a positive impact on biodiversity and the social fabric. We contribute to the conservation of strategic tropical dry forest, humid montane, high Andean, paramo and mangrove ecosystems, strengthening community nurseries.
Commitment and Assessment
Commitment to Biodiversity
Target Net Loss or Improvement in Biodiversity
Period to Achieve the Goal: Between 2020 and 2025.
In 2022, the Sincé and Tuluá Solar Farms came into operation, as well as the Tesorito Thermal Power Plant, in Colombia.
Currently, 21 of 26 generation facilities in operation (O), new solar farms (P) and incoming projects have a Biotic Management Plan, which addresses the impacts on biodiversity generated by the construction and operation of the projects and facilities. In addition, the generation facilities in 2022 had at least one georeferenced study on biodiversity. The Biotic Management Plans are oriented to implement actions of no net loss – and, when possible, a net gain – of biodiversity and are prepared following the principle of Mitigation Hierarchy.
Commitment to No Deforestation
Period to Achieve the Target: No net deforestation is guaranteed by 2025 (compensation with future reforestation).
The generation plants, the high- and medium-voltage lines, the transmission and distribution solar farms and the projects have Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) aimed at avoiding, reducing, managing, mitigating and – ultimately – compensating for the impacts generated by the operational activities of each project, which contemplate compensation processes with restoration of vegetation cover within the framework of the regulations applicable to each one.
Biodiversity Exposure and Assessment
GRI (304-2) At Celsia, we evaluate and map the sites that are under our responsibility. This allows us to determine their level of importance, as well as the potential impacts that our operations may have on ecosystems.
Number and Areas of Evaluated Sites
ReverdeC is a voluntary ecological-restoration initiative, with the goal of planting 1,000,000 trees per year, in 10 years. For 2022, we exceeded our planting goal three and a half years in advance.
Figures as of December 31, 2022
Río Gualí y Lagunilla
and more than 30% are women
and more than 30% are women
Principal Results in 2022
We contribute to the knowledge of biodiversity with two new species of orchids discovered in Valle del Cauca, Colombia, a finding that was published by the Harvard Papers in Botany (HPB) journal of Harvard University.
The orchids were named Epidendrum calimaense and Epidendrum celsiae, in homage to the place where they were found and to Celsia. These species were discovered on a property owned by the Company, where ecological-restoration works were being carried out, as part of a pilot test for soil control and erosion.