The conservation of biodiversity is both a duty and a desire for EDF Luminus. Impact assessments must be performed before submitting any permit application, in particular for the construction of wind turbines in rural areas. Additional studies may also be necessary for the renewal of certain permits, in particular in the case of hydropower stations built on the river Meuse in the fifties.
Above and beyond these required actions, EDF Luminus contributes to protecting biodiversity whenever possible. These efforts can be seen in particular at:
- the Ringvaart and Seraing sites (late mowing zones),
- the Angleur and Lixhe sites (dedicated biodiversity spaces),
- the four sites hosting bee colonies (Floriffoux, Grands Malades, Seraing et Ringvaart).
STUDYING THE BEHAVIOUR OF SALMON AND EEL
The hydropower stations built on the river Meuse in the fifties may contribute to the excess mortality of certain species of migrating fish. Studies are therefore aimed at learning more about the behaviour of fish downstream and upstream of the power stations. The objective is to develop the systems best suited to protect biodiversity.
These studies are part of the "Saumon 2000
" project launched by the Walloon Region to reintroduce the salmon into the Meuse basin.
These studies are conducted in cooperation with the EDF Group’s Research and Development experts.
In Belgium, as in other European Countries, the mortality rate of bees is more than 30 % per year, compared to only 15 % at the beginning of the century. The consequences could be severe : 84 % of crops grown in Europe depend on pollinating insects. In order to contribute to the protection of bees in Belgium, EDF Luminus has signed a partnership agreement with Beeodiversity in 2014. This commitment has been demonstrated through the installation of 12 honeybee colonies at 2 thermal sites and 2 hydropower sites, chosen because of their food abundance available all year round. In 2017, the number of beehives was reduced to 9, to account for the honey production observed on each of the 4 sites.
The partnership with Beeodiversity
has a decisive advantage: it follows a strict procedure which ensures a mortality rate of less than 5 % thanks to studies conducted by the university of Liège (Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech).
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